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Jeanne's brother-in-law, Kaz, works as a foreman in reservoir maintenance detail, requiring him to carry an ax. Because of the ax, people are paranoid about his presence; he is constantly assaulted and insulted by camp officials and Manzanar Police (MP), who shout "Jap" at him.
It should be remembered that the guns and guards of the camp are there to keep the Japanese locked in, not to keep predators out. This strange inversion of principles naturally creates a feeling of enmity between the guarded and the guards. When something goes wrong, simply because the guards are too fierce, the guarded become angry, and the guards become more guarded.
This short chapter is truly an aside, a comment about Jeanne's brother-in-law, Kaz. His job in reservoir maintenance requires that he carry an ax. The irony is that all the camp officials are paranoid about his having one, especially the Manzanar Police (MPs); they, however, are suspicious of all the internees inside the camp.
The highlight of this aside is that when the sergeant leaves his three privates to keep an eye on the reservoir crew, both the privates and the crew are jittery, nervous and scared of the other. Although neither side seems to directly threaten the other; both are afraid of what might happen.
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