The main issue is how America treats its immigrants, While this book deals with how the US treats Chinese and Japanese immigrants before and during the World War Two some of these issues are very prevalent today with different immigrant group.
There are many other issues that may be compared to today. How did the Japanese feel about each other? How does the fact that Americans group immigrant today affect how we look at them? (example- they are Spanish, Muslim, Hindu.) Do various immigrant groups today look at other immigrants as inferior? Do different immigrant groups in the US. allow their children to be friends or intermarry? How do parents feel about this? Why did Harry wear “I am Chinese button?” Why do you think Keiko didn’t make more of an effort to find Harry? What sort of discrimination do immigrants face in school today? Compare how the Japanese were treated after Pearl Harbor, in the US, with the treatment of Muslim after 9/11.
While in many ways this is a story of love and loss the issues that are brought up are timeless. This paper, if done right, will compare and contrast these issues, and many others you may think of.
Please use the original book “The hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet” by Jamie Ford. It is important to quote liberally from the book, with page number, to prove your points.