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Obasan Obasan is the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War told through the eyes of a child After the attack on Pearl Harbor five year old Naomi s life is changed forever Separated

  • Title: Obasan
  • Author: Joy Kogawa
  • ISBN: 9780143192343
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • Obasan is the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, told through the eyes of a child After the attack on Pearl Harbor, five year old Naomi s life is changed forever Separated from her mother, she watches bewildered as she and her family become enemy aliens, persecuted and despised in their own land.

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    1. The Government makes paper airplanes out of our lives and flies us out the windows. Some people return home. Some do not. War they all say, is war, and some people survive.Out of all the countries in the world, Canada is the one I have most seriously considered for emigration purposes. The stereotypes Americans have for that northern border are notorious; kind, peaceful, oh so funny with their maple syrup and their Mounties, Mounties being a nickname for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, shorte [...]

    2. Obasan took me by surprise. If it weren't in 500GBbW, I may never have read this, and the story it tells might have remained for me one bald, shame-concealing line in victorious history books. I started reading, not knowing what it was about. It opens gently, quietly, with a scene of undulating hills covered in tall grasses, that is tranquil and beautiful, yet troubling because there is a silence behind it, an uncertainty about meaning, an uncertainty about being. Shall I shatter this uneasy pea [...]

    3. when i was recommended with this book from my english teacher for summer reading just because i'm asian, i was not excited about this book a story about a japanese family who lived in canada during wwii i heard stories about the time that japan ruled over korea from my grandparents i learned about wwii from history classes but when i read this book, everything changed not only it changed my view on japan and america but also on good and evil most people associate japan during WWII with evil they [...]

    4. Wow this is late. Blame school.Ok, here we go.Looking at what's going on in the world today only furthers my belief that people need to educate themselves. Your education system, wherever you are, will only be the best if it's a course related to STEM. Sure you maybe lucky like me and have strong departments in all the other fields of education, but sadly, departments unrelated to STEM often get the smallest budget. What's the point in building advanced technology if you're just going to be putt [...]

    5. Obasan is narrated by Naomi, a sheltered and pampered child who is five years old when her life is drastically changed by the events at Pearl Harbor and the Second World War. As a Japanese Canadian, Naomi is separated from her parents, persecuted and eventually placed in an internment camp - common practice in Canada during WWII. “If all this sounds like a bird’s-eye view to you, Nesan, it’s the reportage of a caged bird. I can’t really see what’s happening. We’re like a bunch of rab [...]

    6. I am surprised by how many people have never read this book. Kogawa documents a dark part of our history that every person should be aware of. A must for every library. ********Introduction:There is a silence that cannot speak.There is a silence that will not speak.Beneath the grass the speaking dreams and beneath the dreams is a sensate sea. The speech that frees comes forth from that amniotic deep. To attend its voice, I can hear it say, is to embrace its absence. But I fail the task. The word [...]

    7. A bit too light and wispy? Our narrator is very fond of looking at the scenery and only shyly alluding to the human rights abuses going on all around her.But crucial reading I'd liked to hope Japanese internment was only a mad USA thing. Canada! Part of the Empire! Bloody hell.

    8. Jeeeeesus christ.I'd never heard of this book before having to read it for the Intro to Literature class I'm TAing for this term. Not sure how, actually, because turns out it's a Canadian classic (I'll blame it on my Quebec upbringing), and with good reason: it's important, but not only that, it's good. It takes the Japanese-Canadian narrative in World War II (in all its mindblowing horror), and renders it emotionally and, at times, quite poetically. It's a heartbreaking book, particularly when [...]

    9. No book I've ever read has ever broken my heart like this one. I cried on the bus heading home from school, cried late at night reading tucked under the covers, an cried again in the morning, sitting in the Arts Undergrad Society student lounge. But more often than not, I sat silently, awash in the stark and simple beauty of Kogawa's prose, numb with sorrow too great for tears or shaking with anger at the wrongs my country, my government committed against the Nisei, against people more Canadian [...]

    10. I really wanted my students to learn about this era in history, and so many other teachers had recommended it, so I went ahead and assigned it as summer reading before I actually read it. That summer, I picked it up time and time again, trying to force my way through it. It was so boring that I decided to contact my students and tell them not to worry about reading it. They were all happy -- they couldn't read more than a page at a time, either.

    11. *** BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! ***"We have to deal with all this while we remember it. If we don't we'll pass our anger down in our genes. It's the children who'll suffer." p.36I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading Obasan ('Aunt'), by Joy Kogawa. In Holland World War II is the main war of the 20th century and the Canadians, Americans and British were 'the good guys' that liberated us. My father was imprisoned in a Japanese camp in Indonesia as a child, so the Japs were the bad gu [...]

    12. One of the worst books I have ever read. The pace is unbearably slow. Chapter 14, comprised solely of letters, made me want to throw the book out the window. Unfortunately, I was forced to read this for my English class and could not do so. The author was entirely focused on attempted symbolism and metaphor that was dull and did not aid in the plot whatsoever. The topic could have been presented in a way that was emotional and touching, however, the author has caused me nothing but irritation.

    13. I read this for a women's social history class. Obasan is a story about Japanese-Canadians during WWII told from the point of view of a young Japanese-Canadian girl from Vancouver whose family's life and future is torn apart by the Canadian interment policies for that time.It is a story that has not been openly discussed within Canadian history classes as it in juxtaposition to how we view ourselves during times of war. We are the good guys, the peace keepers, sometimes the heroes, but not the ' [...]

    14. After a bit of a dry spell with novels, Obasan for me was like an incredible waterfall of language and historical context. Kogawa is clearly a poet, which is vital to the telling of this narrative because the horrors faced by these Japanese-Canadian characters cannot be expressed in simple prose. Set in Vancouver in the WWII era, this novel tells Naomi's coming-of-age story during intense discrimination and disruption to her identity and community. I read this novel while teaching Postcolonial W [...]

    15. This is the first time I've read Obasan, a novel that is heart-wrenching in the pain it depicts and all the things it doesn't say. I can see why it had such an impact when it was first published as the first book which described the exile of Japanese Canadians. It is shocking and devastating to read of the pain that existed in my own country during the war and that was continued purposefully for so many years afterwards by a government fuelled by racist fears. For me, this book is a reminder of [...]

    16. Obasan is a fascinating look into the lives and experiences of a Japanese-Canadian family from the perspective of an adult family member who was born and raised in Canada. Through this novel, the reader discovers what might be to some a surprising aspect of Canada's past: our attempt to remove all Asian immigrants from Canada after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.This is the only book that has ever made me cry. I was genuinely caught off guard by the sheer devastation described in the last few pa [...]

    17. When I was taking a graduate exam, I felt hopeless because I was unfamiliar with any of the assigned excerpts. But then I find the one titled Obasan and guessed that must be about Japanese immigrants. Who could write about them better than I do? So that saved my MA degree, and I determined to read the book some time later. It took me 3 years to finally get to read the book, and all I can say is ”Depressing.” Grief seeps through every line. I didn't know that Canada inhumanly discriminated an [...]

    18. Obasan is an autobiographical novel about the author's experience in a Japanese internment camp during the 1940's in Canada. Kogawa was a child when her family was relocated from a large city to a rural community.The family was Canadian born of Japanese descent, and their experience was fascinating to me as a contrast to how the same ethnic families suffered under U.S. relocation policies. In Canada, not only were the families interned in camps, but their cars were confiscated from them as well. [...]

    19. This book is absolutely fabulous. Kogawa, who herself was a Canadian citizen forced to evacuate the west coast of her country because of Japanese heritage, shares the complexities of what Japanese Canadians experienced in WWII when they were evacuated from the coast (and not allowed to return until April 1949).

    20. A little heavy on the symbolism, but a moving story about the Canadian-Japanese experience during World War II.

    21. In this time of bubbling racism and bigotry that percolates from the murky depths of hatred and narrow-mindedness, blinding Americans to the constitutional rights of citizenship and freedom of religion, it is a good thing to read of past mistreatment of minorities in this country (and in other countries as well). The forced internment of loyal Japanese Americans was a terrible blight on American history, and it is fairly familiar to most schoolchildren, largely because of books such as Houston [...]

    22. Next to Surfacing and In the Skin of a Lion, Obasan belongs to a group of novels I had to read for a course on Canadian literature, which is why – having reviewed the other two books – I’d like to spend some thought on Kogawa’s novel as well!Megumi Naomi Nakane, the protagonist and narrator, has Japanese ancestors, but has spent most of her life in Canada. In 1972, when she starts telling the story, she's a 36 year-old, unmarried school teacher. Up until that year, she used to go on a tr [...]

    23. The book Obasan is about Japanese Canadians during WWII. Nomi, a young teacher, recalls her experience as a young girl when her family was forced to live through the cruel and inhumane conditions during WWII that many Japanese Canadians had to live through, by reading her aunt’s documents and letters from the war. Other characters in the book include Nomi’s aunt, Obasan, Uncle, Aunt Emily, Nomi’s older brother Stephen, Nomi’s father and mother, and several other family members. Over the [...]

    24. Before I picked up this book, I knew nothing about the history of Japanese-Canadians. Sadly, I know almost nothing about Canadian history, period, and it had never even occurred to me that the Canadian government might have had similar anti-Japanese policies during WWII.[return][return]The book starts with the narrator, Naomi, as an adult in the '70s. When she goes to see her aunt after her uncle's death, she finds a package from her other aunt containing a diary and letters written during the w [...]

    25. Naomi ,a 36-year-old schoolteacher living in the rural Canadian town of Cecil, Alberta, returns to her Aunt Aya's house to help plan her recently passed uncle's funeral. When looking at old pictures and reading old journal entries and papers from her aunt, memories return of WW2 and the discrimination against the Japanese in Canada. Naomi recalls the past memories of being forced out of their home and sent to Slocan a ghost town. Living with her older brother Stephen, her Uncle, and her grandmot [...]

    26. In this book, the main character is Naomi Nakane, a young teacher living in Canada. The book is set in Canada in the 1972, but also flashes back to World War II times, when Naomi was a young child. The main conflict is that throughout the book, Naomi uncovers her own past and the past of her entire family, who suffered at the hand of officials from Canada and the United States during WWII, because of their nationality (Japanese).Something that I liked was the use of analogies and comparison that [...]

    27. Multi-generational family saga from 1941 to the 1970's told from the perspective of a daughter from age 5 to 35. The book opens with Naomi as a five year old Japanese-Canadian living in Vancouver with her upper middle class family, her mother having just gone to Japan to visit elderly relatives. War measures taken to protect the Pacific Coast from Japanese invasion begin with intering all citizens and residents of Japanese descent in Hastings Park (still in use as a horse race track in Vancouver [...]

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