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Obasan Summary
Joy Kogawa

Everything you need to understand or teach Obasan by Joy Kogawa.

  • Obasan Summary & Study Guide
  • 1 Student Essay
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  • 30 Obasan Lessons
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  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
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Obasan Summary


Winning both the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Canadian Authors' Association Book of the Year Award, Obasan was the first novel to deal with the Canadian internment of its Japanese citizens during and after World War II. Written by the poet Joy Kogawa, the novel appeared in 1981 while the efforts of Japanese Canadians to win redress from the Canadian government for internment were in high gear. The novel has been the focus of much criticism exploring its treatment of landscape, identity, and mother-culture.

The autobiographical work tells the story of a schoolteacher, Naomi, remembering the struggle to grow up as a third generation Japanese Canadian amid the hysteria of World War II. Being so young when internment began, she did not understand what was happening and nobody tried to explain it to her. She loses her mother as a result, she thinks, of her sexual abuse...

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