Daily Lessons for Teaching So Far from the Bamboo Grove

Yoko Kawashima Watkins
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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)


Chapter 1

In this chapter, readers meet the Kawashima family, Japanese natives living in Korea during World War II. Daughter Yoko is asked to dance at a local hospital for injured soldiers. There she meets Corporal Matsumura who will become an important figure in her life. Facing persecution from the Korean Communists, the Kawashima family must leave their home in order to survive. This lesson will help students to acquaint themselves with Yoko's background, upbringing, and current circumstances.


1. Lecture and Discussion: To help students understand Yoko's background, give students a brief overview of the history of relations between Japan and Korea, focusing on the government of Manchuria. Students should understand why the Korean Communists were seeking out Japanese nationals and killing them; this will help students understand why Yoko's family is on the run. The notes from the publisher at the end of the book will...

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