Dear Canada: Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1941 by Susan AihoshiDear Canada: Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1941 by Susan Aihoshi

Dear Canada: Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1941

bySusan Aihoshi

Hardcover | February 1, 2012

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The harsh conditions of an internment camp become a reality for a young Japanese-Canadian girl.

It is 1941 and Mary Kobayashi, a Canadian-born Japanese girl enjoys her life in Vancouver. She likes school, she likes her friends, and she yearns above all else to own a bicycle. Although WWII is raging elsewhere in the world, it hasn't really impacted her life in B.C.

Then on December 7, 1941, Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. . . and everything changes.

Suddenly a war of suspicion and prejudice is waged on the home front and Japanese-Canadians are completely stripped of their rights, their jobs and their homes. Mary is terrified when her family is torn apart and sent to various work camps, while she and her two sisters are sent, alone, to a primitive camp in B.C.'s interior. Here Mary spends the duration of the war, scared and uncertain of how it will all end.

In Torn Apart, author Susan Aihoshi draws from the experiences of her own family during "The Uprooting" of the Japanese in B.C. during WWII. Through young Mary's eyes, readers experience this regrettable time in Canadian history firsthand.

On writing Torn Apart, SUSAN AIHOSHI said, "It was not until this present opportunity arose to write the Dear Canada Japanese Internment story that I have at last been able to achieve one of my lifelong goals - to write a book. It has also been a very gratifying way to explore my own family members' history as Japanese Canadians who li...
Title:Dear Canada: Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1941Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 7.67 × 5.55 × 0.76 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0439946603

ISBN - 13:9780439946605


Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Title An amazing story in great changes happen. Embark on a young girl's journy to a camp, and the changes that happen in her life.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Canadian Japanese Internment During WWII Reason for Reading: I'm working my way through reading this series. One of my favourite WWII topics is the Asian Holocaust and the Japanese internment is a Canadian homefront bi-product. This is a very fast-paced interesting story and gives a good child's eye view of what happened during this time in Canada's own and the world at large's history. Of course a book like this cannot examine such a complicated situation both socially and historically to fathom the how and why of such events happening. I give props to Ms. Aihoshi for mentioning at least two facts. In one sentence she mentions the unnamed atrocities that the Japanese are inflicting upon the Chinese as they invade that country and in another sentence she mentions the Japanese submarine shelling aimed at a lighthouse on Vancouver Island. This at least sets the story in some political light but of course this book is not about that, nor did I expect it to be. What it does do is highlight the feelings of a people when they are rallied against because of their ethnic heritage no matter where they were born or where they have lived. It is a terrifying situation and this first-time author describes it well through the eyes of a young girl and what she sees through her large Catholic family and neighbours' behaviours. We also see the resilience of people when they are brought together in tough times and how they can either decide to give up or pull together and make the most of a poor situation. Many bad things happened because of the internments, loss of property, items of personal value, businesses and homes; but many people managed to make their life better than before by moving to different parts of Canada and taking on new ways of life. The Japanese eventually won the rights they had been seeking some years after the war and received redress and restitution in 1984. A heart-warming, tender and often frightening story of a family who lost their rights in a free country
Date published: 2012-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Latest in Series While I have had some time to observe classroom reaction to other volumes in the series, and have written about their reception here and in prof. reviews, I do not yet have classroom experience with this particular volume. However, since it is the latest in the series, I will offer the following based on a comparative reading with others in the series. The topic is, of course, deserving of attention and appropriate. Having said that, based on what seems to be an unfortunate "flatness" in the author's style, I am not sure if this will become one of those treasured volumes. The hallmarks of vibrancy and cultural connectedness found in the series, and to which students respond, are lacking here. Students are perceptive - I worry about the occasional condescending voice and often tedious descriptions. I will revisit once I have student responses.
Date published: 2012-02-02

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dear Canada: Torn Apart"For those of us who are the children and grandchildren of Evacuation and Internment survivors, this book deserves our special attention and, hopefully, will be the catalyst for a younger generation to be empowered by better knowing who they are and where they come from." -Norm Masaji Ibuki, National Association of Japanese Canadians "I found it really interesting, even though it was sad. It seemed more real than fiction...I would definitely recommend it." -The National Post (review by Maia and Diana, age 9)"Though the outlines of the story may seem sadly familiar, they are chilling when revisited in the diary of 12-year-old Mary Kobayashi." -The Montreal Gazette"An important story...this reader was moved to fury, and tears." -CM Magazine