Obasan: Puffin Classics by Joy KogawaObasan: Puffin Classics by Joy Kogawa

Obasan: Puffin Classics

byJoy Kogawa

Paperback | November 4, 2014

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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.

  JOY KOGAWA was born in Vancouver in 1935 to Japanese- Canadian parents. During WWII,  Joy and her family were forced to move to Slocan, British Columbia, as part of the Canadian government’s policy to relocate and intern Japanese-Canadians. Kogawa is the author of several award-winning novels and volumes of poetry. In 1986, Kogawa ...
Title:Obasan: Puffin ClassicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:November 4, 2014Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143192345

ISBN - 13:9780143192343


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for everybody I was first attracted by its lyrical language, then its revelation and candid portrayal of humanity - abandonment and betrayal overcome by resilience and love. Obasan opened my eyes to a part of the world history: the story of Canadian Japanese at the time of World War II in Canada. I love this story - living in this world that we are all modern nomad - Obasan invites you to think about belonging and home, and to treasure the long way that we have come in respecting humanity, and so much more to work hard on in the future. A standing ovation for Obasan and Joy Kogawa.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This story provides approachable version for a non-Japanance person to gain a context of what interment camps where like.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dark and provacotive Obasan paints a dark and truthful view of the Japanese internment within BC during the second World War. The story is dark and moving and provides a necessary perspective on the events. This is an important book to read -- just don't expect a happy ending.
Date published: 2017-01-29

Editorial Reviews

“Read Obasan to understand the danger of silence ... Read it because it is beautifully written and so alive. But read it most of all because it is a powerful and heartbreaking story of a little girl in a big time.” - Teresa Toten