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Obasan by Joy KogawaI decided to read the novel by Joy Kogawa entitled Obasan Thenovel was written in 1981 and told the details of how the Japanese werediscriminated against during World War 2 The author s main purpose wasto educated the reader on how hard life really was for her family andother Japanese Canadians living in British Columbia and especially inVancouver Joy Kogawa tried to show how ignorant British Columbiansreally were and that we still do not fully understand what reallyhappened during the war She also tries to teach Canadians the cultureof the Japanese The novel starts in the seventies with Naomi a teacher inNorthern Alberta finding out that her uncle has died When Naomi returnshome to console her Aunt Obasan she begins to relive the difficulties ofher life She recounts the struggle against the government andthemselves while trying to stay in Vancouver Naomi is very small at thetime of the war and did not really fully understand what was happening toher race The novel recounts the struggle of Naomi s Aunt Emily toensure that her family would be together in whatever place they were sentto Aunt Emily wanted to head east to Toronto but was unable to get thedocumentation for the entire family which included her sister childrenwho she was taking care of The novel discuses the camps that theJapanese families were sent to in Hastings Park during the war Itdescribed the treatment the families received while there including thelack of food and the smell of manure Naomi during this time was beingsexually molested by her next door neighbor and did not tell anybodyabout this Naomi seems resentful during the novel as she comes acrossas a quiet little girl who does not seem to interact with many people Aunt Emily finally finds a place in Slocan for the family to go live butjust before they leave finds out her and her immediate family could go toToronto This leaves Aunt Emily going to Toronto and
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