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Obasan by Joy Kogawa
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May 21, 09

Read in May, 2009

I read Second Violin by John Lawton on the way to France, not realizing that much of that novel centered around the internment of British aliens during WWII. I read Obasan on the way back to Canada so it provided an interesting comparison of the British internment activities and the Canadian treatment of Japanese aliens AND citizens after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I'm very proud to be Canadian but this was a sad time in our history. The evacuation of Japanese-Canadians from the west coast was bad enough but the subsequent repatriation and dispersal policies were incredibly cruel. Beautiful writing and I highly recommend it.
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