So Far from the Bamboo Grove
Though Japanese, eleven-year-old Yoko has lived with her family in northern Korea near the border with China all her life. But when the Second World War comes to an end, Japanese on the Korean peninsula are suddenly in terrible danger; the Korean people want control of their homeland and they want to punish the Japanese, who have o...more
this book wasn't bad, but if it's taught without a little history, the koreans look like total barbarians. it's unfortunate that at the end of ...more
But my mother was lucky. She had her father together all along their escape from China’s continent. But t ...more
Surely that happened to some degree, but Koreans will likely continue thinking that they were perfect angels upon liberation and every point after that.
The book bothers me because it is supposed to be autobiographical fiction, the "fiction ...more
I wanted to see if what the people were objecting to was really there. The book is about Yuko's mother and older sister fleeing from North Korea, trying to get to the south and away from the Korean Communists.
Very early in the book Yuko and the others are treated al ...more
World War II, it is the story of two Japanese sisters and their mother escaping Korea and then trying to survive as paupers and eventually orphans in Japan.
What touched me most was when I gave it to my WW II veteran father to read. I thought he might find it interesting since he served in Japan as a Marine and later as a LDS missionary. I did not know/remember he had actually been in Kyoto. He remembers being told as a marine not to give any of the ...more
But now, towards the end of the war, Yoko, her mother and older sister Ko are warned by a friend, Corporal Matsumura, that things are not going well and they must try to return to Japan immediately. With Mr. Kawashima, a Japanese diplomat, away in Manchuria, China, and their 18 year old brother Hideyo ...more