Joy Kogawa

Joy Kogawa is a Canadian author and poet of Japanese descent, best known for her novel 'Obasan' which deals with the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II.

Books

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  1. 1. Obasan

    The book is a semi-autobiographical novel that tells the story of a Japanese-Canadian woman named Naomi, who reflects on her experiences during World War II. As a child, Naomi was forced into internment along with thousands of other Japanese-Canadians, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The narrative explores the themes of racism, identity, silence, and the power of memory, as Naomi grapples with the trauma of her past and the impact of her cultural heritage on her present life.

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