Naomi, who grew up in Canada during World War II, suffers from not knowing about the loss of her mother.
First, a neighbor lures her into an episode of abuse, leaving her with a guilty heart. Then her mother leaves for Japan to help nurse an ailing grandmother. Her Aunt Emily comes to visit, and Naomi overhears frantic, whispered conversations, which she does not understand.
The culmination comes when Naomi, her older brother Stephen, and their Aunt Aya Obasan of the title are sent to live in Slocan, a near-deserted mining town in the mountains of interior British Columbia. Their assigned home is a sagging, two-room log cabin on the edge of the woods.
The family group settles in to live there for an unknown duration. Most of the adults in Slocan have suffered the forced loss of their property, homes, and occupations, but even so a community emerges. Naomi and Stephen do not have a school, except for Sunday School, until May, Stephen, however, has his music, and Obasan keeps Naomi busy making scrapbooks of the royal family.
Naomi has a close brush with death when she jumps off a log raft into a murky lake. Rescued by Rough Lock Bill, a local resident, she ends up in the hospital but learns that not all white Canadians are like her scary Vancouver neighbor.
When the war is over, there is hope of returning to Vancouver. Unfortunately, it is not to be. He is greeted joyously, but obviously his health is precarious. When the family is removed once again, this time to work in the sugar beet fields of Alberta, he is hospitalized with tuberculosis.
Naomi never sees him again. Nor is there ever any word from her absent mother. Life and work in the beet fields are even more miserable than life in Slocan.
The entire section is words.When Obasan finds a package from Aunt Emily (her other aunt, not Obasan), things really get interesting. It's a huge stack of papers. Aunt Emily's letters, journals, and papers lead Naomi on .
Essays and criticism on Joy Kogawa's Obasan - Sample Essay Outlines. Chrissy Paolini Obasan Object Essay The Role of Letters in Obasan Although Naomi is thirty-six in the present day of Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan, she still has unanswered questions about her childhood.
A summary of Chapters 35–39 in Joy Kogawa's Obasan. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Obasan and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Joy Kogawa's Obasan Essay Words | 3 Pages. I decided to read the novel by Joy Kogawa entitled Obasan.
The novel was written in and told the details of how the Japanese were discriminated against during World War 2.
--Obasan The educational value through this novel is not necessarily what the characters perceptions or even if school is mentioned in the story, but the significance is that the readers can relate to this novel through the character, the language, the proverbs and learning about Japanese-Canadian history, which is a lesson in itself.