“Keep your eyes down. When you are in the city, do not look into anyone’s face. That
way they may not see you. That way you offend less.”
The novel, Obasan tells the story of a Japanese family’s efforts to survive the
trauma of separation from their homes and eachother. The novel was written in 1981 by
Joy Kogawa and tells the details of how the Japanese were discriminated against during
World War 2. The
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of the main focuses in the
novel is the great detail in which described how the Japanese were treated, even though
they were Canadian citizens. One major weakness was the failure to distinguish between
present time and the past, which leaves the reader in slight confusion.
Altogether the novel was not only a story of Naomi’s family, but a story of history
told through the eyes of someone who faced the reality of it.