Obasan Japanese Canadia Analysis

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As a baby feels warm and comfort in the embrace of one’s mother and when that comfort and warmth is gone and coldness cuts deep into the flesh; that is what the Japanese Canadian felt in Canada during the second world war. It was their native motherland yet Canada turned its back on them. The war between United States and Japan jeopardized the lives of Japanese race Canadians. They were the victims of racism and they had to face conditions that no human would want to face. Just like how the Jews were being exterminated in Europe, the Japanese-Canadians faced similar conditions, but it was not as extreme as them. They were forced to live in their most horrifying nightmares by none other than the fellow Canadian government and citizens. The Japanese-Canadians entire society was humiliated by the Canadian government and Canadian citizens’ discrimination and racist attitudes. Through the novel, Obasan, Joy Kogawa talks how the curse of racism upon Canada destroyed the great society of…show more content…
Due to the separation from her family and being treated worse than animals, Grandma Nakane was slowly losing her sanity. She was aware of the fact that they were the scapegoats but she did not understand why they were the scapegoats because they were by birth Canadians. Why they were discriminating the Japanese race and not the German race? Kogawa mentioned the strong culture of Japanese society and their living styles. Even though they were living in Canada but they did not let go of their culture and living in a joined family with care and love was emphasized by the author. The fact that most of the Japanese-Canadians were easy to break down was that they were used to live combine with their families and being separated from them drove them to the edge. Even when the war was over the trauma of those horrifying days haunted them for many
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