Itsuka

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Already a Canadian bestseller, Itsuka, the sequel to Joy Kogawa's award-winning novel Obasan, follows the character Naomi Nakane into adulthood, where she becomes involved in the movement for governmental redress. Much more overtly political than Kogawa's first novel, the story focuses on reaching that itsuka - someday - when the mistreatment of those of Japanese heritage during World War II would be recognized. Although during the war both the United States and Canada interned Japanese-Americans and confiscated ...
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Overview

Already a Canadian bestseller, Itsuka, the sequel to Joy Kogawa's award-winning novel Obasan, follows the character Naomi Nakane into adulthood, where she becomes involved in the movement for governmental redress. Much more overtly political than Kogawa's first novel, the story focuses on reaching that itsuka - someday - when the mistreatment of those of Japanese heritage during World War II would be recognized. Although during the war both the United States and Canada interned Japanese-Americans and confiscated their property, when the war ended the property of those in Canada was never returned to them. Itsuka is the story of the fight to get government compensation for the thousands of victims of the wartime internment, which was, unbelievably, only just accomplished in 1988. Both a moving novel of self-discovery and a fascinating historical account of the fight for redress, Itsuka's final message is one of inspiration and hope.
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Itsuka translates to ``some day,'' as in, someday ancient wrongs will be righted, old grievances will be redressed. This is the story of the long struggle by Japanese Canadians to receive compensation for the racist evacuation and internment policies carried out by their government during World War II. Many derailed lives never got back on track; many continue to carry the burden of the fight for redress. Naomi Nakane, raised by her gentle aunt and uncle on a prairie farm, finds herself thrust into the redress movement in middle age. She and her friends are up against not only a resistant government and its successive ministers for multiculturalism but also the insidious contingent within their own ranks who believe that a formal apology and a token compensation sum will suffice. In language at once spare and poetic, Kogawa's powerful polemic moves us to dream with her that ``itsuka, someday, the time for laughter will come.'' Recommended.-- Barbara Love, St. Lawrence Coll., Kingston, Ontario
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385468855
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Anchor Books ed
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 414,960
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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