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1 Presented by: Dan Herbert

2 . This book is called Obasan Joy It is written by Joy Kogawa I liked Obasan The sequel to Obasan is itsuka I would like to read Itsuka

3 Genkan information Significance to novel Chief Sitting Bull quote Japanese beliefs Analysis of the extended metaphor Sigmunds mispronunciation Hiragana alphabet Public bath information Significance to novel Honouring elders Significance

4 Sunken entryway in building at doorway is called a Genkan Shoes and outdoor clothing are removed to prevent dirt getting inside the house

5 Near beginning of novel Shows family still keeps Japanese traditions Shows Naomi has respect for Obasans house by helping keep it clean Helps characterize Naomi as being respectful

6 Uncle could be Chief Sitting Bull squatting here. He has the same prairie-baked skin, the deep brown furrows like dry riverbeds creasing his cheeks. All he needs is a feather headdress, and he would be perfect for a picture postcard- Indian Chief from Canadian Prairie souvenir of Alberta, made in Japan. (Pages 2-3)

7 Japanese people believe in Shintoism Belief in respect for elders And similar to Native beliefs, the belief that everything has a spirit and should be respected

8 Uncle is being compared to Aboriginal leader Chief Sitting Bull Similar religious beliefs Look similar with prairie-baked skin Japanese person with feather headdress Chief Sitting Bull

9 Sigmunds hand is up, as it usually is. Yes Sigmund Miss Nah Canny, he says. Not Nah Canny, I tell him printing my name on the black board: NAKANE. The as are short as in among Na Ka Neh- and not as in apron or hat (Page 7)

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11 In Japan the bath (known as ofuro in Japanese) is a place of rest and relaxation. Shower before entering bath tub Toilet is in different room than bath tub Before Japanese homes had running water each town would have a public bath house

12 Naomi and Obasan probably do not have running water at home Also only Japanese-Canadians go to the public bath so they can socialize with other Japanese people about the issues and racism facing them

13 At the beginning of Obasan Uncle speaks in Japanese and compares the plains of Alberta to the ocean Uncle is from Japan Japan is an island so there is water or sea surrounding

14 Japanese people believe in respect for spirits and elders (kami) Naomi honours her Mother even in death She feels a part of her died when her mother died

15 Even though her mother is dead Naomi is respecting her and honouring her After all the prejudice she still keeps her Japanese traditions

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17 All images from Quotes from Obasan by Joy Kogawa Information about Japanese traditions from LKJ ADR Public bath info guide.com/e/e2074.htmlhttp://www.japan- guide.com/e/e2074.html Hiragana lettering from pacet=&dump=unihtml pacet=&dump=unihtml

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