internment of japanese

by Frances Itani

Since being published in 1981, Joy Kogawa’s Obasan has remained the definitive novel about the post-Pearl Harbor internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Even in the U.S.—where treatment of internees was, ironically, less harsh than it was here—there is no real literary equivalent, although the success of David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars (which was also made into a film), did cast a bright, if indirect light on this dark chapter of our mutual histories when it came out in 1995. Read more…