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Obăchan's garden

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Alternate title:Obachan no gade
Japanese immigrant's memoir
Summary:In the wake of the 1923 earthquake that devastated Tokyo, 25-year-old Asayo Murakami left Japan, her husband and two children, to resettle in Canada. Using dramatizations, newsreel footage, family photos, and interviews with the 103-year-old Asayo - Obachan, or Grandmother, as her extended Canadian family calls her - this program traces one woman's tumultuous life story. From her early years in Japan, to her arrival in British Columbia as a mail-order bride, to her internment during World War II, to a reunion with a long-lost daughter, Obachan's remarkable personal story illustrates the Asian immigrant experience during the 20th century.
Contributor:Ohama, Linda
National Film Board of Canada
Provider:Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:New Jersey
Place of origin – Settlement:Princeton
Topical subjects:Japanese -- British Columbia -- Steveston
Japanese -- British Columbia -- Steveston -- History -- 20th century
Japanese -- Canada -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Mail order brides -- Japan
Mail order brides -- British Columbia -- Steveston
Murakami, Asayo
Genre:Documentary films
Credits:Narrator, Linda Ohama ; director/writer, Linda Ohama ; producers, Linda Ohama, Selwyn Jacob ; director of photography, Kirk Tougas ; editors, Linda Ohama, Manfred Becker ; music, Dennis Burke.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Personal and Family Lives
Films@UM Browse terms:Japan
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