Obăchan's garden

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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.
Ohama, Linda; National Film Board of Canada
Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Documentary films
North American Culture; Canadian Culture; Personal and Family Lives; Japan; 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
North America; United States; New Jersey; Princeton
Distinctive Media Collections
English; Japanese
Rights Statement
In Copyright
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Physical Description
95 minutes; color


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Creation/Production 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.
Other Identifiers
Filename: lms-090325; Fedora 2 PID: umd:2090; Handle Identifier: hdl:1903.1/1162; Catalog Key: alephsys003136936; OCLC: ocm52926773

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