So Far from the Bamboo Grove Questions and Answers

So Far from the Bamboo Grove

In Chapter 8, Yoko's patience with the trash man allows her to enjoy a conversation with him despite his speech impediment. Later, Yoko discovers that the girls in the classroom have made an...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 1:40 am (UTC)

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The events in these chapters mostly concern the kind of life that Yoko and her mother, sister and brother enjoy in North Korea under Japanese occupation. However, tragedy strikes when they are...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2013, 6:57 am (UTC)

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Yoko, Ko and Mother make their way towards the train station along the river. They are approached by Korean soldiers but are able to hide successfully. The family overhears the soldiers talking...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2009, 6:07 am (UTC)

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Mother carried a wrapping-cloth with her wherever she went. She used it to carry the family's important possessions, wrapped up in a bundle tied with a knot. In it were "socks, underwear,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2008, 11:20 am (UTC)

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After failing a military conscription exam and being sent to work in a munitions assembling factory to serve Japan in that way, Hideyo is left behind when his mother and sisters must flee the...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2014, 2:07 am (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

In the story, Mrs. Kawashima, Ko, and Yoko flee their home in Nanam, Korea, and eventually arrive in Kyoto. Even though both Yoko and her sister, Ko, beg Mrs. Kawashima to take them north with her...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2015, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

This section of the novel marks a significant development and growth in maturity of the narrator, as she moves from thinking that her sister is bossy and controlling after her mother's death to...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2013, 7:44 am (UTC)

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Yoko, Ko, and Mrs. Kawashima, who have managed to be taken aboard a hospital train through the intercession of Corporal Matsumura, help with the sick people being transported in their boxcar. They...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2008, 1:10 am (UTC)

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In So Far From the Bamboo Grove, Hideyo, like the rest of his family, wishes to leave North Korea and return to his ancestral home of Japan. Hideyo realizes the danger of the communist troops...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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When the munitions factory where Hideyo works is ambushed by Korean Communist soldiers, Hideyo just barely escapes with his life. Along with three of his co-workers (Shoichi, Shinzo, and Makoto),...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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Yoko learns to appreciate her older sister's wisdom and courage when they cross the iron railroad bridge. Yoko is terrified about crossing the iron railroad bridge. The bridge stands high above...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2009, 6:32 am (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

Written by Japanese American author Yoko Kawashima Watkins, So Far From The Bamboo Grove is a semi-autobiographical novel and tells the story of eleven-year-old Yoko’s childhood in North Korea...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019, 5:38 pm (UTC)

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Yoko has been summoned to the principal's office. The principal has just received a letter addressed to Yoko from a Corporal Matsumura. He was the man who came to Yoko's family home one night when...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019, 4:55 am (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

Yoko's family lives in northeastern Korea, though they are Japanese, because her father is a Japanese government official in Manchuria during World War II. Yoko and her family live 50 miles from...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2017, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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As Ko, Mother, and Yoko hide in the wild irises, Korean soldiers from the Anti-Japanese Communist Army march past. All three females are on their way to the train station after Corporal Matsumura...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015, 2:29 pm (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

The story begins in North Korea. Not sure of the exact year, but it was during World War II so sometime around the 1939 - 1945 range.

Latest answer posted February 11, 2007, 10:34 am (UTC)

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In chapter 9 of So Far From the Bamboo Grove, Yoko and her sister Ko are struggling to raise enough money to buy clothes—let alone food and gifts—to celebrate New Year's Day. As the day draws...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019, 2:01 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Kawashima never explicitly states her values, so we must draw conclusions from her actions and her instructions to her children. We can easily see how much she values family; she walks many...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2007, 3:31 am (UTC)

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Yoko believes that if they could only get back to their homeland, everything will be all right, but after their harrowing flight and journey from Nanam to Kyoto, her high expectations are dashed,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2008, 6:52 am (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

Yoko Kawashima, her mother, and her sister Ko flee their home on July 29, 1945. Although they are Japanese, they live in the town of Nanan in northeastern Korea because Mr. Kawashima is a Japanese...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2008, 10:44 am (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

Ko, "tall and broad-shouldered" (Ch.5), is sixteen when she flees Korea with her mother and little sister Yoko. Forced to shoulder enormous responsibilities, Ko responds with strength...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2008, 3:22 am (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

Well, I haven't read the book, but based on all the comments here and the controversy it has stirred up, I am certainly intrigued to add it to my large stack of books waiting for me on my bedside...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2010, 9:22 am (UTC)

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

I use this book, an autobioraphical work, paired with Year of Impossible Goodbyes. It does not matter which book you start with, having the counter-point book is vital for the other side of what...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2008, 2:23 am (UTC)

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The Kawashimas go out of their way to be kind to the patients on the train. With the help of Corporal Matsumura, the Kawashimas secure a place on a hospital train headed for Seoul. The boxcar in...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2009, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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Ko says a lot of deeply unpleasant things to her little sister. She can be quite bossy at times, especially during those tense moments when everyone's feeling the pressure. Given the parlous...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018, 11:34 am (UTC)

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The Kawashima family lived in Korea because "Honorable Father" worked for the Japanese government in the northern part of Korea (Manchuria) while the Japanese occupied Korea. In the chaos of World...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2009, 5:44 am (UTC)

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The term "Honorable Sister" is most probably a translation of the word "One-esan," which is a common term used by children to address their older sisters. Although the word does have an inherent...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2010, 1:29 am (UTC)

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