Chapters 1-14: Summary and Analysis
Naomi Nakane (Nomi): The Japanese-Canadian narrator raised in Canada during WWII.
Stephen: Naomi’s older brother, who is three years older than Naomi.
Uncle Isamu Nakane (Uncle, also known as Sam): Naomi’s uncle, a boat builder who helped Obasan raise Naomi.
Aunt Emily Kato: Naomi’s aunt on her mother’s side of the family, two decades older, who focuses fiercely on the past and racial injustices done to the Japanese in Canada.
Obasan (Ayako): Naomi’s aunt who raised her, was married to Uncle, and is known as Obasan throughout the novel and for whom the novel is named.
Grandma and Grandpa Nakane: Naomi’s paternal...
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