Articulating the Silence and Survival
Different views about silence:
Different descriptions/images of the mother
silence. inviolate (225). "Kodomo
Naomi: end of
chap 35: "Her
tale is a rose with a tangled stem. All this questioning, this clawing
at her grave, is an unseemly thing."
Grandma Kato: -- "however
much the effort to forget, there is no forgetfulness"(281)--release
the burden of memory with writing
in the dream: a rose with a tangle stem
tide rushing away from the shore,
Canadian maple tree
long black hair falling --> Maypole
tree trunk, --> dead tree
chap 39 p. 244: a light piece of music, more
sad than happy, but quiet and dignified, a gentle tune, hiding the cacophony
life wrote in their bones.
scarecrow Grief with gentle eyes pp. 245-46
Reconciliation and Survival: "The song
of mourning is not a lifelong song."
remembering--personal memorial service to
the dead (Mother, Father, Uncle--all the "absences")
re-membering--two ideographs for love--·R
ÅÊ--¨t--kei as in nikkei--family lineage--a symbolic act to reweave the
family unravel by the war and to weave nikkei into the tapestry of Canadian
history (King-Kok Cheung)
confirming two kinds of love and two languages
accepting the mother's quiet tune
Fill the emptiness of Grief with "flesh":
the forest where colours meet, where there are berries, the coulie where
there are roses and wildflowers.
Naomi in Aunt Emily's clothes.