While I Was Away

by Waka T. Brown | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 006301713X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingJ4Shawwing of Boise, Idaho USA on 12/23/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingJ4Shawwing from Boise, Idaho USA on Thursday, December 23, 2021
About the Book:
When twelve-year-old Waka’s parents suspect she can’t understand basic Japanese, they make the drastic decision to send her to Tokyo to live for several months with her strict grandmother. Forced to say goodbye to her friends and what would have been her summer vacation, Waka is plucked from her straight-A-student life in rural Kansas and flown across the globe, where she faces the culture shock of a lifetime.

In Japan, Waka struggles with reading and writing in kanji, doesn’t quite mesh with her complicated and distant Obaasama, and gets made fun of by the students in her Japanese public-school classes. Even though this is the country her parents came from, Waka has never felt more like an outsider.

If she’s always been the “smart Japanese girl” in America but is now the “dumb foreigner” in Japan, where is home? And who will Waka be when she finds it?


My Review:
Read in January 2022

When twelve-year-old Waka’s parents suspect she can’t understand basic Japanese, they send her from her home in America to Japan, to spend several months living with her Grandmother and attend school in Tokyo.
This memoir was such a great read in that it was a rare insight into cultural difference. I found this a unique and insightful read, and there were many heart warming as well as heart wrenching parts to what played out. This felt like sitting down with the author over some tea and hearing her childhood story.

Journal Entry 2 by wingJ4Shawwing at Boise, Idaho USA on Monday, May 23, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (5/23/2022 UTC) at Boise, Idaho USA


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Journal Entry 3 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Thursday, May 26, 2022
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