Lights of Okhotsk : a partial translation and discussion in regard to the Ainu/Enchiw of Karafuto. (2019)
AuthorsRose, Zeashow all
This thesis aims to introduce the autobiography Lights of Okhotsk (2015) to a wider English- speaking audience by translating excerpts from the original Japanese into English. The author of Lights of Okhotsk, Abe Yoko, is Ainu and was born in Karafuto (the southern half of what is now known as Sakhalin) in 1933. Abe wrote about her life and experiences growing up in Karafuto before and during the Second World War as a minority. Abe also wrote of her life in Hokkaido following the end of the war and the forced relocation of Ainu away from Karafuto. Historical events such as the Second World War, 1945 invasion of Karafuto, along with language loss, traditional ecological knowledge, discrimination, and displacement are all themes depicted in the excerpts translated in this thesis. These excerpts also depict the everyday life of Abe’s family in Karafuto and their struggles in postwar Hokkaido.