Joy Kogawa’s masterful third novel, a middle-aged woman discovers painful truths about her father

kogawa_rainIn Joy Kogawa’s masterful third novel, a middle-aged woman discovers that her father, a respected Anglican priest, has long been a sexual abuser of boys. Originally published to critical acclaim in 1995, The Rain Ascends has been revisited by the author, with substantive additions to the end of the narrative that bring to fruition the heroine’s struggle for forgiveness and redemption.

As a middle-aged mother, Millicent is confronted with the secrets of her father’s past as she recalls certain events in her childhood-a childhood that, on the surface, was a blissful one. Disbelief turns to confusion as she faces up to the sins of her father and wrestles with a legacy of lies, silence and her own embattled conscience.

In The Rain Ascends, Joy Kogawa beautifully sifts the truth from the past and the sinner from the perceived saint. The result is a sensitive, poetic, yet searing depiction of the wounds left by abuse and the redemption brought by truth.( Penguin)

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Date Published: January 14, 2003
Subjects: Fiction
EAN: 9780143013xxx
Physical Dimensions: 5.50″ x 8.55″
Sales Rank: #

JOY KOGAWA was born in Vancouver in 1935 to Japanese- Canadian parents. During WWII,  Joy and her family were forced to move to Slocan, British Columbia, as part of the Canadian government’s policy to relocate and intern Japanese-Canadians. Kogawa is the author of several award-winning novels and volumes of poetry. In 1986, Kogawa was made a Member of the Order of Canada; in 2006, she was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia. She lives in Toronto.

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“Rain Ascends by Joy Kogawa.” Penguin Random House Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 June 2015. < http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/390961/rain-ascends#9780143013204

Critical Parenting Lead to Anxiety or strict ‘Tiger Mothering’ is effective

Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
“Tiger” parents may drive kids’ brains to overreact to errors

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In an age when the formula for success seems infinitely regressive—when having a good career means going to a good college, which requires acing your way through a top high school, middle school and even preschool—the onus is on the parent to push, push, push. We want our children to get a foot in the door before they even know how to tie the shoe that’s on it. But should we encourage our children through tender praise, or do we embrace the “tiger mom” strategy of punishment and criticism?( Peck)

Does Science Support the Punitive Parenting of “Tiger Mothering”?

strict mother disciplining childPermanent Address: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tiger-mother-punitive-parenting/
A law professor’s new memoir has stoked controversy because of its suggestion that a strict, authoritarian upbringing leads to academic success. But what does the scientific evidence say?

Are Chinese moms superior? That claim was suggested in a headline last week for a book excerpt in The Wall Street Journal by Yale University law professor and self-proclaimed “tiger mother” Amy Chua. It drew roars of anger from parenting experts and the Chinese-American community for its harsh parenting techniques, which included verbal denigrations and negative reinforcement, such as not permitting bathroom breaks or threats to destroy favorite toys until the child performed a musical composition flawlessly. The excerpt attracted numerous comments and responses such as “Parents like Amy Chua are the reason why Asian-Americans like me are in therapy.”

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Works Cited

Choi, C. (2011, January 18). Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/harsh-critical-parenting-may-lead-to-anxiety-disorder-symptoms/

Peck, M. (2015, April 9). Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/harsh-critical-parenting-may-lead-to-anxiety-disorder-symptoms/

AP Geography students deliver hope :-)

as the comments roll in from the non-fiction reading project, I’m profoundly impressed by the students’ responses. Clearly they are intelligent teens but also must have grasped comprehension from their studies with Mrs. Clarke. Terrific notes everyone. Remember to submit a reply to your a classmates comment. Assess their content and respond. Great job so far!