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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Controversial book to remain in classes


A divisive book about the aftermath of war will remain in sixth-grade classrooms because the Dover-Sherborn Regional School Committee voted last night to revamp the English lesson to better reflect the story's historical context.

"So Far from the Bamboo Grove" by Massachusetts author Yoko Kawashima Watkins was challenged by a group of 13 parents who said it was racist against Koreans and too graphic for sixth-graders.

The award-winning book is Watkins's story, told through her eyes when she was 11, of escaping Korea after World War II with her family and the horrors they experienced and witnessed on their way to Japan.

Some parents argued that it wrongly ignores the atrocities committed by the Japanese while they occupied Korea.

-- Globe City & Region staff

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