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Japanese Canadians

During World War II, approximately 21,000 Japanese Canadians, citizens and non-citizens alike, were removed from their homes in western British Columbia and placed in camps in the interior of the country. Able-bodied men, both Issei and Nisei, were separated from their families and sent to work in forests and on railroads and highways. Families were subsequently banished to remote mining ghost towns, sent to work on sugar beet farms, or permitted to resettle east of the Cascade Mountains where the government severely restricted their movements. Land, buildings, and other properties were seized without compensation and without the owners' permission. Japanese Canadians were forbidden from returning to the West Coast until 1949, four years after the war ended. In September 1988, the Canadian government formally apologized for the mass removal and incarceration and awarded individual compensation to all survivors.

Japanese Canadians (123)

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Bill Hashizume Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1006-4-14)
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Japanese wartime situation; dealing with Japanese government propaganda

This interview was conducted by the JC Legacy Project, a project of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Mitsu Ito Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1006-1-2)
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Father's and uncles' immigration to Canada

This interview was conducted by the JC Legacy Project, a project of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Shizuko Kadoguchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1006-2-8)
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Description of living conditions in Tashme

This interview was conducted by the JC Legacy Project, a project of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Bill Hashizume Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1006-4-5)
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Helping on family farm as a child

This interview was conducted by the JC Legacy Project, a project of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Bill Hashizume Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1006-4-23)
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Thoughts on identity as a Japanese Canadian who lived in Japan

This interview was conducted by the JC Legacy Project, a project of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Henry Shimizu Interview Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-198-43)
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Dealing with poorly constructed buildings and stark climate in New Denver
Henry Shimizu Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-198-7)
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Description of prewar Japanese community in Prince Rupert: industry
Henry Shimizu Interview Segment 61 (ddr-densho-1000-198-61)
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Unique position as chairman of the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation
Henry Shimizu Interview Segment 50 (ddr-densho-1000-198-50)
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Canadian government's attempt to encourage Japanese Canadians to move east or to Japan
Henry Shimizu Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-198-24)
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Actions of the Canadian government following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Henry Shimizu Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-198-23)
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The role of a community newspaper editor in determining the fate of Japanese Canadians during the war
Masamizu Kitajima Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-287-17)
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Living in an immigration center while awaiting transfer to the mainland

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department …

Orest Kruhlak Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-296-10)
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Entering into negotiations between the Canadian government and Japanese Canadians regarding redress
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