Henry Shimizu Interview Segment 53

Origins of name; description of siblings (ddr-densho-1000-198-1) - 00:06:42
Father's early life in Canada, running a hotel and restaurant (ddr-densho-1000-198-2) - 00:03:29
Observing cultural and ethnic diversity in childhood community (ddr-densho-1000-198-3) - 00:05:48
Memories of interactions with indigenous people in Prince Rupert (ddr-densho-1000-198-4) - 00:03:58
Description of family hotel/restaurant (ddr-densho-1000-198-5) - 00:07:24
Father's return to Japan to remarry after passing of first wife (ddr-densho-1000-198-6) - 00:03:23
Description of prewar Japanese community in Prince Rupert: industry (ddr-densho-1000-198-7) - 00:03:30
The role of Japanese immigrants in British Columbia's fishing industry (ddr-densho-1000-198-8) - 00:08:29
The uniqueness of prewar Japanese-built fishing boats (ddr-densho-1000-198-9) - 00:10:52
Description of father: business philosophy (ddr-densho-1000-198-10) - 00:07:05
Mother's immigration to Canada (ddr-densho-1000-198-11) - 00:06:04
Attending Sunday school as a child; learning English in kindergarten (ddr-densho-1000-198-12) - 00:05:10
Memories of Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-198-13) - 00:05:24
Daily routines living in the family's hotel (ddr-densho-1000-198-14) - 00:05:59
Description of close family friend and cook in family's hotel/restaurant (ddr-densho-1000-198-15) - 00:01:13
Mother's adjustment to life in Canada (ddr-densho-1000-198-16) - 00:08:34
Attending grade school in Prince Rupert (ddr-densho-1000-198-17) - 00:05:24
Remembering a group of childhood friends, the "Fraser Street gang" (ddr-densho-1000-198-18) - 00:04:12
Academic expectations as a student of Japanese descent (ddr-densho-1000-198-19) - 00:07:30
Reactions to the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-198-20) - 00:06:09
Community reactions to the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-198-21) - 00:05:25
Effect of the onset of the war on Japanese fishing fleet in British Columbia (ddr-densho-1000-198-22) - 00:04:32
The role of a community newspaper editor in determining the fate of Japanese Canadians during the war (ddr-densho-1000-198-23) - 00:07:28
Actions of the Canadian government following the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-198-24) - 00:05:36
Family's preparations for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-198-25) - 00:04:27
Round-ups of Japanese nationals by the RCMP (ddr-densho-1000-198-26) - 00:05:49
Leaving Prince Rupert, being seen off by teacher and classmates (ddr-densho-1000-198-27) - 00:05:51
Being escorted to the train station upon leaving Prince Rupert (ddr-densho-1000-198-28) - 00:02:46
Journey to Hastings Park, Vancouver (ddr-densho-1000-198-29) - 00:08:07
Description of Hastings Park population (ddr-densho-1000-198-30) - 00:02:05
Attending school in Hastings Park (ddr-densho-1000-198-31) - 00:05:20
New experiences being in a class of all Japanese Canadians (ddr-densho-1000-198-32) - 00:08:40
Being allowed to periodically leave Hastings Park (ddr-densho-1000-198-33) - 00:06:46
Tom Shoyama's role in scouting out concentration camp locations (ddr-densho-1000-198-34) - 00:03:53
Preparing abandoned ghost towns to house Japanese Canadians during the war (ddr-densho-1000-198-35) - 00:05:27
Life in Hastings Park: discovering ways of sneaking in and out (ddr-densho-1000-198-36) - 00:06:17
A memorable lunch in Vancouver (ddr-densho-1000-198-37) - 00:03:34
Dispersal after leaving Hastings Park: choosing a destination (ddr-densho-1000-198-38) - 00:06:14
Impressions upon arriving at New Denver (ddr-densho-1000-198-39) - 00:05:11
Description of housing arrangements at New Denver (ddr-densho-1000-198-40) - 00:07:01
Building of the New Denver camp into a community (ddr-densho-1000-198-41) - 00:05:33
Remote location of New Denver dispels the need for fences (ddr-densho-1000-198-42) - 00:01:49
Dealing with poorly constructed buildings and stark climate in New Denver (ddr-densho-1000-198-43) - 00:06:19
Education restrictions for Japanese Canadians (ddr-densho-1000-198-44) - 00:03:53
Description of education system in New Denver (ddr-densho-1000-198-45) - 00:06:25
Being taught in camp by French-speaking nuns (ddr-densho-1000-198-46) - 00:05:46
Unusual lessons at New Denver (ddr-densho-1000-198-47) - 00:05:51
Passing the time in camp: family friend builds a rock garden (ddr-densho-1000-198-48) - 00:06:37
Description of Japanese Canadians who moved to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-198-49) - 00:04:47
Canadian government's attempt to encourage Japanese Canadians to move east or to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-198-50) - 00:03:25
Family's decision to leave New Denver and move to Edmonton, Alberta (ddr-densho-1000-198-51) - 00:02:42
Father's economic losses as a result of World War II (ddr-densho-1000-198-52) - 00:05:02
Father's attitude after taking a loss on small business (ddr-densho-1000-198-53) - 00:04:57
Parents' difficulties restarting after the war (ddr-densho-1000-198-54) - 00:04:09
Discussion of postwar racial climate in Edmonton (ddr-densho-1000-198-55) - 00:02:59
Attending medical school, making the decision to pursue plastic surgery (ddr-densho-1000-198-56) - 00:07:13
Practicing plastic surgery in the early years of the profession (ddr-densho-1000-198-57) - 00:03:11
Performing a milestone surgery successfully (ddr-densho-1000-198-58) - 00:08:25
Continuing milestones in plastic surgery (ddr-densho-1000-198-59) - 00:03:58
Involvement in the Japanese Canadian redress movement (ddr-densho-1000-198-60) - 00:05:14
Unique position as chairman of the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation (ddr-densho-1000-198-61) - 00:07:42
Reflections on the work of the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation (ddr-densho-1000-198-62) - 00:05:02
Getting married: the difficulties of an interracial relationship (ddr-densho-1000-198-63) - 00:06:55
Raising a family: description of children (ddr-densho-1000-198-64) - 00:06:35
Doing a series of paintings based on experiences during World War II (ddr-densho-1000-198-65) - 00:12:01
Receiving the Order of Canada (ddr-densho-1000-198-66) - 00:05:09
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Father's attitude after taking a loss on small business

00:04:57 — Segment 53 of 66

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July 25 & 26, 2006

Densho Visual History Collection


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Henry Shimizu

Henry Shimizu Interview

06:08:27 — 66 segments

July 25 & 26, 2006

Seattle, Washington

Nisei male. Born November 26, 1928, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. Grew up in Prince Rupert, and was removed with other Japanese Canadians to Hastings Park, Vancouver, Canada, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Moved to the New Denver incarceration camp and then resettled in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with his family. Studied and practiced medicine at the University of Alberta specializing in plastic surgery, where he helped establish a burn-treatment center. Served as the chair of the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation. In 2002 finished a series of 22 paintings depicting life in the New Denver incarceration camp.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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