Japanese Canadians During 1941 to 1945, World War II was a sad time in Canada’s history. Due to the unfortunate attacks on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Canadians were treated unjustifiably. The Canadian government subjected the Japanese Canadians to financial loss, racism, relocation of residencies, and harsh living situations. The attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 sparked nationwide ramifications to the Japanese Canadians, especially financial loss. For instance, many Japanese Canadians lost their jobs “Canadian Pacific Railways fired all its Japanese workers, and most other Canadian industries followed suit” (Japanese 1). Furthermore, many Japanese Canadians relied on fishing boats to support their families, but “Canada declared war on Japan on Dec. 7, 1941, and the seizure of Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels started the next day” (Legion 3); this resulted in a huge loss of income. Many Japanese Canadians during World War II had their property seized, which left them with no home to return to. More to the point “In 1943, the Canadian agency that oversaw confiscated properties began to auction off the properties without permission of the owners” (World 2). Consequently, Japanese Canadians undoubtedly endured financial struggle and were treated like the enemy. During World War II Japanese Canadians were victim to racism which impacted their lives negatively. Fear and chaos had heightened after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and white Canadians feared all Japanese Canadians would side with their homeland. Evidently, the Canadian Government bowed to requests to get rid of the Japanese Canadians. For example, “On December 15, 1945, three Orders in Council were issued under the authority of the War Measures Act. These allowed the Minister of Labour to deport Japanese nationals and also natural born or Canadian citizens of Japanese descent. 10,000 requests for deportations were received by the government. 3946 Japanese were sent back to Japan, none of them (or so we are told) against their will” (The 2). The war Measures Act was carried through even though the Canadian government had no evidence of any Japanese Canadians being suspicious. “The removal order was opposed by Canada’s senior military and RCMP officers who stated that Japanese Canadians posed no threat to Canada’s security”(Japanese Canadians 2). In addition even two years after the war Japanese Canadians were still being deported finally “In 1947 these orders were revoked because of the thought that Canada was only using the deportations as a way of removing the "Oriental Problem" rather than it being a wartime security measure” (The 2). Finally, it is clear that the Canadian government was trying to have an all-white country even Ian Mackenzie states, “‘it is the government’s plan to get these people out of B.C. as fast as possible. It is my personal intention, as long as I remain in public life, to see they never come back here. Let our slogan be for British Columbia: No Japs from the Rockies to the seas'"(Japanese 2). Unfortunately Japanese Canadians were forced to relocate since they were branded as Enemy Aliens. The relocations of residencies were not optimal for Japanese Canadians in World War II. First, Japanese Canadian families were segregated by the Canadian Government in order to prevent an increase in population of the race. Unfortunately, the Canadian government’s view of safety was blinded by paranoia in which resulted in the forced relocation of Japanese Canadians. For Example, “On January 14th, an area, stretching 100 miles inland from the Pacific coast, was designated as a ‘protected area,’ or an area free of foreigners who might pose a threat, through an Order-in-Council. All Japanese male nationals between 18 and 45 were removed from this area and sent to work camps near Jasper,” (Centre 2). To further prove the injustice of relocations, “On February 25, 1942, a further Order-in-Council was passed, giving the Minister of Justice the
Too little, too late: Did the Japanese-Canadian Redress compensation and apology truly make amends?
June 10, 2013
Did the Japanese-Canadian Redress compensation and apology truly make amends?
On January 15,1942, a Liberal M.P from New Westminster, Thomas Reid said in his speech to the East Burnaby Liberal Association, “Take them back to Japan. They do not belong here, and here, and there is only one solution to the problem…
Japanese Canadian Internment
Friday, June 12, 2015
In Canada today, we have a wide variety of cultures all over our country such as the Japanese, Chinese, Natives, and others. In the early 1900's, many Japanese immigrated to Canada for jobs such as fishing, mining, and logging (Hickman and Fukawa 21). Despite needing Japanese immigrants, in the year of 1907, Canada was not very accepting of immigration. Canada was an extremely racist country, especially…
The Japanese Canadian
Japanese expansion in East Asia began in 1931 with the
invasion of Manchuria and continued in 1937 with a
brutal attack on China.
On February 24th, 1933, Japan stuns the world and
withdraws from the League of Nations.
aggressive in the
Pacific such as
Indonesia, parts of
The Tripartite Pact
Internment of japanese canadians
Internment of japanese Canadians is a very controversial topic in history. Internment started as the war against japan intensified, with the rising fear that Canada’s west coast might be attacked. It could be argued that if the govern ent did not make the decision to relocate the Japanese, there could be social unrest. The serious anti-Japanese sentiment among the public developed because people thought they might be spying for the Japanese government or support…
Japanese internment; a dent in canada’s history
Written By: MN
World War II changed the way the entire world used to run. It created a new chapter not only in our national history, but internationally as well. Protective measures were taken in Canada where 22 000 Japanese Canadians were isolated and placed in internment camps to insure protectiveness. Many would argue that this was unjust and wrong, yet Canada made the right decision when they decided to protect themselves against potential…
War Two was a significant event in our world’s past, to which many nations learned from the events that took place during this difficult time period in history. Among such events was the internment of thousands of Japanese citizens in both Canada and the United States. With the Japanese expansion into China and Hitler’s rise in power within Germany, the world was becoming a very scary place during the 1930’s through the 1940’s. The threat that Hitler and Japan presented to the world led to a shift…
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Nicole Dean & Ashley Mutton
January 13, 2015
Battle of Hong Kong
The Canadians first made an appearance in the Second World War in December of 1941, while called to protect Hong Kong from a Japanese attack. The Canadian soldiers along side the Hong Kong soldiers fought relentlessly with overwhelming odds against them. The soldiers refused to surrender but were eventually overrun by the Japanese. Those who survived the battle became prisoners of war and suffered the torture, disease,…
Battle & Year
The Battle of Atlantic
September 3rd 1939- May 8th 1945
During six years of naval warfare, German U-boats and warships – and later Italian submarines – were pitted against Allied convoys transporting military equipment and supplies across the Atlantic to Great Britain and the Soviet Union. The Germans quickly ramped up manufacture of their U-boats and had hundreds of submarines patrolling the Atlantic Ocean by 1943. They allies tried countering…
and sea, an on the home front.
Canada played a major role on land in securing the victory for the Allies by contributing many men and providing specialized expertise. In Europe, Canadians contributed greatly on D-Day by using their previous knowledge and experience from the Dieppe Raid. In Dieppe, “of the 5000 Canadians who took part, 913 lost their lives, while another 1950 were taken as prisoners of war.”1 The Allied nations took note of what went wrong in the Dieppe raid and made changes to their…