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…
these present standards, Genji is not a hero. His sexual endeavors are appalling to our society. Murasaki Shikibu probably attempted to create a heroic character who had the ability to support multiple women. This may have been acceptable in ancient Japanese society, but not anymore. In our civilization, Genji’s actions portray a man who is not respectable and sometimes referred to as a “player.” Our society has a deeper respect for women compared to other cultures and previous decades. Women are empowered…
either of the two
whichever one (among three or more
night game [Japanese-coined word from
the English word "night"]
drinks [お is an honorific-polite prefix.]
water [お is a neutral-polite prefix.]
Yokohama Stadium (name of a baseball
lunch [Ａランチ 'Lunch Set A']
Japanese food [=日本りょうり]
all right; OK; good
to meet up with (～とあう); to see; to run
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…
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…
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…
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…
Canadian Identity History Isu
Multiculturalism is a part of any country. There are Jews in Germany, Indians in Canada, Asians in Turkey and so on. The idea of multiculturalism is rapidly gaining popularity in all parts of the world. This idea not only promotes the coming together of different cultures, but also helps discriminate against difference races. Over the past century, Canada has grown and changed as a country in several ways. The people of Canada have gone through experiences that have…
popular games to forgotten traditions, the world’s youth is constantly changing. Like the pendulum on the clock of change, always in motion, we and our surroundings are always constantly evolving.
Japanese attitudes toward religion differ considerably compared to those of the U.S. The vast majority of Japanese people identify as Shintoist or Buddhist, or both at the same time. Though Christian missionaries have been present in Japan for hundreds of years, there has been little effect on Japan's religious…
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