Enemies within?: Japanese-Canadian Internment 1941-1949

by Lindsay Epp

From the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 until years after the war had ended, Japanese-Canadians were forced from their homes and into internment camps, most of these in British Columbia.

“By Turns Poetic”
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Roy Miki, prominent Canadian poet and scholar (currently a professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University) describes the long process of redress in "By Turns Poetic". 

From Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation Through the Lens of Cultural Diversity. Edited by Ashok Mathur, Jonathan Dewar, and Mike DeGagne. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2011.

Forced To Close
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Japanese-Canadian business owners were forced to surrender their businesses and properties to the Canadian Government. Here Yamato Silks tries to clear out inventory with a sale advertisement (Vancouver Sun)

Decades of Prejudice: Vancouver Anti-Asian Riots, 1907
This image depicts damage done to a storefront in Japantown during the 1907 Anti-Asiant Riots in Vancouver. These riots help to illustrate that racial injustice was nothing new to Japanese-Canadians at the time of internment. (Historica Canada Library and Archives)