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I would be interested in corresponding with you about the compariable
differences of the Canadian and American Japanese Internments during the
Second World War.
The Japaneses-Canadians in Vancouver were actually relocated into the
interior of BC after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The Canadian
govn't denied their rights to move back to the coast, and allowed them to
remain only in Canada if they moved east (Ont). They were also encouraged
to return to Japan even though the large percentage (well over half) of
Japanese-Canadians were born in Canada.
I'm sure the stiuation was similar in the States, but I actually haven't
done any investigating?
I think if you were to contact Japanese American societies in your
community you would find them knowledgable and willing to educate. I
could recomend Joy Kogawa's historical fiction OBASAN. She was a child in the
internment in BC. And I'm sure you have heard of David Guterson's
fictional novel SNOW FALLING ON THE CEDARS.
I'm actually studing to teach both art and history and I have a deep
interest in this rich social issue.
Some Japanese Canadian groups also build paper floating-lanterns in
December to remember the bombing that took place. The lanterns
are then released on water as a ritualistic symbol of the effects
this period of time had on the communities of Japanese Canadians.
I think this would be a fantastic lesson to work with!
Let me know what you think?
Lisa in Vancouver @ UBC