Touched By Dispossession

As our project evolves, we have gathered stories of individual and communities that were touched by dispossession. We are grateful to the contributors and we are honoured to to share these with you.

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1500 Chickens- By Sally Ito

This is one of the entries of short anecdotes about writer Sally Ito's late Nisei great aunt. This one deals with dispossession, but not your usual possessions. You can read all forty stories at http://cowbird.com/grdvph/stories/chronological/ 1500 Chickens By Sally...

More Than Possessions – Ohina san (Girls’ Day Dolls)

More Than Possessions – Ohina san (Girls’ Day Dolls)

More than Possessions Masako Fukawa, Burnaby, BC My family lived in Steveston surrounded by relatives connected by blood and the fishing industry. Both grandfathers started in fishing. My paternal grandfather left Japan in 1893 and on arrival in Canada entered the...

My Grandfather Takateru Takarabe’s Story of Dispossession

My Grandfather Takateru Takarabe’s Story of Dispossession

By Donna Buck A few years ago I had sent away for the government’s archived records with regards to my Grandfather, Taketeru Takarabe and the sad story of trust, betrayal and dispossession as all Japanese Canadians of his time endured. I had often thought it would be...

Japanese Canadian fishing boat escapes dispossession

Japanese Canadian fishing boat escapes dispossession

Late In 1941, Toshiaki (Jack) Goto took possession of his new gill netter - the last one built by the Suzuki Brothers Boat Works on Annacis Island. When he and his family were ordered relocated in 1942 his Finnish neighbor, Frans Jakko (Jack) Taipalus, bought the new...

Deep Bay Logging-the Japanese Camp in Fanny Bay

Deep Bay Logging-the Japanese Camp in Fanny Bay

Submitted by Everette Surgenor, Castlegar, BC I believe that Mr. Kagetsu started his logging operation in Fanny Bay in 1923 and his timber license gave him access to timber from the highway up into the mountains between Coal Creek and north to Cougar Smith Creek. He...

Port Alice memories – Dee S.

Submitted by Kenna Barradell   Victoria BC I was happy to hear about this project this morning on CBC. When I was very young, my grandmother shared stories about her early married life in Port Alice and the joyful times spent with the Japanese community there. She was...

‘Gently to Nagasaki’ -Joy Kogawa

Excerpt from Chapter 1 in Joy Kogawa's new work-in-progress, 'Gently to Nagasaki' Like twenty-two thousand other ‘enemy aliens’ during World War II, our family lost our home back in the 1940’s. I was in grade one. Suddenly we Canadians of Japanese ancestry had become...

Mizuno Family Camera

Mizuno Family Camera

ca.1921 JCNM 2011.17.1 Mizuno Collection “Folding Pocket Camera.” Nikkei Images 16, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 24. This small and fairly ordinary No 3-A Autographic Kodak Folding Pocket Camera encompasses many stories. The Mizuno family ran a rooming house at 578 Alexander...

Midge Ayukawa

Ayukawa, Midge. "Lemon Creek Memories." Nikkei Images 17, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 11-16. Since December 8th when the Japanese language teacher had announced that the school was being closed and had admonished us that we were Canadians and to remember that our allegiance...

Cole R Harris

My grandfather, a young Englishman from a prosperous industrial family in Calne, Wiltshire, took up land on a bench above Slocan Lake between New Denver and Silverton in 1896, and planted a sizeable orchard. It was not successful; when the mines closed there was no...

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