Liya J.

Regina, Alberta

Regina Regional Heritage Fair

Trapped Behind the Invisible Bars of Internment

In my Heritage Fair project I will be talking about the horrible Japanese-Canadian internment camps during WWII. I talk about why they put them in internment, what happened in internment and the effect on Japanese-Canadian culture.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I figured out about Japanese internment camps was, that they were such a big part of our history that I no clue about until January, 2016.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

That we always have to work our hardest to make sure no culture, religion is washed away, and pushed away because of racism. And that countries always have to learn from their past mistakes, so nothing like this could never ever happen again.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Very different. Those people had to suffer so much. They faced, ten families being cramped into one house, no electricity, running water or heating. Poor health, and nutrition and abuse. Nothing I've experienced can compare to the horrible things that they had to deal with.