Ellaina S.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

Japanese Internment

My project is about Japanese Internment Camps. What they are, what they were for. Also on how it affected the Japanese Community here in Canada.




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

The most interesting thing I learned is that there were actually internment camps opened up in Canada. But it wasn't very worth it. In my opinion, I was surprised that Canada's government did some pretty bad things in the past.

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

The lesson I learned with my project is...as the saying goes, "Don't judge the book by it's cover". Let's say you see someone that looks like you wouldn't like, would you immediately stay away from that person? But you decided to get to know that person who turns out to be a great friend. Well in 1942 the government of Canada picked the other choice, to stay away from that "person". Which was very wrong of them to do. They judged them by their cover

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

Japanese internment camps changed so many lives, innocent lives. The fact that they kept people interned even if they didn't do anything despite how long the people pf Japan has been in Canada. The internment camps had a big impact in the internees. Leading to affecting the Japanese population in Canada.