Thames Valley Regional Fair
Internment of Japanese Canadians
I chose to research the topic of the Japanese Internment because my Great-Grandma Toshiko Yasui was sent to a camp in Greenwood BC during WWII. I interviewed my Great-Grandma about her experience and shared with her my research.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
I was shocked to find out that many of the Japanese Canadians who were sent to the internment camps were actually born in Canada!
Also, I was very interested to learn about my family's story and my Great-Grandma's experience.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I learned that the Japanese Canadians were mistreated by our government and experienced racism. It is important to learn about the Japanese Internment so that something like this doesn't happen again in Canada.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I am sad that my Great-Grandma and her family were treated so badly just because they were Japanese. I have never experienced any kind of racism and can be proud of my Japanese culture.