Japanese Canadian Internment
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SubjectWorld War, 1939-1945; Canada
Mary Kitagawa was seven years old when she was detained in a livestock barn at Vancouver’s Hastings Park. She remembers the stench of the buildings when she dragged her suitcase through the barn door in April, 1942. Mary and her family spent a month at Hastings Park before they were relocated to the BC interior. They were eventually moved to a sugar beet farm in Alberta until well after the war ended. Approximately 8000 other Japanese Canadian women and children were held at Hastings Park before being sent to farms and camps across Canada.
DescriptionThis 16-part series features stories from sites of memory in Canada related to the Second World War. Conversation kits that include discussion questions and activities for students and the public, along with web links and ideas for additional resources are available for each story and accessible online. Please note, each vignette opens with 20 seconds of silence.