Japanese Problem: these people were Canadian and they weren’t a problem

Japanese internment in Canada.

This family of Japanese Canadians was forcibly relocated in 1942.

Japanese Problem is delicate production, but it packs a punch.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, thousands of Canadian citizens of Japanese origin were removed from the West Coast and forced to live in internment camps in the BC interior and elsewhere in the country. This was despite the fact that the RCMP said there was no evidence of spying or other fifth-column activity in the community. The citizens’ property, including homes and the sizeable fishing fleet from Steveston, was confiscated and sold—presumably to pay for their incarceration, although greed and racism were clearly factors. And these innocent people were not allowed to move freely within Canada until 1949. [Read more…]