Frank Moritsugu

Frank Moritsugu is a retired mainstream journalist who was the first Japanese Canadian to become a staffer on Maclean’s magazine, the Toronto Star, Montreal Star, etc. Currently in his 90s, he regularly writes a column in Nikkei Voice.

Born in British Columbia, his experiences include the wartime mistreatment of Japanese Canadians that began in 1942, and serving overseas in the Canadian Army as a sergeant in the Intelligence Corps after the ban against JCs eating in the Canadian military was lifted in 1944-46 when British Forces in Southeast Asia badly needed Japanese-language interpreter/translators.

Updated May 2018

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Life in Tashme

The following is my contribution to the Tashme Project—the ongoing collection of remembrances about that particular wartime family detention camp. Naturally the remembrances are being solicited from those who stayed in that camp. So technically I do not qualify—having been a road camper near Revelstoke as was my brother Ken.

But Tashme was where my mother and six siblings had been sent from Vancouver in 1942 to join Dad there. And my remembrance which I am sharing with you has to do with a two-week visit to Tashme in early 1943.

That opportunity came about as the result ...

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