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Nima of the Month

milestone (British Columbia, Canada)

George Doi was born in a small mining town in British Columbia, Canada. At the age of nine, he and his family were uprooted and moved to Bay Farm, a remote internment camp where they remained for 4 years. Now 88 years old, he still has sharp memories of those times and the hardships endured there.

George submitted the story about his virtual “walk around the world” as part of the More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports special series, and we’re now in the process of publishing his 4-part story about his family’s experiences before, during, and after World War II. The first two parts are already online, with the last two sections to be published in the next few weeks.

What do you like about Discover Nikkei?

I was first introduced to Discover Nikkei by my friend, Norm Ibuki. I especially enjoy reading about the Nikkeis in USA and South American countries and noting the differences/similarities that were used towards our imprisonment. I feel that our stories need to be told and not buried. The younger generations must be kept informed and educated about those times while there are still first-hand story tellers to tell their stories, and to this end, Discover Nikkei is playing a vital role.

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