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A Japanese Canadian Child-Exile: The Life History of Basil Izumi

Part 7: Basil and the Holy Cross Anglican Church

Stanley Kirk

As noted previously, Basil’s parents had both been active members of the Holy Cross Anglican mission, and as a small child he had attended Sunday school and kindergarten there before the internment. Upon returning to Canada from Japan, he attended the Anglican Church in Vernon with his aunt and ...

A Japanese Canadian Child-Exile: The Life History of Basil Izumi

Part 6: Life in Canada

Stanley Kirk

Basil stayed with his grandmother and aunts in Vernon from 1949 till they moved to Vancouver in 1954. He says, “At first, during the internment, they had been at Mento Mine outside of Lilloet, BC, at one of the self-supporting sites.1 My other aunt had stayed in east Lilloet ...

A Japanese Canadian Child-Exile: The Life History of Basil Izumi

Part 5: Exile to Japan and Return to Canada

Stanley Kirk

Exile to Japan

A Japanese Canadian Child-Exile: The Life History of Basil Izumi

Part 4: Uprooting and Internment

Stanley Kirk

Basil had just graduated from kindergarten when the uprooting and internment started. His father was initially sent with the other able-bodied young men to work on a road camp while Basil and his mother were sent directly from Vancouver to the Slocan City internment camp in eastern BC. He clearly ...

A Japanese Canadian Child-Exile: The Life History of Basil Izumi

Part 3: Birth and Family Background of Basil Izumi

Stanley Kirk


A Japanese Canadian Child-Exile: The Life History of Basil Izumi

Part 2: The Realization by Anglican Japanese Canadians That They Had Lost Their Church Properties

Stanley Kirk

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A Japanese Canadian Child-Exile: The Life History of Basil Izumi

Part 1: Historical Overview of the Japanese Canadian Anglicans to the End of World War 2

Stanley Kirk

Christian missions came quickly to the early Japanese immigrant community in Vancouver. The earliest known missionary activity among them was conducted by an itinerant minister from the United States, Matsutaro Okamoto, in 1892. Three years later he was succeeded by Goro Kaburagi, who eventually affiliated with the Methodist church. It ...

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I grew up in a small conservative town in western Canada and am now teaching English at Konan University in Kobe, Japan. During my college days at the University of Calgary, I met a few Japanese Canadians, including an office administrator who was a sister-in-law to Joy Kogawa. After coming to Japan I was fortunate to come in contact with several fascinating Japanese Canadians who had been illegally deported to Japan after the war and have lived in Japan ever since. A couple years ago I started my present research on the life histories of these exiles and am finding it to be the most fulfilling research I have ever done. I hope to continue this research and eventually develop some English language education materials around these life histories.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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