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A Japanese Canadian Teenage Exile: The Life History of Kazuko Makihara

Part 2: Uprooting, Dispossession, and Incarceration

Stanley Kirk

Shortly after the beginning of the war with Japan, the Canadian government ordered all Japanese Canadians living within 150 kilometers of the coast to “evacuate.” Kazuko’s family were given only twenty-four hours to leave their home. She remembers her mother telling her to quickly pack her own clothes. The ...

A Japanese Canadian Teenage Exile: The Life History of Kazuko Makihara

Part 1: Birth and Childhood until the War

Stanley Kirk

Kazuko (Katy) Makihara was born into the Fukuhara family on September 26, 1933 in her parents’ home near Vancouver Cannery on Sea Island (now the location of Vancouver International Airport). Her birth was assisted by a Japanese midwife, Ms. Watanabe. She had an older sister, Hisaye, a younger sister, Judy ...

The Life History of a Japanese Canadian Child Exile: Mikio Ibuki

Part 7: Career and Adult Life in Japan

Stanley Kirk

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The Life History of a Japanese Canadian Child Exile: Mikio Ibuki

Part 5: Early Childhood in Canada and Deportation to Japan

Stanley Kirk

Mikio Ibuki is a good example of those Nikkei exiles who intended to return to Canada but ended up staying in Japan. He was born in Vancouver on January 1, 1940 as the first child of Suejiro and Mitsue Ibuki. As mentioned earlier, he has a younger sister, Kazuko (born ...

The Life History of a Japanese Canadian Child Exile: Mikio Ibuki

Part 6: Childhood and Education in Japan after Deportation

Stanley Kirk

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The Life History of a Japanese Canadian Child Exile: Mikio Ibuki

Part 4: Suejiro Ibuki - Exile and Life in Japan

Stanley Kirk

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The Life History of a Japanese Canadian Child Exile: Mikio Ibuki

Part 3: Suejiro Ibuki - Pre-War Life in Vancouver, Uprooting, and Internment

Stanley Kirk

One Nikkei who opted for deportation to Japan with his young family instead of dispersal to eastern Canada was Suejiro Ibuki. As he is no longer alive, this profile relies heavily on the recollections of his son Mikio as well as on photographs, personal correspondence, and various official documents related ...

The Life History of a Japanese Canadian Child Exile: Mikio Ibuki

Part 2: Historical Background - Life and Living Conditions in Japan

Stanley Kirk

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The Life History of a Japanese Canadian Child Exile: Mikio Ibuki

Part 1: Historical Background - Deportation

Stanley Kirk

The Dilemma for Incarcerated Nikkei Canadians: Dispersal to Eastern Canada or Deportation to Japan

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 ...

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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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