チャック・タサカ

(Chuck Tasaka)

チャック・タサカ氏は、イサブロウ・タサカさんとヨリエ・タサカさんの孫です。チャックのお父さんは19人兄弟の4番目で、ブリティッシュコロンビア州ミッドウェーで生まれ、高校を卒業するまでグリーンウッドで育ちました。チャックはブリティッシュコロンビア大学で学び、1968年に卒業しました。2002年に退職し、日系人の歴史に興味を持つようになりました。この写真は、グリーンウッドのバウンダリー・クリーク・タイムス紙のアンドリュー・トリップ氏が撮影しました。

(2015年10月 更新)

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ブリティッシュコロンビア州グリーンウッド:最初の強制収容所

カナダのブリティッシュコロンビア州グリーンウッドは、ブリティッシュコロンビア州沿岸地域から追い出された日系人の「転住」先となった、最初の強制収容所でした。1941年12月7日、日本は真珠湾を攻撃し、その直後にイギリス領の香港を制圧したため、カナダは日本に宣戦布告しました。その結果、連鎖的に日系カナダ人を沿岸部から排除する政府決定が下されました。戦時措置法が施行され、日系人はなすすべもありませんでした。「シカタガナイ」という言葉は、そんな状況で出てきた言葉かもしれません。抗議した者は、オンタリオ州のペタワワ、シュレイバー、アングラーの捕虜収容所に連行されました。グリーンウッドが収容所に選ばれた理由と経緯を理解するには、1900年代前半までさかのぼる必要があります。

バンクーバーの住人の大半は、パウエル・ストリートを ...

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First Lady Plumber in Canada Is a Nikkei

Anna (Fujimura) Higashi grew up in Woodfibre, B.C. Her grandfather Isaburo Fujimura and son Taichiro, seventeen years of age, came to Canada in the early 1900s. Isaburo was a caretaker of a community bath on Powell Street (Japantown). Taichiro worked for a railroad company that took him to the province of Ontario. Once finished, he returned to Vancouver, but soon after Taichiro left for Powell River to work at the pulp and paper mill. Later, he found work at Woodfibre mill where he stayed much longer.

Taichiro returned to Japan and got married to Tome. He returned to Woodfibre ...

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Canadian Nisei! You Know You’re Old When…

The Nisei—the group who suffered the most during the World War II incarceration of Japanese Canadians and Americans—is now heading into the twilight of their lives. They survived and succeeded because of their resilience, perseverance, and determination. Now, they can enjoy the fruits of their labor as they proudly look back and reminisce about that period in time when they had to overcome great adversity.

I was a very young Sansei growing up in Greenwood, British Columbia, where I had the best view in town. The Issei, most of whom were lonely bachelors, would come to my father ...

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Ema Lake: An Emerging Talent

In the summer of 2016, I was in the midst of planning a major fundraising event to help finance the Nikkei Legacy Park project in Greenwood, BC. The family plaques for those who lived through the internment were paid for by donors. Sakura trees and Japanese lanterns were also donated by families. However, I needed funds for the World War I monument to honor the 12 Japanese Canadian veterans who came to Greenwood. Three were military medal recipients: Masami Mitsui, Yasuo Takashima, and Kiyoji Iizuka. There were three interpretive panels to be made and a large park sign on the ...

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Iwasaki Family of Salt Spring Island

Ray Torao Iwasaki was born in Ganges, B.C. in 1933 and he lived an idyllic life on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. His father Torazo came to Vancouver in 1907. His mother, Fuku, from Shizuoka arrived on the Empress of Vancouver in 1918 to marry Torazo. Ray was surrounded by four sisters, Hideko (1920), Mitsuko (1922), Setsuko (1926), and Tsuruko (1931). The Iwasakis lived on Sunset Drive in a five-room house on a 640-acre spread.

Ray’s father was a marine engineer on a Japanese whaling ship in the 1900’s. His occupation took ...

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