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、チャックは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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Nisei: Yancha Kozo For All Seasons - Part 3

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AUTUMN: Labour Day celebration marked the end of summer in Greenwood and the beginning of a new school year. This was the day for everyone to dress up and take in the parade with marching band, various sponsored floats and decorated bicycles. Police car and fire truck was a must. Children loved hearing the siren. Sacred Heart School floats did well each year and a great pride and joy of the Franciscan Sisters and Friars. Most Nikkei children went to SHS. Everyone in the community looked forward to karinto and chow mein sale. The climax of the ...

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Nisei: Yancha Kozo For All Seasons - Part 2

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SUMMER: No wonder, many of the children couldn’t wait to get out of school in June. This was the time of life for boys and girls.

As mentioned in the previous article, boys played spitball, katana kiri, bang-bang and flashlight team games. Of course, there were games where all children could play, like Kick the Can, Peggi, Jean Tori, Daily Shamble and Hide and Seek.

Summer meant building a dam at First or Second Bridge. Older kids dug up boulders from the creek and piled them high. The water level would go up to make a ...

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Nisei: Yancha Kozo For All Seasons - Part 1

Post-war babies born in the internment camps should be considered the ‘Lucky Ones’? These children didn’t suffer the whole forced removal ordeal beginning in 1942. They were born in Greenwood, New Denver, Kaslo, Slocan City or Lillooet where there were hospitals. There were several Nisei doctors serving in those areas.

As for myself, I didn’t know that I was living in an ‘internment camp’. Greenwood was the first internment site and the Nikkei families were placed mostly in old hotels right downtown. Slocan-New Denver area camps were segregated. Kaslo’s situation was similar to Greenwood. Our parents never ...

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Mio-Steveston Fishermen Dialect

Whenever you hear of Mio, a poor, small fishing village south-east of Osaka in Wakayama-ken, the name ‘Amerika Mura’ comes to mind. To the villagers, Amerika was Canada and U.S. Gihei Kuno’s name became synonymous with Mio-Steveston connection. He was a master carpenter who was trying to raise fund to build a breaker in Mio. By coincidence, he met up with a friend in Kobe who encouraged him to go to Canada. Mr. Kuno arrived in Steveston in 1888 and he was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of salmon along the Fraser River and beyond. He returned home ...

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Nisei: The Games We Played

Nisei growing up on Powell Streets in the ’30s didn’t have that many toys so they had to improvise. Some boys picked chestnuts off the ground and pierced them with a needle with string threaded through to the other side and made bolos. The girls played hopscotch and skipping. Traditional games like Hide and Seek, Kick the Can, Red Rover, and Ball Over were popular then.

In Steveston, Harry Imai told me that they played Katana Kiri. That activity became very popular with Greenwood boys. Playing by the Fraser River and dikes, children’s playground must have centered around ...

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