Chuck Tasaka

Chuck Tasaka es el nieto de Isaburo y Yorie Tasaka. El padre de Chuck era el cuarto de una familia de 19. Chuck nació en Midway, Columbia Británica y creció en Greenwood, también en Columbia Británica, hasta que se graduó de la escuela secundaria. Chuck asistió a la Universidad de Columbia Británica y se graduó en 1968. Tras su jubilación en 2002, se interesó en la historia nikkei. Esta foto fue tomada por Andrew Tripp del diario Boundary Creek Times en Greenwood.

Última actualización en octubre de 2015

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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 him many places …

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Nisei Story: Unexpected Friendship Lost and Found

Teresa Chizu Kurisu lived a normal Powell Street life as a child. She attended Strathcona Elementary School in East Vancouver and went to Japanese Language School soon after with her Japanese Canadian friends. Teresa’s parents were Catholic so she took in church activities with her parents. This was a time when Sister Mary Stella, aka Kathleen O’Melia, established the Japanese Catholic Mission (JCM) on Dunlevy and Cordova in 1926. The Kurisu family was one of the first converts.

Teresa’s father Hisakichi was employed at the Orange Kist soda factory. It was a very steady job. Her mother, Tomi, being a …

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Nikkei Chronicles #6—Itadakimasu 2!: Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

¡No hay tiempo para el ITADAKIMASU!

Itadakimasu. ¿Qué es eso? Nunca había oído esto mientras crecía en el Canadá de la posguerra. La Escuela de Idioma Japonés no existía en Greenwood. La única palabra parecida a eso era “¡itai!” o “¡itai-na!”, la que se decía cuando tu hermano o hermana mayor te empujaba a un lado para conseguir el mejor asiento de la mesa de la cocina. Además, todos queríamos estar más “canadienizados”, es decir, pertenecer a la cultura anglo-canadiense. En la Escuela Sacred Heart, nosotros los niños aprendíamos a cantar canciones como “Irish Eyes are Smiling” o “Loch Lomond. A pesar de …

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Nisei Nicknames

In this day of hi-tech computer with iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, and so forth, whatever happened to the old fashion nicknames? Nowadays, you hear of famous athletes with nicknames like Burnsie, Burr, Marky, JJ, JR, or AJ. Quite vanilla, I think. There should be more “wasabi” injected into the present day nicknames.

Nicknames back in the ’40s and 50s were colourful, so much so that their real names were forgotten. In hockey, my favourites were: “Leaping Lou” Fontinato, Bronco Horvath, Rocket Richard, Boom Boom Geoffrion, Clear the Track, Here Comes Eddie Shack, Turk Broda, Gump Worsley, and the Golden Jet …

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