Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun


Title Proper Vancouver Sun
Date(s) selections from 1912 to 1970
General material designation
This fonds contains 361 textual records.
Scope and content
This fonds comprises twenty series containing Vancouver Sun newspaper articles from 1912 to 1970. It captures the changing perceptions of Japanese Canadians from the time of immigration to Canada to the time leading into the redress movement. It includes discussion of the following: the fishing industry, licensing, and regulations in British Columbia; "Oriental" immigration and discriminatory immigration laws; criminal incidents involving Japanese Canadians; international trade and diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada; anti-Asian prejudice; the treatment of and restrictions on Japanese Canadians before, during, and after the time of forced uprooting from the coast of BC; the seizure and use of the fishing vessels of Japanese Canadians; restrictions on buying, leasing, and holding land; the seizure and forcible sale of real estate, businesses, automobiles, cameras, and other property; the seizure of Fraser Valley farmland and subsequent sale to the director of the Veterans' Land Act; the work of the British Columbia Security Commission and the Custodian of Enemy Property; the rental of seized homes in Vancouver and the forced renovation of the "Little Tokyo" area; the work of J. Arthur MacLennan and the court case to challenge the government's authority to forcibly sell property; and the Japanese Property Claims Commission and the loss claims of Japanese Canadians; among other topics.
Name of creator
University of Victoria Libraries collected this archive which is available on microfilm at the Mearns Centre - McPherson Library.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.


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Readers of these historical materials will encounter derogatory references to Japanese Canadians and euphemisms used to obscure the intent and impacts of the internment and dispossession. While these are important realities of the history, the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective urges users to carefully consider their own terminological choices in writing and speaking about this topic today as we confront past injustice. See our statement on terminology, and related sources here.