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Mary Kitagawa about her personal memories of internment as a child

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Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross for a historical overview about internment and dispossession

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Art Miki to explain the Japanese Canadian redress movement that asked the government for an apology after internment and dispossession

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Mary Kitagawa: Living through internment

Mary Kitagawa was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2018. In this interview, Mary gives her personal experiences with internment and dispossession as a child. Mary talks about her childhood on Saltspring Island before internment. Later, she tells how after Pearl Harbor her father was taken away before her eyes and how she moved from Hastings Park to Greenwood and then through several internment camps.

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Jordan Stanger-Ross: A historian’s overview of internment and dispossession

Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross, associate professor at the University of Victoria and director of the Landscapes of Injustice project, gives a historical overview of the Japanese Canadian internment and dispossession. Jordan explains, in terms students can understand, how what happened to Japanese Canadians fits into Canadian history, based on what his research teams uncovered.

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Art Miki: Campaign for Redress

Art Miki was awarded the Order of Canada for his contribution to the redress settlement for Japanese Canadians with the Canadian Government. Art talks to our student interviewers about redress and how he was able to get the government to apologise to Japanese Canadians 40 years after internment.