- 7:30 PM
Speakers: Mary and Tosh Kitagawa
Since 2017 is the 75th anniversary of the incarceration of 22,000 Japanese Canadians, it is fitting that we review and discuss this regrettable chapter in Canadian history. Tosh Kitagawa will talk about the anti-Asian environment that prevailed from BC joining Confederation in 1871 until 1949, including the exploitation of Chinese labour in the building of the railway from 1880–1884 and the Anti-Asian riots in Vancouver in 1907.
Mary Kitagawa will chronicle her personal history from 1941–1949, beginning with the forcible removal of her father by the RCMP in front of her and her young siblings and his exile to work on the road camps. Her saga continued with her family in the horse barns at Hastings Park and their time spent in seven different incarceration camps until their freedom finally came in 1949. Her narrative concludes with her struggle to obtain Honourary Degrees for the 76 Japanese-Canadian students expelled from UBC in 1942.