Essay on The Japanese-Canadian World War II Experience

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The Japanese-Canadian World War II Experience (Website) Note to Mr. Mungar To communicate the contributions of Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War, I invented a character named Akira to illustrate the experiences of an average Japanese person growing up in Canada. Introduction: Early Japanese Immigrants to Canada Japanese people have had a very vivid history in Canada. Before 1868, it was illegal for Japanese citizens to leave the country, but with a change in government in the 1870s, they were encouraged to travel overseas to earn money and learn skills that they could bring home, as Japan in the early 20th century did not hold a lot of opportunity, especially in rural areas. In…show more content…
There was already widespread anti-Asian feelings in British Columbia to begin with, so the increased immigration was even less welcoming by the British majority in Canada. The Japanese faced legislated racism, unfair living and working conditions, and a population that wanted them gone. The formation of the Asiatic Exclusion League was a result of this racism, as Asians in general were seen as a threat to white Canadians' jobs and cultures. Eventually, the Japanese immigrants gained their independence and economic strength. They saved enough money to buy their own fishing boats and farms, and had success with fish-packing, construction, retail, lumber, and boat building businesses. Some started their own fishing and farming cooperatives. World War I broke out on July 28, 2914, dragging Canada in with her British mother land. Although Japanese-Canadians were not allowed to enlist in British Columbia, they were accepted in every other part of Canada. In 1917, Akira's father travelled to Alberta and enlisted, joining the 196 Japanese men who did the same. By the end of the war, 54 Japanese-Canadians died fighting for Canada. World War I played a significant role for many Japanese-Canadians to winning the vote. After more than two decades after the war, surviving World War I veterans finally won this right in 1931. The Japanese Canadian Citizens League was formed in 1936 to fight for Canadian citizenship and get the vote for

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