Updated on November 11, 2009
Spirit of the Nikkei fleet
This new book by Masako and Stanley Fukawa on the history of the Japanese Canadian fishing fleet, which I reviewed today on The Tyee, is a landmark. The first such history to include Japanese language sources previously out of reach of BC historians, it revolves around the expulsion of the Japanese Canadians from BC in 1942.
It’s the story of modern Canada’s most extreme experiment in ethnic cleansing, but is also a testament to the resilience of the Japanese Canadians and their determination to resist intolerance. Profusely illustrated and gracefully written, it’s a remarkable contribution to our province’s history.