Stark contrast between 2013 council apology to Japanese Canadians and 1942 vote for their expulsion

A week in Vancouver that began with Sunday’s 70,000-strong Truth and Reconciliation march, with its focus on First Nations and residential schools, passed a second milestone today with council’s unanimous motion of apology to Japanese Canadians for the city’s role in their internment in 1942.

To get a sense of how far — yet how slowly — council opinion has travelled, it’s worth comparing the 1942 resolution with today’s, both printed here.

Amid all the excellent histories of the Japanese-Canadian experience, one has stood out for me: Masao Fukawa’s Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet, an outstanding account with deep roots in the experience of the city’s Japanese-Canadians.