Amina Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver Heritage FairProject:
Japanese Canadian Internment
My project focuses on the impact of the Japanese Canadian Internment. It highlights the tragic event that thousands of Japanese went through during the Second World War. This event is of great significance to our country today.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
I found it quite fascinating as Canada was not always as welcoming as it is now. The history of Japanese Canadians have made a profound impact on the reputation of Canada and how we are a multicultural country. This caused many new immigrants, including myself, this is what brought me to canada here today, sharing Canadian history with many others.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
With the history of the Japanese Canadian Internment, it holds much to tell society. Injustice is never the case, what our country needs is equality and acceptance. Through out my whole learning process, I found out many mistakes were made and I personally think we should learn from the past. Things happen for a reason and we need to figure what went wrong in order to have a better future.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
The life I live now and the life of the Japanese Internees are in two opposite scenarios. Our society doesn't face upon much negative energy as to time in war. Many of our lives depend on how the Japanese and the government reacted to internment. Though war and discrimination are not what we promote, that is how it led us ending up here today.