Japanese, Relocation of

JAPANESE, RELOCATION OF, was the forced removal of people of JAPANESE descent from coastal BC during WWII. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec 1941 raised the question of an invasion of the Pacific coast of Canada. The authorities saw all people of Japanese descent in BC—whether or not they were Canadian-born citizens, naturalized Canadians or citizens of Japan—as a possible fifth column sympathetic to the enemy. As a first step the government closed Japanese-language newspapers...

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