Japanese Canadian Internment 1

Japanese Canadian Internment 1
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  • Riho you have to understand, home is very far away now. It isn't ours anymore.
  • I left my bear at home, can I get it after the trip?
  • The following 4 cells are told from Riho's brother's point of view, as he shared his story with her following the war. 
  • Do you think mother and Riho are okay?
  • I really don't know, son.
  • Pick up the pace boys! Miss your margin and you won't be getting dinner tonight!
  • The train ride to Alberta felt like forever. Mother and I didn't talk very much, only held hands very tightly. She explained to me that the government was taking our belongings and claiming them as theirs, I already understood how she felt about this. 
  • I'm freezing out here son, I don't think I can make it much longer like this. 
  • Father and I arrived at the labour camp unaware of how terrible our living conditions would be for the next three years. We were placed together in a stable with an overflow of other men, we had no privacy. 
  • Everyday we worked tirelessly out on the farm fields. It seemed to go unnoticed however, as we barely received enough food each day to sustain us.  On a couple occasions, the Red Cross sent in food shipments, but there were just far too many to feed and never enough to go around. 
  • Will anyone ever realize the pain they caused our family?
  • IN REMEMBRANCE
  • It got so cold at night, our only source of heat was from a pot-bellied stove that us men huddled around in the stable. It was during this time that father became deathly ill, I would ration my meals to better his chances of survival. 
  • Come on, you'll make it through this. Eat my meal, it will give you strength.
  • Father passed away not long after he fell ill. I would work on for six more months before the war ended and we were liberated from the camps. From there, I boarded a train Québec; I had been informed that us Japanese Canadians were not allowed to return to the coast. 
  • Mother and I arrived in Québec and awaited the arrival of my father and brother. I came to learn that my father would never return home. In watching other Canadians grieve their lost soldiers I would think to myself, will anyone recognize the hardship, discrimination, and loss that the Japanese-Canadians faced?
  • I don't know sweetheart, but I hope you get to be there when they do.
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