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Kinzie Tanaka: I’m proud to be a Canadian

The Story

Separation from ancestry is crucial, says Kinzie Tanaka. In this commentary aired as part of a 1945 Victory in Japan special broadcast, Tanaka explains that the Japanese in this country must prove themselves as Canadians. He is gratified to know that no acts of sabotage were committed during the internment and he points out that the Japanese Canadians have co-operated fully in the resettlement program. Terrible sacrifices, he says, have finally delivered peace.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Aug. 13, 1945
Commentator: Kinzie Tanaka
Duration: 5:02
Photo: National Archives – C057249

Did You know?

• During the internment, many of the nisei held to the principle of shikata-ga-nai which means "it can't be helped." Following the resettlement, some Japanese Canadians felt that the evacuation had in fact been a blessing in disguise because it had broken up the Japanese ghetto. The third generation sansei, however, did not adhere to this principle. They argued that while Japanese Canadians did ultimately prove themselves to be successful individuals across the country, it did not mean that they couldn't have thrived as a unit in British Columbia. That is, one couldn't justify the means - internment - by the ends.


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