Japanese Racism in Canada

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SL History Internal Assessment

Japanese-Canadian Internment Camps

To What Extent did the Pearl Harbor Attacks affect Political Discrimination Against People of Japanese Descent in Canada?

Mihir Thakkar Candidate Number: 000881-0043 May 2014

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A. Plan of Investigation

This investigation will measure to extent to which the Pearl Harbor attacks affected the political discrimination against people of Japanese descent in Canada, including the internment of Japanese-Canadians during World War II. This investigation will be carried out through analysis of various documents about the Japanese-Canadian internment. A variety of sources will be used, from books by victims of the internment to scholarly sources about the war between Canada and Japan. Two of the documents will then be thoroughly assessed, which will provide evidence to properly and reasonably answer the question. This date range of this study is from 1887 until the official government redress, which took place in the 1970s. The question will be answered through factual evidence of the internment, as well as narrative evidence describing other forms of political discrimination.

B. Summary of Evidence
Racism before Pearl Harbor
• • Manzo Nagano, the first immigrant from Japan moved to Canada in 1877.1 In the 1920s, the Canadian Government limited the number of fishing licenses allowed for Japanese citizens.2 • In the Great Depression, the government of British Columbia denied logging licenses and the Japanese immigrants were only given a small amount of social assistance, when compared to the whites.3 • Until the late 1940s, Canadians of Japanese decent were not given the right to vote, even if Canadian-born.4 • The Japanese were not allowed to practice certain professions, including law and civil service. They were also restricted in terms of social assistance eligibility.5…...

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