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The following summary of the experiences of the Canadian Nikkei comes from the book A Dream Of Riches1978 The Japanese Canadian Centennial Project Gilchrist Wright Publishers Toronto Canada Written in English French and Japanese it provides an insight into the experiences of Japanese immigrants and their children in Canada Since the book may not be widely available outside of Canada I have taken the liberty of quoting and paraphrasing liberally to present an overview of the Canadian Nikkei evacuation experience It is a little known fact that the Canadian Nikkei were forced to accept evacuation and internment like their American counterparts during World War II The discriminatory treatment and prejudice faced by these Canadian citizens as well as the loss of their economic livelihood is similar to the what was happening to Nikkei in the United States during the same time period It is important to include the Canadian experience because it illustrates a widespread pattern of racial discrimination on the West Coast in the early 1940s The first recorded Japanese immigrant to western Canada was Manzo Nagano in 18771 By 1901 the population grew to 4138 mostly single men These people were not true immigrants but rather dekasegi leaving the village for employment who intended to return to Japan after a few years2 Similar to their brethern who had immigrated to America there were very few women among the early Canadian arrivals Although the Limieux Agreement of 1908 limited the immigration of single males it did not place a restriction on married females Using the picture bride system the men were able to arrange for wives to be sent from Japan These picture brides began arriving around 1908 In 1913 a peak period some 300 or 400 women arrived through this arrangement The practice continued until 19283 Immigration continued and so did antagonism and discrimination against the Japanese In the two decades following the the arrival of the first immigrants the Japanese in BC
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