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A countrys history includes stories of triumph and also lessons that are important to remember so that they will not be repeated Although Canada was not a colonial power its history is marked by the oppression of various racial groups One of the strengths of Canada has been that people from various ethnic traditions have made contributions to the development and uniqueness of our national identity From Canadas inception people came from different regions in Europe to start a new life it was the first time that people of different ethnic groups were forced to interact with each other In the late 1800s Japanese men were enticed to come to Canada the initial aim was to learn North American customs and to return back to Japan However upon their arrival Japanese men were used as a source of cheap labour to develop remote areas of North America particularly in the west It is within this period of time that we begin to see the discrimination begin against the first Japanese generation Nikkei in Canada During the Second World War Japanese Canadians were persecuted and were the victims of national discrimination Japan had entered the war as an ally of Germany and had bombed the United States As a result of the bombing at Pearl Harbour the relations between Japan and the US deteriorated which had a direct affect on Japanese living in the States The dietitian of US-Japan relation had some influence on the prejudice Japanese experienced in Canada The Canadian government interned Japanese Canadians during World War II because of close political ties and influence of the US Because Japanese were racially and culturally different they were viewed as suspicious within communities across Canada The residents of British Columbia were not sure if national loyalty could be given to the Japanese population The Japanese were seen as different they had their own language and traditions which instilled fear among white Canadians who
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