Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice

Book - 2004
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This passionate and important book-part memoir, part critical examination-explores the Japanese Canadian redress movement of the late 20th century, which sought compensation from the federal government for the internment of citizens of Japanese descent during World War II.Governor General's Award-winner Roy Miki applies the concept of "negotiations" to the 20th-century history of Japanese Canadians-a history of mediation with mainstream Canadian institutions in order to achieve fundamental rights. From the moment the first generation (the "issei") immigrated to Canada, they had to confront, adjust to and attempt to transform a system of laws and policies based on assumptions about race that predetermined the identities of all Japanese Canadian citizens.The text interweaves the main historical narrative (a gripping story that follows the negotiators all the way to Parliament Hill) with stories from Miki's own personal and family histories, anecdotes of pivotal events in the redress movement, and documents only available in archival collections. In the process, Redress illuminates the larger issues of race and tolerance in Canada as well as in other nations where "new citizens" seek acceptance.
Publisher: Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9781551926506
Branch Call Number: 305. 8956071 MIK
Characteristics: xix, 361 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports.


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