When the Cherry Blossoms Fell: The Story Behind The Story

When the Cherry Blossoms FellGrowing up, I knew nothing of the treatment of the Japanese Canadians. The War was an unknown thing, even though both my parents took part. The history books concealed the truth.  Then I met Eiko. Her story was like a secret, kept from the rest of the country.
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Whereas Mrs. Morrison, Clarence, George and the rest of the townspeople are fictional, the historical events are fact. The names of the Japanese families are changed.

January 16, 1942 – All Japanese immigrant males removed from coastal areas
February 24, 1942 – All male Japanese Canadian citizens, 18-24, removed from 100 mile-wide zone along coast of British Colombia
February 26, 1942 – Mass evacuation of Japanese Canadians begins. Cars, cameras and radios confiscated. Curfew imposed
March 4, 1942 – First group of evacuees arrive at Hastings Park
March 25, 1942 – Japanese immigrant males forced to road camps.

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May 21, 1942 – Women and children sent to “ghost towns.” First arrivals at Kaslo, New Denver, Slocan, Sandon and Tashme detention camps

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June 29, 1942 – Japanese Canadian farms confiscated.
November 30, 1942 – First issue of The New Canadian published in Kaslo ghost town.
January 19, 1943 – Japanese Canadian properties disposed of without owner’s consent

Throughout all of it, they endured. They remained silent in order to maintain harmony.

For more information you may contact Nikkei Place home of the National Nikkei Heritage Center and the Japanese Canadian National Museum, You can visit the Nikkei Interment Memorial Center located in New Denver to see what life was like in an interment camp.
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