In 1942, following the attack upon the American naval base at Pearl Harbour, all people of Japanese descent living in British Columbia were forced by the Canadian government to leave their homes and possessions behind, and were evacuated either to the interior of B.C., or to work on farms in Alberta. Citizens and non-citizens, those born in Canada and those born in Japan, grandparents, parents and children - all suffered the same fate. My family chose to go to Alberta in order to stay together. My parents worked in the sugar-beet fields.
I was born in Alberta, towards the end of the war with Japan. This work is my personal tribute to the courage and tenacity of my parents and all of the Canadian families of Japanese ancestry who endured the indignity and shame of this calamitous experience.