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Interview with Aiko Murakami (nee Kondo)

Title
Interview with Aiko Murakami (nee Kondo)
Accession number
2010.014
Interviewer
Peter Wakayama
Videographer
Brendan Uegama
Date of Interview
Language
English
Description

Aiko Kondo Murakami was born on March 13th, 1917 in Steveston, British Columbia. The interview is about Aiko Kondo Murakami and her family life in Steveston, Victoria, and Vancouver (before World War II); Kaslo and New Denver (during World War II); and Hamilton, Toronto, and Edmonton (after World War II). She discusses her parents’ working conditions: fishing, bookkeeping, and transforming immigrant wives. She talks a little bit about the history of Oriental Home. She attained a school education through Northward School, Victoria High School, Marietta’s School of Costume Design, and Ryerson University. She worked as a teacher, Vice-Principal, and Principal at the schools in New Denver; as a domestic in Toronto, at Lacey’s Brothers, and as a secretary for a Japanese firm. She was heavily involved in the Japanese Canadian Citizens League, redress, the Momiji Foundation, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, and a community centre in Edmonton.

Format
Videotape
Video File
Length of Interview
1 hr 18 min
Period
Pre War
Post War
World War II
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
Event
Redress
World War II
Relocation
Forced Removal
Internment
Location
Steveston, BC
Kaslo, BC
Victoria, BC
New Denver, BC
Toronto, ON
Hamilton, ON
Vancouver, BC
Japan
Sandon, BC
Calgary, AB
Topic
Momiji
career
family
fishing
education
teaching
language
marriage
The Great Depression
United Church
discrimination
curfew
ghost towns
Japanese language school
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)
social life
social activity
festivals
Number of Physical Tapes
1
Permission
For uses other than research or private study, researchers must submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Citation
Aiko Murakami, interview by Peter Wakayama, March 31, 2009, 2010.014, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
May 28, 2021: Transferred to box A.