Interview with: Harold Yutaka Yoneyama

Title
Interview with: Harold Yutaka Yoneyama
Accession number
2010.019
Interviewer
Norm Ibuki
Videographer
Tak Yano
Date of Interview
Language
English
Description

Harold Yutaka Yoneyama was born in 1924 in Haney, BC where his family had a farm. Harold talks about his childhood and growing up with his siblings and neighbours, going to school, and working at the farm. His father was an active member of the Haney Nokai and Harold talks about his mother's role at the farm. Harold talks about why berries were popularly farmed in the Fraser Valley region and that the farm his family had was able to finance higher educations for him and his siblings. During WWII, Harold's family was forcibly removed to R.D. Ranch, a farm south of Edmonton, AB owned by Mr. P.H. Ashby. Mr. Ashby charged his parents a fee for working there so not only, were they not able to make an income, they owe the farm a fee. Harold speculated that Mr. Ashby was under the assumption that the Japanese Canadians working at his farm were prisoners of war so the workers needed to pay him for the chance to work there. In 1944, Harold applied to further his education at universities but were rejected because of his ancestry. The following year, he was accepted to study at the University of Toronto.   

Clip from Japanese Canadian Experience Conference: https://vimeo.com/337574063

Format
Videotape
Video File
Period
Pre War
Post War
World War II
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
Event
World War II
Relocation
Forced Removal
Attack on Pearl Harbour
Location
Fraser Valley, BC
Haney, BC
Alberta, Canada
Toronto, ON
Topic
farming
education
Kika (Nikkei educated in Japan)
communities
work
Number of Physical Tapes
2
Permission
For uses other than research or private study, researchers must submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Citation
Harold Yutaka Yoneyama, interview by Norm Ibuki, July 15, 2009, 2010.019, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.