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Interview with David Azuma

Title
Interview with David Azuma
Accession number
2010.028
Interviewer
Lisa Uyeda
Videographer
Lisa Uyeda
Date of Interview
Language
English
Description

David Azuma was born on June 3, 1926 in Toronto, Ontario. The interview is about David Azuma and his family life in Toronto, Ontario (prior to age eight), Tokyo, Japan (prior and during World War II) and his family's return to Toronto in 1949. He discusses his father’s working conditions in Toronto and recounts his own working conditions in an electronics lab and speaker company in Tokyo. He discusses his own education through a Toronto Catholic School, Japanese temple school in Tokyo, a crash course in electronics, collegiate, Ryerson University, and summer courses at University of Toronto. Through the help of the Japanese Canadian Citizenship Association, he returned to Toronto with his family and started a club with and for ‘returnees’ from Japan. David went on to become involved with the Toronto Buddhist Church, serving as a Sunday school supervisor, President, and Chairman for fundraising until his wife’s death. While he spends most of his time with his thirteen grandchildren, he is becoming more active in the community as a member of the Senior Citizens at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

Format
Videotape
Video File
Length of Interview
30 mins
Period
Pre War
Post War
World War II
Event
World War II
Deportation
Location
Vancouver, BC
Japan
Toronto, ON
Topic
nisei
family
military
living conditions
education
dance
Kika (Nikkei educated in Japan)
church
children
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)
social activity
temple
Buddhism
Nikkei Voice newspaper
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
David Azuma, interview by Lisa Uyeda, June 16, 2010, 2010.028, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.