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Interview with Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka

Title
Interview with Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka
Accession number
2010.032
Interviewer
Lisa Uyeda
Videographer
Lisa Uyeda
Date of Interview
Language
English
Description

Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka was born on July 4, 1923 in Vancouver, BC. Her parents were from the Prefecture of Shiga in Japan. Toshiye grew up in Vancouver and started her university education at the University of British Columbia when she decided to continue her education in Osaka, Japan where she received training to become a teacher. During WWII, she wasn't able to return to Canada and lost contact with her family. Toshiye was evacuated to Shikoku until the end of WWII and she remembered the destruction of Osaka including her uncle's home. In 1956, she received a letter from her mother letting her know they were living in London, ON. Toshiye, alongside her husband and child, travelled to Canada on the Hikawa Maru. Eventually, she and her family settled in Toronto, ON where she continue teaching and became a principal at the Toronto Japanese Language School.  

Format
Videotape
Video File
Length of Interview
56 min
Period
Pre War
Post War
World War II
1940s
1950s
1960s
Event
World War II
Forced Removal
Atomic Bomb
Attack on Pearl Harbour
Internment
Location
Vancouver, BC
Japan
Osaka, Japan
Slocan City, BC
Hiroshima, Japan
Nagasaki, Japan
London, ON
Toronto, ON
Topic
education
nisei
family
teaching
marriage
church
health
language
living conditions
travel
military
Buddhism
sansei
travel
food
agriculture
festivals
Kika (Nikkei educated in Japan)
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
Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka, interview by Lisa Uyeda, June 24, 2010, 2010.032, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.