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Interview with John Uchikata

Title
Interview with John Uchikata
Accession number
2010.035
Interviewer
Lisa Uyeda
Videographer
Lisa Uyeda
Date of Interview
Language
English
Description

John Uchikata was born on September 11, 1916. He talks about his early childhood living in Japan with his Uncle after losing both his parents. John talks about his childhood and teen years, and what led to the military draft. John returns to Canada and describes his early adulthood before the war. He discusses how he opened the first Japanese food distribution business in Toronto and meeting his wife. He discusses how his life changed when WWII broke out. John talks about how he came into contact with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC). He discusses the time and money he and a few other Japanese Canadians helped in the building of the JCCC.

Clip from Japanese Canadian Experience Post War Conference: https://vimeo.com/344346039

Format
Videotape
Video File
Length of Interview
1 hr 46 min
Period
Pre War
World War II
Event
World War II
Relocation
Location
Hastings Park, Vancouver
Japan
Vancouver, BC
Tashme, BC
Slocan City, BC
Topic
family
travel
education
Japanese language school
military
employment
career
food
children
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
police
relocation centres
dance
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)
church
volunteer
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
John Uchikata, interview by Lisa Uyeda, July 14, 2010, 2010.035, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.