Kay Honda (nee Yamamoto) talks about her parent's emigration history - her father emigrated to Hawaii before transmigrating to Canada. He worked in the fishing industry before marrying. Kay's mother was a pearl diver in Japan and emigrated to Canada as a picture bride. Kay was born on November 20, 1927 in Steveston, BC. Her family moved to Eburne, BC and Lulu Island, BC where Kay attended school and Kay talks about discrimination they faced there. She also talks about their lives there including her mother canning and salting fish. Kay talks about the Great Depression and that it didn't affect Lulu Island farmers. She recalls hearing news of the war on the radio. During WWII, her father was removed to work on road camp. She talks about having to leave school and saying goodbye to her teachers. Kay remembers leaving their family dog behind and it chased their bus when they were being removed to Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC. Her family was removed to Sandon, BC and then, New Denver, BC where they lived until the end of WWII. Kay talks about their lives there including attending high school. She talks about the family making the decision to either go East in Canada or to Japan. In the end, they relocated to London, ON where Kay worked for the Governor of University of Western Ontario's family. After that, Kay worked with civil service after getting the right to vote. Kay was involved in promoting the Japanese Canadian Redress.
Short clip from this interview: https://vimeo.com/450243846
Clip from Japanese Canadian Experience Conference: https://vimeo.com/338292452