Rose Aihoshi was born on April 9, 1923 in South Vancouver, British Columbia. The interview is about Rose Aihoshi and her family life in Fairview, British Columbia (prior to World War II); Lemon Creek, British Columbia; New Denver, British Columbia (during the war); Montreal, Quebec; and Toronto, Ontario (after the war). Her father died during the Great Depression so she mainly discusses her mother’s, brother’s, and her own working conditions. Through her uncle’s and mother’s emphasis on education, she attained a school education through the United Church in South Vancouver, Japanese school, and a sewing academy in Vancouver. She worked at the commissioner’s office in the internment camps and for General Dynamics, now known as Bombardier, for several years. She was very involved in her Montreal community, hosting events for several of the community centres. Now, she spends her time traveling, cooking, and spending her time with her children.
Interview with Kimiko "Rose" Aihoshi (nee Kato)
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
World War II
World War II
New Denver, BC
Slocan City, BC
Lemon Creek, BC
Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
Hastings Park, Vancouver
Japanese language school
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
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Kimiko "Rose" Aihoshi, interview by Lisa Uyeda, August 23, 2010, 2010.050, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.