Harry Yoshida was born on March 23, 1924 in Chemainus on Vancouver Island in British Columbia where he lived until the age of 14. After that, Harry emigrated to Japan where he went to school. Harry talks about his family and his parent's emigration from Japan to the US and then, to Canada. His father was a dekasegi-shosei, students that were sent to the US for their education. While Harry was in Japan, he was adopted into his father's family and joined the Japanese Navy and talks about that experience. Meanwhile, his brother was in the Canadian Army. After the war, Harry left the Japanese Navy. Harry talks about the state of Tokyo after the war under the occupation of the Allies. Harry talks about people living in Japan who spoke English were sent to Prisoner of War Camps as translators so Harry never told anyone he spoke English. He talks about living in the house that his father bought. Harry worked as a social worker at hospitals. In 1949, Harry applied for Canadian citizenship and subsequently re-emigrated to Toronto, Canada where he would marry his wife.
Short clip from this interview: https://vimeo.com/392998596
Clip from Japanese Canadian Experience Conference: https://vimeo.com/337574569