Lillie Reiko Yano's "My Story" reading by granddaughter Lisa Kimiko Hanna, daughter Michiko Blakey, granddaughter Jennifer Tamiko, and grandson Christopher Kiyoshi Harris. "My Story" is a biography by Lillie Reiko Yano. It talks about her family's emigration history to Canada. She was born on May 26, 1922 and grew up in Ruskin, BC. She talks about her childhood there and celebrations such as Christmas. Prior to WWII, Lillie worked in a sewing factory making dresses. During WWII, her family was removed to Alberta to work on a sugar beet farm. She talks about the poor living and working conditions there and also working along side German prisoners of war. After the war, some of her family emigrated to Japan including her father who passed away in Japan. Lillie talks about saving enough money to move her family to Toronto, ON. She talks about the Japanese Canadian Redress and the Government of Canada apologizing for the treatment of the Japanese Canadians.
Read Lillie Reiko Yano's "My Story" here: https://www.landscapesofinjustice.com/touched-by-dispossession/lillie-reiko-hamaguchis-story-as-told-to-her-granddaughter-lillian-michiko-blakey/