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Interview with Jean Peasah

Title
Interview with Jean Peasah
Accession number
2010.063
Interviewer
Lisa Uyeda
Videographer
Lisa Uyeda
Date of Interview
Language
English
Description

Jean Peasah was born on September 27, 1933 in Vancouver, B.C. in 1933. Jean talks about her family's history. Her grandfather emigrated to Hawaii and then her father arrived in Canada in 1918. Her father travelled to Japan when he was getting married. Jean talks about growing up with her siblings in Little Tokyo, Vancouver including going to school and attending church's gatherings. After the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Jean was allowed to stay in Vancouver until October 1942 as she was recovering from an illness. Her father was sent to Petawawa, ON and then Angler, ON. She talks about not feeling secure after her father left and essentially growing up without him. During WWII, Jean and her family were interned in Lemon Creek, BC. She talks about life in Lemon Creek internment camp. After the war, Jean and her family migrated to Japan. Jean talks about what life was like in Japan. Eventually, Jean and her siblings would emigrate to Canada again where they settled in Toronto, ON. 

Clip from Japanese Canadian Experience Conference: https://vimeo.com/337588482

 
Format
Videotape
Video File
Length of Interview
2 hr 57 min
Period
Pre War
Post War
World War II
Event
Redress
World War II
Relocation
Forced Removal
Attack on Pearl Harbour
Internment
Location
Vancouver, BC
Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
Angler, ON
Lemon Creek, BC
Popoff, BC
Slocan City, BC
Topic
Japan town
community
social activity
church
work
fishing
discrimination
education
Japanese language school
housing
British Columbia Security Commission
internment camp
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
food
language
family
military
travel
Number of Physical Tapes
3
Permission
For uses other than research or private study, researchers must submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Citation
Jean Peasah, interview by Lisa Uyeda, September 17, 2010, 2010.063, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.