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