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Interview with Teruo “Ted” and Joyce Izukawa

Title
Interview with Teruo “Ted” and Joyce Izukawa
Accession number
2010.068
Interviewer
Lisa Uyeda
Videographer
Lisa Uyeda
Date of Interview
Language
English
Description

 Teruo “Ted” Izukawa was born in 1930 in Vancouver, British Columbia. This interview is about Teruo’s family life in Vancouver in Little Tokyo/Japantown (before World War II), their move to Alberta (during World War II), and their final move to Ontario (after World War II). He discusses his father’s working conditions in Little Tokyo/Japantown and with Canadian Pacific Railway; his experience learning Japanese and English; and his work in England and Baltimore. He attained a school education from Raymond High School, Hartwood Collegiate, University of Toronto, and John Hopkin’s University. He did his internship at medical school immediately after being married and worked as a cardiologist in Baltimore and at Sick Kids Hospital. He also attends the Toronto Buddhist church with his wife and was involved on the Board as President for six years while it was being built.

Joyce Izukawa was born in 1931 in Mission City, British Columbia. The interview is about Joyce’s family life in Westminster and Mission City, British Columbia (before World War II) and her move to farms in Alberta (during World War II) and around Ontario (after World War II). She discusses her grandfather’s working conditions in Mission City, her family’s living conditions on the tobacco and sugar beet farms, her experience with learning English and Japanese, moving to England with her husband, and having three children. She attained a school education from various high schools and teacher’s college before working in Scarborough until retirement. She attends the Toronto Buddhist church and mentions the religion followed by some of her other family members.

Format
Videotape
Video File
Length of Interview
1 hr 46 min
Period
Pre War
World War II
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
Event
Redress
World War II
Relocation
Forced Removal
Attack on Pearl Harbour
Internment
Location
Vancouver, BC
Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
Mission, BC
Fraser Valley, BC
New Westminster, BC
Alberta, Canada
Ontario, Canada
Chatham, ON
USA
Toronto, ON
Japan
Topic
Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
Japan town
education
career
church
Buddhism
beet fields
Japanese language school
marriage
transportation
curfew
displacement
discrimination
living conditions
teaching
Asahi Baseball Team
children
Nikkei Voice newspaper
National Association of Japanese Canadian (NAJC)
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)
festivals
odori
Number of Physical Tapes
2
Permission
For uses other than research or private study, researchers must submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Citation
Teruo “Ted” Izukawa and Joyce Izukawa, interview by Lisa Uyeda, October 14, 2010, 2010.068, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.