Masashi "Mas" Shin was born in Whonnock, BC. He talks about his father's lumber mill and lumber camp. Mas went to Japan during The Great Depression and attended school in Japan. After returning to Canada, he helped out on his family farm. He talks about going to church (United and Buddhist) and New Years traditions. He recalls getting the orders to report to Hastings Park in Vancouver. His family was interned in Tashme but Mas travelled to Chatham, ON to work on a farm and he talks about what life was like there. After receiving permission to go to Toronto, ON he left Chatham to seek employment and housing where he faced discrimination. He talks about working at a glue factory in Toronto, discrimination in a Chinese restaurant, and being forced to go to the public bath by the landlady. He talks about more nisei coming to Toronto and their social lives. He talks about his family's involvement with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) and the Buddhist Church.
Clip from Japanese Canadian Experience Conference: https://vimeo.com/336914311