Eleanor Shizu Maruno (nee Tsuchiya) talks about her family emigration history. Her grandparents emigrated to Hawaii first before transmigrating to Canada. Her grandfather settled in Seymour Creek with a house and a farm. Her mother did domestic work while her father worked in a saw mill and also fishing. After that, they moved to Vancouver. She talks about her father's garden and working in fishing and cannery, where her father had employees. She talks about religion in her family (Shinto and Buddhism), and celebrations like New Years, Girls' and Boys' Day, birthdays, and Christmas. During WWII, the family was interned in Revelstoke. She met her husband, an Asahi baseball player in Revelstoke. During the war, Eleanor's parents passed away. After WWII, Eleanor talks about the difficulties of establishing businesses. She and her husband relocated to Toronto, ON and establish a store. Eleanor talks about the Japanese Canadian Redress, and when Japanese Canadians were allowed to vote.
Interview with Eleanor Maruno (nee Tsuchiya)
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3 hr 54 min
Asahi Baseball Team
Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
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Eleanor Maruno, interview by Lisa Uyeda, June 8, 2011, 2011.159, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.