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Interview with John Yoshioka

Title
Interview with John Yoshioka
Accession number
2011.234
Interviewer
Lisa Uyeda
Videographer
Lisa Uyeda
Date of Interview
Language
English
Description

John Yoshioka was born in Vancouver, BC. He talks about his family's emigration history to Canada. Their family also had a small business on Powell Street and John talks about his childhood. John's father worked as a minister and was employed with the church and was educated at the University of Toronto. He talks about moving to Toronto and then to Kelowna, BC. His father was working in Lethbridge, AB. He talks about his father being respected in the Japanese Canadian community especially because he could speak English, his father having a special pass to be able to visit men in road camps. During the war, John talks about censorship in his university application correspondence and being rejected based on discrimination. Eventually, he attended Victoria College in Toronto for studies in the medical field. He talks about discrimination he faced from professors. After the end of WWII, John recalls being told to sign a document that would send him to Japan. He talks about his parents' anger because they were still identified with Japan. He also talks about how the Kelowna experience was different from Vancouver. After that, John was employed as a doctor in Greenwood, ON. He got married to Josie Yoshioka. After that he applied to UBC for a post-graduate degree. After that, they moved to Montreal due to John's employment.

Format
Videotape
Video File
Length of Interview
2 hr 2 min
Period
Pre War
Post War
World War II
Event
Redress
World War II
Attack on Pearl Harbour
Location
Vancouver, BC
Toronto, ON
Kelowna, BC
Lethbridge, AB
Montreal, QC
Greenwood, BC
Japan
Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
Oakville, ON
Topic
employment
family
religion
martial arts
military
language
sports
road camps
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)
travel
censorship
children
education
immigration
censorship
discrimination
career
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
John Yoshioka, interview by Lisa Uyeda, August 22, 2011, 2011.234, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.