Sedai – Oral History

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The Sedai Project is committed to collecting, documenting, preserving and sharing the history of the Japanese Canadians. The Sedai Committee collects and preserves Japanese Canadian history through audio and video recordings, and they continue to search for all Japanese Canadians who were born in the pre-war and war years to come and share their stories with them. Recorded interviews and documents on genealogy can be viewed on Sedai’s Vimeo Account. For more information, contact Su Yen Chong at 416-441-2345 ext. 303.

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December 2019
Kunio Suyama - Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s from Sedai on Vimeo.
Kunio Suyama who was born on the eve of Christmas in 1927. Listen to Kunio describing different celebrations during his youth from mikan (small variety of tangerines) in his Christmas stockings to making mochi for New Year's celebrations.

December 2019
Kunio Suyama - Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s from Sedai on Vimeo.
Kunio Suyama who was born on the eve of Christmas in 1927. Listen to Kunio describing different celebrations during his youth from mikan (small variety of tangerines) in his Christmas stockings to making mochi for New Year's celebrations.

December 2019
Kunio Suyama - Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s from Sedai on Vimeo.
Kunio Suyama who was born on the eve of Christmas in 1927. Listen to Kunio describing different celebrations during his youth from mikan (small variety of tangerines) in his Christmas stockings to making mochi for New Year's celebrations.

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November 2019
Margaret Lyons - Diversity in Radio from Sedai on Vimeo.
Margaret Keiko Lyons known for her role in CBC's "Radio Revolution" discusses diversity in radio and television during her tenure at CBC; her philosophy in diversifying the workplace and giving credit to women who paved the way in broadcasting.

November 2019
Margaret Lyons - Diversity in Radio from Sedai on Vimeo.
Margaret Keiko Lyons known for her role in CBC's "Radio Revolution" discusses diversity in radio and television during her tenure at CBC; her philosophy in diversifying the workplace and giving credit to women who paved the way in broadcasting.

November 2019
Margaret Lyons - Diversity in Radio from Sedai on Vimeo.
Margaret Keiko Lyons known for her role in CBC's "Radio Revolution" discusses diversity in radio and television during her tenure at CBC; her philosophy in diversifying the workplace and giving credit to women who paved the way in broadcasting.

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October 2019
Raymond Moriyama - Magic Imperfection from Sedai on Vimeo.
An icon for the Japanese Canadian community, architect Raymond Moriyama recollects a fond memory from his childhood of his grandfather imparting wisdom.

October 2019
Raymond Moriyama - Magic Imperfection from Sedai on Vimeo.
An icon for the Japanese Canadian community, architect Raymond Moriyama recollects a fond memory from his childhood of his grandfather imparting wisdom.

October 2019
Raymond Moriyama - Magic Imperfection from Sedai on Vimeo.
An icon for the Japanese Canadian community, architect Raymond Moriyama recollects a fond memory from his childhood of his grandfather imparting wisdom.

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September 2019
Roy Sato - Norwegian Classmate Faces Discrimination from Sedai on Vimeo.
Born in Courtenay Vancouver Island BC , Roy recalls his memories of Sandon, Slocan, and moving East to Ontario where he recognizes the support from the Jewish communities. In this clip, Roy discusses the discrimination faced by his classmate who was Norwegian.

September 2019
Roy Sato - Norwegian Classmate Faces Discrimination from Sedai on Vimeo.
Born in Courtenay Vancouver Island BC , Roy recalls his memories of Sandon, Slocan, and moving East to Ontario where he recognizes the support from the Jewish communities. In this clip, Roy discusses the discrimination faced by his classmate who was Norwegian.

September 2019
Roy Sato - Norwegian Classmate Faces Discrimination from Sedai on Vimeo.
Born in Courtenay Vancouver Island BC , Roy recalls his memories of Sandon, Slocan, and moving East to Ontario where he recognizes the support from the Jewish communities. In this clip, Roy discusses the discrimination faced by his classmate who was Norwegian.

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August 2019
Mits Sumiya - Prisoner of War from Sedai on Vimeo.
Mits Sumiya describes his experience in a Prisoner of War camp. For full interview, vimeo.com/338693606

August 2019
Mits Sumiya - Prisoner of War from Sedai on Vimeo.
Mits Sumiya describes his experience in a Prisoner of War camp. For full interview, vimeo.com/338693606

August 2019
Mits Sumiya - Prisoner of War from Sedai on Vimeo.
Mits Sumiya describes his experience in a Prisoner of War camp. For full interview, vimeo.com/338693606

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July 2019
Keo Shibatani - Nobody asked me whether I wanted to go to Japan from Sedai on Vimeo.
Born in Vancouver BC, Keo reaccounts living in Tashme until his family moved to Japan. Keo shares his memories about overcoming the difficult annimosity while living in Japan and his return to Canada

July 2019
Keo Shibatani - Nobody asked me whether I wanted to go to Japan from Sedai on Vimeo.
Born in Vancouver BC, Keo reaccounts living in Tashme until his family moved to Japan. Keo shares his memories about overcoming the difficult annimosity while living in Japan and his return to Canada

July 2019
Keo Shibatani - Nobody asked me whether I wanted to go to Japan from Sedai on Vimeo.
Born in Vancouver BC, Keo reaccounts living in Tashme until his family moved to Japan. Keo shares his memories about overcoming the difficult annimosity while living in Japan and his return to Canada

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