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Rose Murakami at the Charcoal Kiln

Saltspring Island, September, 2015 Charcoal Kiln Saltspring Island Fieldtrip   It was a privilege to participate in this field trip and to meet people like Rose Murakami who experienced firsthand the internment of Japanese Canadians on Vancouver Island. Rose tells us her story about her family land on Saltspring Island and her family’s internment experience. I completely understand what…

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Toyo Takata – Esquimalt Is My home; Takata Japanese Tea Gardens, Esquimalt

Takata Tea House in Japanese Gardens, Gorge Kinsmen Park ca. 1920. Takata v9861814, Esquimalt Archives.                           Restored Japanese Gardens, Gorge Kinsmen Park, Esquimalt, 2015. Born in Esquimalt, in 1920, Takata's family returned to Japan in 1925 for a couple of years where Toyo received education in Japanese, before returning to Esquimalt. Toyo Takata attended Lampson School, Esquimalt High,…

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Old Esquimalt Village – DND

  Everyone Liked Soue Kee; But how many really knew him? Known as 'Soue Kee', the Chinese laundry man, Tang Kam Chew cleaned and delivered laundry in the old village of Esquimalt for 50 years, most of them for the Navy. Soue Kee endeared himself to those he served as a kind, happy, honourable and sharp business…

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