By Catherine Lang
O-Bon in Chimunesu: A group Remembered is a relocating tribute to a neighborhood of Japanese-Canadians and how they lived their lives.
Prior to the second one international battle, while Canada's reputable coverage of internment replaced the lives of Japanese-Canadians ceaselessly, the Vancouver Island city of Chemainus ("Chimunesu") used to be domestic to a thriving Japanese-Canadian neighborhood, whose individuals struggled to conform to the problems of lifestyles in a brand new nation, whereas while preserving their very own traditions alive. through the conflict, Japanese-Canadians at the west coast have been shunted off to internment camps within the British Columbia inside, and weren't authorised to come back till 1949. such a lot determined to take in new roots somewhere else, and what were an important group in Chemainus was once relegated to memory.
Catherine Lang used to be a contract reporter engaged on a narrative whilst she attended a 1991 reunion of Chemainus' former Japanese-Canadian neighborhood. The reunion happened in the course of O-bon, the once a year Buddhist competition for the lifeless, within which burning candles gentle the way in which for the souls of ancestors. Lang could not face up to any such significant come upon with residing history.
O-Bon in Chimunesu involves poignant own narratives of former citizens of Chemainus' Japanese-Canadian group. They comprise the tales of Shige Yoshida, who after being refused access into the Boy Scouts, shaped his personal troop, made up fullyyt of eastern boys; Matsue Taniwa, who moved to Chemainus after an prepared marriage to elevate teenagers and have a tendency a shop; and Kaname Izumi, who recalls as a boy throwing sweet from his boat to the kids on the local residential college on Kuper Island.
Winner of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize
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O-bon in Chimunesu: A Community Remembered by Catherine Lang