#MyBaachan 13. Farming #Nikkei #History

 As Japanese migrant labourers became settlers, they moved into farming, particularly strawberry farming. They began by working land that had been cleared of big trees. Strawberry crops required back-breaking, meticulous maintenance, which perhaps similar to growing rice. Japanese farmers worked together in cooperatives, as in the area still known as Strawberry Hill in Surrey. One of these farmers would become my grandfather.  This drawing is based on Photo 2010.23.2.4.708 in the  Nikkei National Museum online collection , taken in Haney around 1920.

As Japanese migrant labourers became settlers, they moved into farming, particularly strawberry farming.
They began by working land that had been cleared of big trees.
Strawberry crops required back-breaking, meticulous maintenance, which perhaps similar to growing rice.
Japanese farmers worked together in cooperatives, as in the area still known as Strawberry Hill in Surrey. One of these farmers would become my grandfather.

This drawing is based on Photo 2010.23.2.4.708 in the Nikkei National Museum online collection, taken in Haney around 1920.

#MyBaachan 12. Logging #NikkeiHistory

 Logging was another resource industries in British Columbia that attracted Japanese men as labour from the late 1800s. Again, they would often work with others from their home prefecture and rely on bosses who dealt with the companies.  This drawing is based on a photo from the  Sedai website  taken around 1910 in Chemainus on Vancouver Island in British Columbia   

Logging was another resource industries in British Columbia that attracted Japanese men as labour from the late 1800s.
Again, they would often work with others from their home prefecture and rely on bosses who dealt with the companies.

This drawing is based on a photo from the Sedai website taken around 1910 in Chemainus on Vancouver Island in British Columbia

 

Student culture

According to the Principal at the parent meeting. 

I think they feel they are always being evaluated. Perhaps they need more neglect. 

 

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#MyBachan 11. Fishing #Nikkei #history

 Manzo Nagano and many other Japanese, came to work in the growing fishing industry along the coast of British Columbia. They usually worked with people from the same village or prefecture, under a bossu who could negotiate work, gear, and housing. In Steveston, Gihei Kuno encouraged others from Wakayama to come. This drawing is based on a photo on the  Sedai web site , a wonderful collection of oral histories.

Manzo Nagano and many other Japanese, came to work in the growing fishing industry along the coast of British Columbia. They usually worked with people from the same village or prefecture, under a bossu who could negotiate work, gear, and housing. In Steveston, Gihei Kuno encouraged others from Wakayama to come.
This drawing is based on a photo on the Sedai web site, a wonderful collection of oral histories.

#MyBaachan 10. The First Japanese in Canada

 Before my Baachan came to Canada, many others came from Japan. Manzo Nagano came to Canada in 1877. Others may have arrived before him, but he stayed and established himself, becoming an important member of Japanese society in Canada. We even have a mountain named after him now, so we will stick with him being the first Japanese immigrant to Canada, even though he went back to Japan in the 1920s.  This drawing of Manzo Nagano is based on a photograph of him as a successful older man at a fancy family gathering taken in 1910 (NNM 1994.85.1).   

Before my Baachan came to Canada, many others came from Japan. Manzo Nagano came to Canada in 1877. Others may have arrived before him, but he stayed and established himself, becoming an important member of Japanese society in Canada. We even have a mountain named after him now, so we will stick with him being the first Japanese immigrant to Canada, even though he went back to Japan in the 1920s.

This drawing of Manzo Nagano is based on a photograph of him as a successful older man at a fancy family gathering taken in 1910 (NNM 1994.85.1).

 

#MyBaachan 9. The Letter

 This drawing is based on a photograph of my Baachan when she was in her teens. I don’t know where or when it was taken, but it would have been around the time she was in Korea helping her uncle’s taxi business, During this time, she received a letter from Canada from a strawberry farmer named Shinkichi Nakamura, who was originally from a village near my Baachan’s on Oshima. Possibly it was the photo she sent back to him.  Unfortunately, she contracted malaria, which says something about the time and place where she was living. As a result of the remedy, she lost her hair, which would not make for a good wedding picture and so the arrangements were delayed two years until she was feeling and looking better.

This drawing is based on a photograph of my Baachan when she was in her teens. I don’t know where or when it was taken, but it would have been around the time she was in Korea helping her uncle’s taxi business, During this time, she received a letter from Canada from a strawberry farmer named Shinkichi Nakamura, who was originally from a village near my Baachan’s on Oshima. Possibly it was the photo she sent back to him.

Unfortunately, she contracted malaria, which says something about the time and place where she was living. As a result of the remedy, she lost her hair, which would not make for a good wedding picture and so the arrangements were delayed two years until she was feeling and looking better.

#MyBaachan 8. To Korea

 This might look like a demonstration sport in PyeongChang, but it is based on a  photo  of a rickshaw runner in Korea. As a teenager, my Baachan went to Korea to help her uncle run a taxi business using rickshaws. After winning the war against Russian in 1905, Japan had made Korea a  reluctant protectorate . I guess my Baachan's uncle was jumping on this bandwagon, or rickshaw.   

This might look like a demonstration sport in PyeongChang, but it is based on a photo of a rickshaw runner in Korea. As a teenager, my Baachan went to Korea to help her uncle run a taxi business using rickshaws. After winning the war against Russian in 1905, Japan had made Korea a reluctant protectorate. I guess my Baachan's uncle was jumping on this bandwagon, or rickshaw.