#MyBaachan #24. The Protected Zone
The Government arbitrarily designated a 100-mile (160 km) “Protected Zone” in which people of Japanese descent, whether Japanese Nationals, Naturalized Citizens or Canadian Born, were not allowed. Most people of Japanese descent, around 20,000 people, lived in this area. The forced removal was called the Evacuation, like the Government was doing them a favour. My Baachan and her family were living in Victoria, which fell within the zone. She and the rest of the Japanese Canadian community were “evacuated” in April of 1942.