The Nail That Sticks Out: Reflections on the Postwar Japanese Canadian Community (Paperback)

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The Nail That Sticks Out: Reflections on the Postwar Japanese Canadian Community (Paperback)

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When the North American dream meets traditional Japanese conformity, two cultures collide.

Does the past define who we are, who we become?

In April 1942, Suzanne's mother was an eight-month-old baby when her family was torn from their home in Victoria, B.C. Arriving at Vancouver's Hastings Park, her family bunked in horse stalls for months before being removed to an incarceration camp in the Slocan Valley. After the Second World War, forced resettlement scattered Japanese families across Canada leading to high intermarriage rates and an erosion of ethnicity. Loss of heritage language impeded the sharing of stories, contributing to strained generational relationships and a conflict between eastern and western values.

This memoir and fourth-generation narrative of the Japanese Canadian experience bridges the individual and collective to celebrate family, places, and traditions. Steeped in history and cultural arts, it shows us how a community triumphed over adversity to rebuild their lives and make lasting contributions to the Toronto landscape.
Suzanne Elki Yoko Hartmann is an editor and the author of a children's book, My Father's Nose. Her work reflects her roots as a fourth-generation Japanese Canadian with German ancestry, and explores cultural memories, meaningful coincidences, community, and identity. She lives in Toronto.
Product Details ISBN: 9781459755048
ISBN-10: 1459755049
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication Date: November 26th, 2024
Pages: 296
Language: English