During the Second World War, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government displaced and detained thousands of Japanese Canadians. In Vancouver, some 8,000 Japanese Canadians were placed and detained at the PNE Livestock buildings at Hastings Park.
The Japanese Canadian Citizens Association intends to nominate the PNE Livestock building as a Japanese-Canadian historic site to Heritage BC. During the renovation of the livestock building, the Association intends to create an interpretive display. They envision a recreation of a living stall where families lived, as well as a commemorative display of all the families who were placed and detained at the PNE Livestock building.
Watch and listen to a two-minute video as Judy Hanazawa (Japanese Canadian Citizens Association) describes what life was like for Japanese-Canadian families during the internment at the PNE Livestock building as well as the vision to commemorate those families interned in the barns.
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