Daigo Naito
Tokyo, Japan

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I am a second generation Japanese-Canadian. A large proportion of our population is comprised of children of immigrants like myself, and we grew up with pride for Canada and her noble ideals of serving the world.

Canada was not always receptive to immigration. In school, we learned about the history of severe racism from many aspects: Nikkei (people of Japanese descent) were the victims of harsh discrimination which intensified during World War II. During the war, Nikkei in Canada and the U.S. were stripped of their homes and other possessions; they were forced to go to internment camps with only what they could carry.

How then have Canada and the U.S. changed to what they are today? A few years ago, I traveled across North America by land in order to learn about the battles and the sacrifices of Nikkei during the war.

(2015)