Mainly a pictorial history, Pamela Hickman and Masao Fukawa’s Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War (Lorimer $34.95) is an effective educational volume in a series that will cover residential schools, Italian internment, the Chinese Head Tax and the Komagata Maru incident.

We learn that the head of the military in Ottawa refused to allow military personnel to help in the round-up of Japanese Canadians in B.C. and a prominent clergyman at the time publicly likened the confiscation of property and belongings to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews in Europe.

Raised in Steveston, Fukawa served as the main writer and managing editor for Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast: Their Biographies and Photographs (Harbour 2007) and Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: BC’s Japanese Canadian Fishermen (Harbour 2009).


[BCBW 2012]