ITO, Roy




Author Tags: Japanese

Born in 1922, he fought in World War II against the troops of Japan. In his books after the war he adopted a soft, conciliatory view of racial conflicts and prejudice faced by Japanese Canadians. "The deep rooted fear and hatred of the Japanese that went back for half a century had climaxed in a manner that was perhaps inevitable," he wrote, recalling the internment camps. "The animosity had been nurtured by many men, twisting facts and playing upon racial prejudice until the people of British Columbia perceived the distortions as the truth."

BOOKS:

The Japanese Canadians (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1978)

We Went to War: The Story of the Japanese Canadians Who Served During the First and Second World Wars. Stittsville, Ont: Canada’s Wings, 1984.

Stories of My People: A Japanese Canadian Journal. Hamilton: Roy Ito, 1994.

[BCBW 2003] "Japanese" "Racism"