The Nisei were a transitional generation that straddled two cultures. They were only children and adolescents during the evacuation. With full civic rights extended to people of Japanese ancestry in March 1951, they carved out a new Canadian identity as adults.

They adopted mainstream fashion, ate Western foods and spoke Japanese only when required. Traditional Japanese customs and traditions were set aside. However, looking after their parents, the Nisei still were required to have knowledge of and respect traditional ways.

Through quiet hard work and assimilation into mainstream culture, the Nisei sought to put the past behind them.

“Uncle Suey” Animation for ‘One Big Hapa Family’

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