Author: John Endo Greenaway

Remembering Michiko “Midge” Ayukawa

How do you begin to sum up the life of one of the most esteemed scholars on Japanese Canadian history? You do as Midge would have done, you assume the role of good researcher, and you reach out to connect with people whose lives intersected with hers.

George Shintani – fighting for acceptance

In Singapore, when I was working in the war crimes unit, a Japanese prisoner who was a high ranking officer was allowed to go before a firing squad instead of going to the gallows, because it was considered to be more honourable for a soldier to die by firing squad.

In Search of Private Hikotaro Koyanagi

I recall Mrs Nishi telling me that a wounded soldier put out his hands to thank her at a Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park. She thinks he could be the wounded soldier Hikataro had on his back when he stepped on the mine and got killed. This was in the thirties.

Walk for Reconciliation

Sheltered from the rain under a makeshift canopy and tucked in the corner behind the stage, I did not have a good view of Rev. Bernice King or the other speakers, but as I listened and joined in the walk, I was reminded of our own rally for redress on Parliament Hill twenty-five years ago in April 1988.

Reconciling With First Nations People

We have seen the long-term impact of residential schools. There are devastated communities where there is incest, suicides, violence and severe alcohol and drug addiction. Some First Nations people spend their lives in prisons, or on the streets of our towns and cities. The inter-generational impact stemming from residential schools is immense.

City of Vancouver Apology

Japanese Canadian seniors were sitting in the packed City of Vancouver council chambers on the morning of September 25, 2013 to hear a long overdue apology.

“With humility and respect, the City of Vancouver formally apologizes for its complicity, its inaction, and for failing to protect her residents of Japanese descent.”