The Fifth Estate Throwaway Citizens

The Fifth Estate Throwaway Citizens

This documentary picks up pages of the bureaucratic paper trail which led to the ethnic cleansing of British Columbia – the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. There was never any legitimate security risk involved. Motive for the internment and confiscation of their property had everything to do with commercial jealousy and racism mixing with politics. After the war, forbidden to live near the coast, 13,000 Japanese Canadians were forced to live east of British Columbia and another 4,000 were deported. Most were Canadian citizens and many had never learned to speak Japanese. Linden McIntyre discusses this dark era with policy makers of the time and those whose lives were destroyed or derailed by racial politics.

  • 1995
  • 00:32:15
  • 9-12
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