Seizure of Japanese-Canadian boats resonates today, maritime museum says

Seizure of Japanese-Canadian boats still resonates

VANCOUVER — During the Second World War nearly 1,200 fishing boats owned by Japanese-Canadians were seized by Canadian officials on the B.C. coast — an action that followed Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The seizure is the focus of a new exhibition, “The Lost Fleet,” opening March 24 at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

The historical event, with its backdrop of racism and the accompanying internment of Japanese-Canadians, has a contemporary resonance, the museum says.

Planning for the show took place during the rising crisis in Syria, when “discussions of an influx of non-white immigrants bore a strong resemblance to the rhetoric used when speaking about the Japanese and other Asian immigrants in the 20th century prior to WWII,” the museum says.

“Current legislation, policies and public sentiment about immigration invite the question of whether this type of injustice could be carried out against other groups.”

The exhibition will feature photographs and models of some of the seized boats, as well as replicas of the registry created to redistribute the vessels, which wound up being sold to canneries and non-Japanese fishermen.

In June 1942, a Japanese submarine fired shells at Estevan Point lighthouse on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

A shell fragment from that attack will also be displayed. The artifact highlights “the little known fact” that enemy fire landed on Canadian soil during the war and “adds a level of reality to the threat that was feared by many in B.C.,” the museum says.




The Canadian Press

Just Posted

UPDATED: Dog found wandering in Langley headed to his Alberta family

The Langley Animal Protection Society and a kind truck driver are helping Frankie get home.

UPDATED: Byelection lawsuit cost Langley City $27,000

Last-place candidate Serena Oh failed to convince the Supreme Court to hear her case.

Michael Jackstien named Langley’s Good Citizen of the Year

The longtime volunteer organized the BC Summer Games and many other local events.

Province’s best young curlers compete in Langley

Langley Curling Centre is hosting the juniors from Dec. 18 to 23.

Langley’s Marley and Cratchit bring spirit of giving to life

Local accountants will act as characters from A Christmas Carol for a fundraiser.

Me Too At Work: Sexual assault and harassment in the B.C. workplace

Introducing an in-depth look at who is affected and what can be done

Greater Vancouver house prices expected to rise five per cent in 2018

Strict incoming mortgage rules will slow growth for first half of 2018

5 to start your day

Large drug bust in Abbotsford, a look at sexual harassment in the workplace and more

Four-month-old baby girl stabbed in Toronto

The baby, a man and a woman in serious condition

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

Police appeal for info after girl, 11, hit in New Westminster crosswalk

Child was left with non-life threatening injuries

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Most Read