SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sedai Corner – Only You Can Tell Your Story!

This past month, the Sedai Project has been busy continuing to make connections throughout the wider community of Canadian Nikkei.  Through involvement with the Tashme Historical Project, as well as the coordination of the Japanese Canadian Post War Experience Conference on April 6-7th, Sedai looks forward to a series of upcoming interviews with Nikkei both in the GTA and beyond.

With our most recent addition of the detailed memories of Elsie Toguri regarding the pre-war Vancouver newspaper Tairiku Nippo, Sedai is proud to announce that we have spoken with 180 different individuals in 196 interviews.  We continue to believe in the strength of the community to bring forward their stories and experiences, as only each individual can.  As each individual has their own unique set of experiences and perspectives, the most inclusive picture of the community of Canadian Nikkei can only be established when all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle come together!

Sedai has been very lucky to receive the assistance of a handful of dedicated volunteers, who have helped keep the transcription process going.  They continue to build our database of transcribed interviews, which are essential in making the interviews as accessible as possible.  The transcribing process has been a steady one, but Sedai always welcomes volunteers in assisting the Project in gaining momentum.  If you would like to volunteer with the Project, please refer to our contact info below.

If you, or someone you know, has stories and memories to tell of their experiences as Canadian Nikkei, Sedai will be in the Hamilton and Ottawa areas this March and April respectively.  Sedai will be continuing to setup interviews in those areas, and as always, Sedai welcomes stories from across the spectrum of the history of Canadian Nikkei experience!  Please contact Elizabeth Fujita, Sedai Project Coordinator, at, or by phone at 416-41-2345 ext 303 for further information.

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