Artifact #1

Japanese Canadian home on Powell Street in Vancouver (pre - 1941)

Powell Street was the largest Japanese Canadian community in Canada before the mass uprooting in 1942. Institutions such as the Japanese newspaper, Japanese language school, and churches were well established.

Consider the following questions as you examine this photograph:

  • What room do you think the family is sitting in?
  • Do you think this family was affluent? Why or why not?
  • How would you characterize their style of dress?
  • Is there any object(s) in the photo that would help identify this home as one belonging to a Japanese Canadian family?
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