Intergenerational trauma

Certainly, I think the treatment of Japanese Canadians had an effect on families. We knew we were expected to be better, to excel in what we were doing and try to fit in as much as possible, which we tried to do. Schooling was very important.

Raising our own children, we probably expected more from them than the average parent. My husband was about 12 at the time of the evacuation. His father died shortly after being sent to a sugar beet farm in Manitoba. I think he was traumatized because he was older and more aware. He suffered from depression later on in life as a result of what he had been through. What could have been if not for the war and evacuation?

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