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EPISODE 8: "Watari Dori:
A Bird of Passage"
Directed by Linda Ohama
A touching story about a Canadian
woman of Japanese origin who suffered internment during WW II, and another
Canadian woman trying to right that wrong.
- The internment of citizens
- The role of education in
- The rights and privileges
- Enemy Alien
- To understand why the Japanese
- To know the attitudes of
the Canadians toward the Japanese in the 1940s
- To appreciate the contribution
of Japanese Canadians to Canada
- Look at the various headlines
to the articles from the newspapers that are shown in the film. Explain
what they tell us about the Canadian attitudes toward the Canadians
of Japanese descent during this time period.
- You have been told you have
48 hours to pack and you can only take essential items. What possessions
of yours would you classify as essential? What would you classify as
a luxury? If you could only take one suitcase, what would you put in
- Write a series of journal
/ diary entries describing your experiences, thoughts, and feelings
during your journey from Vancouver to Tashme.
- Irene has a wealth of experiences.
Some of these are:
- Living in freedom in
- Being forced to give
up her home and move to an unknown internment camp;
- Living in the camp;
- Hearing about the end
of the war;
- Returning to Japan;
- Returning to Canada;
- Meeting Winifred Awmack
after 50 years.
Play the role of Irene.
Choose one of the above experiences and write a personal essay explaining
your thoughts and feelings.
- Winifred Awmack believed
that Canada's internment of Japanese Canadians was unjust. Her convictions
led her to teach the interned children. In essay form, explore three
issues where you think government policy is unfair. Explain what legal
means you would use, like Winifred Awmack, to correct some of the wrong.
- Debate the following: Canada
was justified in its treatment and internment of the Japanese Canadians
- Research the contribution
that Canadians of Japanese ancestry have made to Canada.
- Go to the A Scattering
of Seeds web site and find the Forum section for this film. Have
a round table discussion on the question posed in the Forum: "Does a
country have a duty to pay for it's past?"
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