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WATARI DORI: A Bird of Passage
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EPISODE 8: "Watari Dori: A Bird of Passage"

  1. When did Irene's father come to Canada? What business did he start? And where?
  2. Why did Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, have such a significant impact on Canadians of Japanese ancestry living on the west coast. What happened?
  3. Why was education so important to Japanese Canadians and who provided higher education in the camps?
  4. Who was Winifred Awmack? What did she do?
  5. What happened to the property of Japanese Canadians - the cars, homes, businesses? And how did Irene's father react?
  6. At the end of the war, what options did the Canadian Government give to those in the internment camps? Why?
  7. Why was Irene apprehensive about returning to Japan and how was she treated?
  8. Why did Irene's father want her to return to Canada and why was she allowed back?
  9. How long after the war did it take before the rights of Japanese Canadians were restored?
  10. In the Japanese culture, what is the symbolism behind launching a paper lantern?


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