Diverse Voices & Portraits

Stories of diversity, discrimination & inclusion

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Portrait #42 – Marlene


Marlene worries about the violent racism that occurs in the Rupert and Terrace region, she hopes for justice.

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Portrait #37 -Roy


Roy learned about discrimination at a young age and it changed the trajectory of his life in significant and ongoing ways….

A few things of note:

The Celtic Shipyards were located at the southernmost part of Blenheim Street in Vancouver along the Fraser River.

In 1942, Hastings Park was used as a holding area for the Japanese before they were sent to internment camps in interior British Columbia. Located at Hastings and Renfrew Street it is the home of the Pacific National Exhibition and the Racetrack. In 1993 the Momiji Japanese Garden was built to commemorate the internment.

Although the houses at the internment camp in Bay Farm in Slocan BC could possibly house either one family or two – Roy stresses they were indeed VERY small.

The Naturalization Act (from 1915-1951) resulted in a formal contract between the Canadian Government and folks moving to Canada from elsewhere, guaranteeing that once these people swore allegiance to the British sovereign they would be granted the rights of someone born within the British Empire. This contract was broken during the Japanese Internment.

Tonari Gumi is Vancouver’s Japanese Community Volunteer Association

Nissei are second generation Japanese immigrants.

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Portrait # 35 – Celia


Celia of Hakka-Chinese heritage, is a Canadian-Australian who has moved around a lot – it turns out Hakka in Chinese means ‘guest people’ so she has lived up this meaning! Born in East Timor, grew up in Australia and moved to Canada in 2004.

*Celia was interviewed by Elin during the MOV/Chinese Canadian Historical Society/DV&P Podcast Workshop