Raymond’s Brain: My Baachan #1, Intro Nikkei History

The first in a new series by Raymond Nakamura

This is from a talk I gave at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on February 15, 2018, as part of a speaker series associated with their Lost Fleet Exhibition on the Japanese Canadian fishing boats confiscated during World War II. I’ll add a slide a day or so til I’m done.

Baachan was what we called my paternal grandmother, Taki Nakamura.

She was 4’7” and raised eight children.

She was vegetarian and smoked roll-your-own cigarettes.

She lived 91 years, through most of the major events in Japanese Canadian history.

But I can’t really say I knew her that well. She didn’t speak much English, and I didn’t speak much Japanese.

As a kid, whenever we visited, she would offer me Vicks cherry-flavoured cough drops, which I usually accepted happily.
Every Easter, she sent me and her many other grandchildren, chocolate Easter bunnies.

This is my attempt to understand her life and times.

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Republished from Raymond’s Brain.

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