Gail (Ono) Swanson

Gail Swanson, President of the Kyowakai Society (Living together peacefully) – a society that was set up during the war years by Nikkei living in New Denver BC as a means to find ways of living harmoniously in the community, despite the difficult circumstances. They are responsible for the running of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, a National Historic Site. Gail shares her family’s story and talks about what it was like growing up as a Japanese Canadian in her community. She also shares a special visit to Japan with her mother where she was able to meet her family in Japan for the first time.

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