Gail (Ono) Swanson – An Interview

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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  1. Seeing the people remaining, the elders and descendants, and their sharing so it would never happen again, the sensitivity of the young students in making the film for their project – touched me deeply. My family was in Tule Lake so I appreciate all our effort in telling your stories. Thank you for protecting the significance of the sacrifices of those who came before us .

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