Chronology of Key Events in
Japanese Canadian History
THE EARLY YEARS - THE ISSEITHE EARLY YEARS - THE ISSEITHE EARLY YEARS - THE ISSEI
Manzo Nagano, first Japanese individual known to land and settle in Canada,
abandons ship in New Westminster and subsequently runs a gift shop,
Japanese food store and hotel in Victoria, BC.
Gihei Kuno visits Canada and returns to Wakayama-ken to recruit fellow
villagers to settle in the village of Steveston. Steveston becomes the second
largest Japanese Canadian settlement in Canada before WW II.
First nisei (second generation), Katsuji Oya, is born to Yo and Washiji Oya.
Issei (Japanese immigrants) establish stores, boarding houses and other
businesses along the streets adjacent to Hastings Mill, especially along Powell
Street. This neighbourhood becomes the major settlement of Japanese
Canadians until WW II.
Japanese are denied the right to vote in BC regardless of place of birth.
Tomekichi Homma, a naturalized Canadian citizen, applies to be included on
the voters’ list. The Collector of Voters refuses to accept his name but a BC
judge declares that the clause barring Asians from voting is ultra vires (beyond
the power of the Legislature).
The Privy Council of Britain supports the BC law which denies the vote to
Asians. The loss of the fight for the franchise has other consequences –
Japanese Canadians cannot vote, hold public office or become lawyers,
pharmacists, architects, chartered accountants or teachers.
Japanese Canadian farmers begin to settle in the Fraser Valley and establish
themselves as successful berry farmers.
The first Buddhist temple in Canada opens at the Ishikawa Hotel on Powell
The first Japanese language school is established in Vancouver by the Japanese
Several thousand men arrived to work in Canada or enter the United States.
On Sept. 9, a protest rally organized by the Anti-Asiatic League turns into a
riot. A white mob rampages through the Chinese an