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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books
This Is My Own: Letters to Wes and Other Writings on Japanese Canadians, 1941–1948 is a collection of letters written by Muriel Kitagawa during this period, as well as statements, essays and manuscripts which arose from Kitagawa’s commitment to write about the injustices of the government’s policies and to educate the Canadian public on the history and perceptions of Japanese Canadians.
ISBN 13: 9780889222311 | ISBN 10: 889222312
W x H inches | pages
$24.95 CAN / $19.95 US
Backlist | Non-Fiction | Bisac: POL040000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“The publication of This Is My Own means that [Kitagawa’s] passionate loyalty, her rage, haven’t been left to moulder in the grave. What a relief that is. What a cause for celebration.”
— Joy Kogawa
Finalist for the 1986 BC Book Prize: Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize
About the ContributorsMuriel Kitagawa
Tsukiye Muriel Kitagawa was senior editor for The New Age, the first newspaper to express the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadian) perspective and provide an outlet for that generation’s expressive thought and literary writing. In 1938 she began writing for The New Canadian, where she was a regular contributor under several pen names. With four young children, including twins born right in the middle of the uprooting of the entire B.C. Japanese Canadian community, Muriel and her family moved to Toronto to join her brother Wesley Fujiwara who was attending university there in June of 1942.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.