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Finalist! 2010 BC Booksellers’ Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie

Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: BC’s Japanese Canadian Fishermen
by Masako Fukawa , Stanley Fukawa
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: BC’s Japanese Canadian Fishermen

Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet is an intimate collection of stories of Japanese Canadians on the water, from the first Japanese immigrant’s arrival in 1877 to the present day. The 130-year history of the Nikkei is full of drama, violence, epic struggles against injustice, failures and triumphs. Opposition from other fishermen and government, and racist policies sought to exclude them from the fishery entirely. Here are the real lives of Nikkei fishermen and their families told in their words. Even in the face of inequity, prejudice and inhumanity, the spirit of the Nikkei fishermen has left a legacy. Masako Fukawa has been the principal writer and managing editor of the Nikkei Fisherman titles since the formation of the Nikkei Fishermen Book Committee in 2003. She is a former school administrator and teacher specializing in the story of Japanese Canadians. Stanley Fukawa is the translator, interpreter and contributing writer for Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet. He is on the editorial committee of Nikkei Images, a journal of the Japanese Canadian National Museum. Masako and Stanley live in Burnaby.  More