Changing Tides: Vanishing Voices of Nikkei Fishermen and Their Families has won the Roderick Haig-Brown BC Book Prize for “contributing the most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia”. Edited by Kotaro Hayashi, Fumio “Frank” Kanno, Henry Tanaka, and Jim Tanaka the book, is an excellent history of and tribute to JCs and their families.
Changing Tides presents a fascinating collection of personal stories of Japanese Canadian fishermen and their families on the BC coast, from before and after the Second World War. Some stories tell of hardship, determination, and triumph; others provide a personal perspective on the injustices, discrimination, and racism encountered prior to WWII and how these attitudes became institutionalized into law. Above all, they illustrate the enduring bonds of family, community, and culture.Today only a handful of Nikkei fishermen remain…These stories, accompanied by family photographs, capture a fading way of life. They are a tribute to the Nikkei fishermen and their contributions to the fishing industry, to the communities where they lived, and to Canada’s rich multicultural heritage.
This book is published by the National Nikkei Museum and the editors are part of the “Nikkei Fishermen’s Reunion Project committee.”