Honorary Degree Ceremony for Japanese Canadian Students of 1942

UBC-DVDCommemorative DVD

Produced by the University of British Columbia

The treatment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War is one of the great injustices of Canadian history. In 1942, 22,000 Japanese Canadians were uprooted and exiled from the B.C. coast. Among this group were 76 UBC students. These students played an integral part of the university community and the upheaval changed the course of their lives. Few were able to complete their studies after the war while some attended universities in eastern Canada.

On May 30, 2012, UBC recognized and honoured this group of students at a special Honorary Degree Ceremony. Seventy years later, the Japanese Canadian UBC students of 1942 have been formally welcomed back into the alumni community.

Disc one
CEREMONY FOOTAGE: Honorary Degree for Japanese Canadian Students of 1942

Disc two
A DEGREE OF JUSTICE: Japanese Canadian UBC Students of 1942

WELCOME HOME: A Tribute to UBC Japanese Canadian Students of 1942

70 YEARS LATER: Ceremony for Japanese Canadian students of 1942 – thoughts and reactions


$20 available in the museum shop.