Stories of My People by Roy Ito

E-book "Stories of My People" by Roy Ito (published in 1994) is now available for free download.

"Stories of My People" by Roy Ito, initially published in 1994, presents a distinctive and comprehensive perspective on the history of Japanese Canadians. It serves as a valuable testament to the contributions and narratives of Japanese Canadians, intertwining community experiences with personal stories from esteemed Nikkei pioneers such as Manzo Nagano, Yasushi Yamazaki, Tatsuro Buck Suzuki, Tom Shoyama, and other significant figures within the Japanese Canadian community. Through direct interviews and ongoing personal relationships with these individuals, Roy Ito skillfully uncovers captivating stories that epitomize the historical Japanese Canadian experience. With his insider perspective, he provides unparalleled knowledge and connections to his subjects.

The book is an essential resource for researchers, offering access to rare and hard-to-find stories not readily available in other publications. However, acquiring a copy can be challenging, as it is currently out of print and only available in hard copy.

To address this accessibility issue, the NNMCC has responded to a request from Roy Ito's family by producing a digital epub format of the book. This digital edition aims to reach a wider audience and assist researchers worldwide. In a time when we have lost many of our elders who endured Japanese Canadian internment, reading "Stories of My People" provides a remarkable opportunity to connect with firsthand accounts from those who lived through these experiences. While we cannot preserve our elders indefinitely, this digital book ensures that future generations can directly engage with the author and the numerous individuals he interviewed, allowing their legacies to endure.