Episode 13 – Franchise


Members of the Japanese Canadian Citizens' League, formed in the 1930s to lobby for Japanese Canadian voting rights

Nikkei National Museum collection, 2000.

SJCTM - 13 - Franchise

In light of the recent federal election, Raymond and Museum Intern Carolyn Nakagawa discuss Japanese Canadians' long fight for the right to vote, from the British Columbia government's ban against Japanese Canadians being added to the voters' list in 1885, to the lifting of all restrictions on citizenship rights for Canadians of Japanese descent in 1949.

Produced and hosted by Raymond Nakamura and Carolyn Nakagawa

Music by Aiko Saita


Adachi, Ken. The Enemy that Never Was. Toronto: McLelland and Stewart Ltd., 1976.

Elections Canada. A History of the Vote in Canada. Second edition available online.

Ito, Roy. Stories of My People: A Japanese Canadian Journal. Hamilton: Promark Printing, 1994.

Miki, Roy. Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2004.