Presentation Title

Internment, racism and baseball in southwestern Ontario: Japanese-Canadian farm labourers during World War II.

Location

Room 306, School of Social Work

Start Date

29-9-2018 10:15 AM

End Date

29-9-2018 12:00 PM

Presentation Types

Paper

Abstract

In the summer of 1942, hundreds of male Japanese-Canadians from families interned in British Columbia would find themselves employed by the Ontario Farm Service Force on farms throughout southwestern Ontario. These young men would face prejudice and many challenges but also acceptance and friendship. One area that provided an important common interest was baseball and the Japanese-Canadian farm labourers would play highly-attended exhibition games against local teams. This presentation explores the events and process that led to a particularly memorable game at the end of the harvest season.

Bio Statement

Art Rhyno is a Librarian at the University of Windsor and serves on the Board of OurDigitalWorld, where he has been an active member since its beginnings as part of the Ontario Digital Library twenty years ago. With his wife, Laurie, Art also spent nearly a decade in the newspaper business via The Essex Free Press, the second oldest family-owned community newspaper in Ontario at the time, and has worked on newspaper digitization projects with the Internet Archive and the World Bank.

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Sep 29th, 10:15 AM Sep 29th, 12:00 PM

Internment, racism and baseball in southwestern Ontario: Japanese-Canadian farm labourers during World War II.

Room 306, School of Social Work

In the summer of 1942, hundreds of male Japanese-Canadians from families interned in British Columbia would find themselves employed by the Ontario Farm Service Force on farms throughout southwestern Ontario. These young men would face prejudice and many challenges but also acceptance and friendship. One area that provided an important common interest was baseball and the Japanese-Canadian farm labourers would play highly-attended exhibition games against local teams. This presentation explores the events and process that led to a particularly memorable game at the end of the harvest season.