Tomekichi Homma: the story of a Canadian
By: Homma, K.T., Isaksson, C.G.
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Publication Date: 2008
PR Highlights: Memoirs of a Japanese immigrant family.
Description: Biography of a significant individual who fought tirelessly for the rights of the Japanese, in British Columbia.
This is the story of one remarkable man, Tomekichi Homma, and how his journey led him to become a significant Japanese Canadian pioneer. A gentle and gracious man, from an educated and disciplined family tradition, Tomikichi arrived in British Columbia in the 1880s, and quickly became a crusader for justice and dignity for his fellow immigrants. He worked tirelessly throughout his life to change the widespread racial intolerance and restrictions of the time, and to improve his community. As a dedicated and loving family man, he raised his children to become responsible and independent adults. Anecdotes and personal memoirs gathered from the Homma family reveal both his public life, and also the struggles and celebrations of a Japanese immigrant family. The story of Tomekichi Homma offers a unique perspective that embraces diversity, equality, and justice, and is a testament to the dignity of spirit and perseverance that defined his life.
Though just 72 pages long, this book captures the story os one of the first Japanese immigrants and his fight for equality. Sadly Mr. Homma passed away awhile incarcerated in a camp in the Kootneys. Three years after his death the Japanese were allowed to vote in Federal elections and finally allowed free movement in Canada as well as being allowed to vote in the Provincial electi9ns.