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Alice [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1985-08-16 SUMMARY: Came to Canada from West Germany in 1958, her husband came in 1956; he got a job right away in the Kootenays; she stayed and worked in an office to earn money for the fare to move to Victoria; left daughter behind in a French boarding school for one year; spoke little English, neighbours, TV and radio helped; took her a year to become fluent; talks about upbringing and laziness; baked and learned how to make ethnic foods; now cooks "international"; neighbours helped her to cook and can; missed family, felt cut-off; difference in childrearing here and in Germany; language difficulties; people very friendly in the Kootenays and Victoria; English classes; meeting friends; Germans; help; immigrants are practical people; had no trade, could only clean houses at first; difficulties Canadians face hiring immigrants; accept new country's customs; didn't consider moving back; visit was a cultural shock; part of two cultures; speaks German at home; how it was for her daughter when she came in 1959; similarity of French, German and English languages; discrimination toward daughter at school; German club and school; passing on customs to daughter; learning how to drive a car; husband has control over money and shopping; learned things by herself when he went to Nelson; insisted on a car for independence; Europe them and now; changes in relationship between husband and wife; no money to have a baby; saved money; first husband supportive; ICA, German Club, Multicultural Association; activities she takes part in; courtesy to Canadians; learning to assimilate; differences between boys and girls; good citizenship; expectations on new Canadians; passing on traditions; advice to newcomers; BC government encourages immigrants to share.

Angelo Branca interview : [Itter & Marlatt, 1977]

CALL NUMBER: T2619:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Strathcona neighbourhood : the Italian community PERIOD COVERED: 1896-1920 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-02-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Angelo Branca discusses background and childhood: father in gold rush, 1896; father's import business; learning of his background through oral history, 1911, as father returns to Italy briefly; deliveries as child for grocery store; mucky sidewalks at Hastings and Main; games as a child; teachers at school; discipline in the home and at school; sense of humour of teachers; change of his ;vocation to law on father's advice; singing at Italian dinners; sister as a singer. TRACK 2: Discusses: physical work and chores; Italian picnics; lack of existing documentation of Italians in Vancouver; immigrants coming being those who needed new opportunity; Mr. Branca's father's reason for immigrating; story-telling amongst his father's friends; San Carlo opera company coming to Vancouver; the Avenue Theatre; Charles E. Royal players at Empress Theatre; early movie theatres; seeing opera recently in Verona; Italy; Italian banquets in Vancouver; his sister as a talented singer.;

CALL NUMBER: T2619:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Strathcona neighbourhood : the Italian community PERIOD COVERED: 1905-1977 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-02-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses: Powell St. grounds; Burnaby farm; family; schooling; early success in law profession; assimilation of Italians into Canada; Fathers at Sacred Heart school; description of church interiors at Easter and Christmas; father's import business; speech making; Italian language. TRACK 2: Discusses: philosophical sayings and proverbs in Italian, and the poetry of learning them; discipline in the home; notes changes in parental guidance since WW II; brief history of union of the provinces of Italy; Strathcona residents from Veneto and Udine area; small community problems; community ;pride and jealousy; retention of ethnic customs.;

CALL NUMBER: T2619:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Strathcona neighbourhood : the Italian community PERIOD COVERED: 1900-1940 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-02-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses: manual labour by first minority groups; discrimination problems; Janet Smith case of 1924; False Creek prior to WW I; maps of area viewed; location of family's home in area; street; cars, hotels and theatres; first Woodward store; Crosetti, Branca and Tosi stores on Main Street; stores at corner of Union and Princess Street; area of Water St., 70 years ago; Europe Hotel; Angelo Calori. TRACK 2: Discusses: sewage outlet at foot of Raymur St.; reclamation of False Creek park; builder of Union Street homes in 1900s; Hogan's Alley; distribution of brothels in area; police control and toleration of them; lack of crime in area; rum running; bootlegging.;

CALL NUMBER: T2619:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Strathcona neighbourhood : the Italian community RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Branca discusses: lawyers in '20s and '30s who influenced him; his first car, a Russell-Knight (?); early driving conditions in Vancouver; learning to box from George Paris; boxing in general; his father's business partner, John Crosetti; Branca's father as a colourful character. (End of interview)

Bavarian folk music

SUMMARY: "The Changing Society" was a CBC radio series about immigration to Canada, and how immigrants change the demographics of Canadian culture. Each program in the series featured interviews with individua;ls of a specific ethnicity. This episode consists of Bavarian folk music recorded in Germany by Jurgen Hesse.;

Betty [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1985-08-16 SUMMARY: Came from Tokyo, Japan in 1969; to Vancouver; husband wanted to live here; they knew no one here; moved to Victoria to get another job; biggest problem was not knowing English; was working in the Japanese community; not as active here as in Japan, partly because of the language; speaks of educational differences between Canadians and Japanese; value of two cultures to children; daughter speaks of being western; day care in Japan; more jobs needed here; Japanese Cultural Association, what they do; Tokyo is very crowded, although there are more jobs there; likes Victoria very much.

Between ourselves : The Germans in B.C., part 1

SUMMARY: "Between Ourselves" was a weekly series of hour-long radio programs that presented Canada to Canadians. It featured aspects of Canadian life in docudramas, plays, music, and interviews, originating fr;om different regions of Canada. The series ran from 1966 to 1979. This episode is a documentary consisting of interviews with Germans who immigrated to B.C. They speak about their lives and experience;s. This is part one of two.;

Between ourselves : The Germans in B.C., part 2

SUMMARY: "Between Ourselves" was a weekly series of hour-long radio programs that presented Canada to Canadians. It featured aspects of Canadian life in docudramas, plays, music, and interviews, originating fr;om different regions of Canada. The series ran from 1966 to 1979. This episode is a documentary consisting of interviews with Germans who immigrated to B.C. They speak about their lives and experience;s. This is part two of two.;

Carol [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1985-08-19 SUMMARY: Talks about her escape from Vietnam on a boat in 1980; talks about camp in Malaysia and being allowed to come to Canada; arrival in Montreal, then Victoria; help from different Canadian people; what life was like in Vietnam before they left; getting a job when she first came; learning English; children speak English; she has two jobs, her husband can't find work; learning to get around in Victoria;, shop, pay bills, etc. Intercultural Association, Catholic-Vietnamese church; festivals; raising children; taking the best from two cultures; some differences in raising child in Vietnam and Canada; learning English is the most important thing, then getting a job; working is very important and makes her happy; doesn't want money from the government.

Correspondence regarding immigration

  • GR-4064
  • Series
  • 1903-1905

This series consists of correspondence related to the 1904 British Columbia Immigration Act. The records were created or received by the Provincial Immigration Officer, a position held by the Superintendent of the BC Provincial Police Force for these years. The correspondence is primarily with other government officials such as the Premier, Provincial Secretary and Deputy Immigration Officers, including one who worked in Blaine, Washington. Some correspondence may be from immigrants or other officials such as representatives from the Japanese Consul in BC.

Records relate to a variety of subjects, from financial expenses and statistics to the detention and deportation of those deemed “enemy aliens”. Many records regard Japanese people.

The records are arranged alphabetically by sender or subject. The majority of records are correspondence in, but there are also some copies of correspondence out written by the Superintendent.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Dana [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-08-21 SUMMARY: Came from China [big city near Hong Kong] in December 1980; was an accountant in China; why she came - her children were here; difficulty in coming to Canada; what she knew about Canada; differences here; language barrier; how she felt on coming here; family problems; language problems; job problems; dependency; had a job, but her son wanted her to quit; sons supporting parent; older women working; different living conditions here and in China; economic conditions, jobs, etc. in China; how she spends her time here; English lessons, learning English; she is active, independent; feeling of inferiority about language difference; Chinese/Canadian culture; wants more programs to integrate better; harder for older people.

Eileen [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-08-21 SUMMARY: Came from Taiwan to Vancouver in 1983; came to Canada because her children are here; what surprises she found here; working; marriage; differences here and in Taiwan; living conditions Taiwan, better here; husband was a teacher, but is now retired; she is happy here; easy to immigrate here; what she does here; languages problems; diet changes; wants to learn about Canadian culture; Chinese and English speaking agencies working together, using body language, games and activities; citizenship; women and work in Taiwan; day care; childrearing in Canada and Taiwan; shopping; swimming; encouraging senior Chinese to get out and about; misconception of Chinese isolation; desire to integrate.

Elisa Negrin interview

CALL NUMBER: T2715:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Italian-Canadians in the Strathcona neighbourhood PERIOD COVERED: 1913-1940 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-06-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Elisa Negrin discusses: her parents' Italian background; parents' first jobs in Vancouver; garden and animals on Atlantic Street; looking after cows; manure used in medicine and other folk remedies; butchering at home; fodder for cows; barn at Atlantic Street house. TRACK 2: Mutual help in the neighbourhood. Police in the neighbourhood during the Depression. Transients in the Depression.; Relations of girls with neighbourhood boys and transients. Chores and schools. Helping with midwifery in the neighbourhood.;

CALL NUMBER: T2715:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Italian-Canadians in the Strathcona neighbourhood PERIOD COVERED: 1920-1945 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-06-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses: work and her attitude during her teens in the Depression; school life -- activities, ethnic groups; mutual help in the neighbourhood and attitudes of ethnic groups toward each other and neighbourhood problems; languages spoken in the neighbourhood; trees and sidewalks and proposed changes in the neighbourhood. TRACK 2: Taking in borders in the Depression. Credit from stores. Attitudes toward teachers. Prevalence of TB in the war years. Other diseases: diphtheria, rheumatic fever, scarlet fever. (End of interview);

Eric Garman interview : [Nicholson, 1977]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Eric Garman : A life in forestry PERIOD COVERED: 1910-1977 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-03-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Family background and early life in England. Family immigrates to Canada, 1911; voyage by boat and train to Vancouver. Job as office boy for importer (Martin & Robertson Ltd.), W.H. Malkin grocery firm, and A. Macdonald & Co., another grocery firm. Service in World War I. Additional education after the war -- UBC. Decision to become a forester. Work for Bloedel, Stewart and Welch. Forestry training in Oregon. Scholarship to Yale University. TRACK 2: Graduation from Yale, 1928, with M.A. in forestry. Marriage, 1935, and children. Forestry jobs: C.D. Orchard; Nass River, 1922; Douglas fir survey; Cowichan Lake forest experimental station; spruce question; jobs after retirement. Awards. Thetis Park Nature Sanctuary. Choirs.

Ernest Lang interview

CALL NUMBER: T0305:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-03-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Ernest "Ernie" Fredrick Lang talks about the Keithley Creek area, and recalls his experiences as a German immigrant before World War I. An unidentified woman speaks for about three minutes. Then, Lang describes how he came to Canada in 1912, homesteaded and worked in mines. He mined in the area until 1940. He tells a story about going down Fraser River on a scow and finding a dead man in the mountains. He describes the countryside of the Quesnel Highlands and talks about Bob Borland, Jim Adams and the Mile Tunnel. Then he discusses Mrs. Lee who grazed sheep in the hills before an unidentified man and woman speak again for about three more minutes.

TRACK 2: Lang discusses his background and experiences in Germany, coming to North America, hard times and experiences in New York, coming to Canada as an immigrant labourer, working on a farm near Brantford, Ontario, and coming to BC to work on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad. Then he tells a story of a journey through the woods in winter and an elaboration of the story about traveling the Fraser River on a scow.

CALL NUMBER: T0305:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-03-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Lang describes working on a farm near 153 Mile House, incidents evolving out of the language barrier, working for Louis Corsina at 153 Mile House, stories about being a German in Canada during World War I, activities in the area of South Fort George circa 1915, mining at 20 Mile House, mining at Keithley Creek, gold in the old river channels and more on mining up to 1925.

TRACK 2: Mr. Lang describes early gold mining in the area between 1860 and 1880, Jim Adams and the Mile Tunnel at Snowshoe Creek, Keithley Creek, staking claims in the snow, the Barkerville Road, the effect WWII had on mining and economics, gold fever, encounters with bears, settlement at Likely and Quesnel Forks, an encounter with a cougar and his wife's death.

Ethnic communities in Vancouver, [1976-09-06?]

SUMMARY: "Identities" was a CBC radio series that used interviews to examine various ethnic communities and their attitudes towards Canadian life. This episode consists of interviews and sounds about a variety; of subjects, including: a Chilean person in Vancouver who has completed an extensive survey on the social and economic needs of the city's Spanish-speaking community; the search for freedom as a reas;on for immigration; an inside look at the civil war in Lebanon; multicultural policy; and why it is fashionable to form ethnic stereotypes.;

Faye [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-08-21 SUMMARY: Came from the Western Ukraine in the Soviet Union in 1979 with her husband; difficulties in coming, language problems; graduated and taught French there; husband got language classes; she took ESL; getting permission to immigrate; finding work here; living conditions here and in Russia; people; easier for her daughter; apartments and medical care in Russia; getting clothes and furniture from the government; family left in Russia; spare time; working here; freedom here; Russian communities here; initial politeness from Canadian; two cultures; speaking Russian at home; adjustment from women immigrants; women having a double load, housework and job; keeping old values; childrearing here and Russia; school system there; going to university in Russia; childrearing there; small ethnic communities; some examples of her Russian clients' problems for professional women coming here; freedom of life here; counseling and work as Mosaic; advice to new immigrants; finding jobs here; support from immigration; getting experience; giving up her profession; women from different cultures have different problems; Mosaic very important help.

German immigrants to B.C.

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: A variety of German immigrants to Canada and BC comment on their reasons for coming to Canada; their first experiences on arriving; how they feel about Canada; attitudes of different German immigrants; the German contribution to Canadian life; their adaptation to Canadian life and links to Germany; Germans as good citizens and successful Canadians.;

Gina [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-08-21 SUMMARY: Came from Argentina in 1969; was working for an airline selling tickets; took French and Italian; husband's brother coming here from Italy, so they came too; lived with them; had three children and was pregnant when she came; return to Argentina in 1970, decided to return here as there was no work there either; speaking English; loneliness, missing home; making friends here; talks about neighbours; here and there; learning to speak English; working at White Spot; shopping without much English; husband picked up English faster, he was outside the home more; staying at home most of the time; Spanish-speaking community; Mosaic, joining and working; differences between here and Buenos Aires; started going out after about five years here; talks about children and childrearing; speaks Spanish at home; expectations on women; family life; learning language before coming; importance of orienting new immigrants; relating with English-speaking people.

Hannah [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-08-22 SUMMARY: Born in India; came here with family in 1962; returned for 10 months in 1974; father is a Sikh priest, asked to come to Canada; mother encouraged him to come; father worked in mill as well; wages in both jobs very low; sponsored family with help of temple committee; 1969 father had a bad accident and now gets handicapped pension; mother more modern than father, mother is more educated, made easier adjustment to life here; mother's English pretty good, had a B.A.; mother worked in janitorial; dishwasher; reception; waitressing jobs; feelings about being part of two cultures; mother was rejected by the Indian community for modern ways; expectations of Indian community; respect for parents by children; retaining Indian culture, sense of family responsibilities; difficulties growing up part of two cultures; father didn't like children speaking English; sister rebelled against arranged marriage; father's feelings about modern wife; marriage eventually destroyed; restricted life living in the temple; sisters and brothers; Westernization depends on length of stay; father went to England in 1972; difficult for women immigrants; comparison of upbringing of boys and girls; working at Oasis; alcohol; women able to help themselves here, alternatives, support; how people come to Canada; some had a better life at home; women don't work in India; adjustment hardest for old people; learning English; differences in age groups; problems coming here; restrictions on and mistreatment of women; alcohol and physical abuse; what men do with their time; recommendations; Oasis; changing attitudes; attitudes and expectations of men; Caucasians and Indians need to reach out to each other; political problems, fear, hostility, discrimination; problems of visible minority; tolerance here and in India; change and assimilation takes a long time.

Harry Con interview

CALL NUMBER: T2799:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Strathcona neighbourhood : the Chinese community PERIOD COVERED: 1922-1977 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-24 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Harry Con discusses background: born 1922 in Canada; went to China as a boy; returned to Vancouver in 1934 and went to Strathcona School where he learned English; mother was Canadian-born; father immigrated at age 15, worked on railroad, then in sawmills; father Chinese foreman at Capilano Timber (Hastings Park area); conditions of work for father. Con served in WW II; after discharge in 1945, he worked for "Chinese Times", then as principal of Chinese Community School (run by Chinese Freemasons); father a Freemason, as is Harry; relates functions of organization pre and post WW II. Discusses: sending bones back to China; Chinese emigration; discrimination; integration; history of Freemasons as a political organization supporting Sun Yat-sen. Begins narration of urban renewal crisis in Strathcona during '60s; formation of Chinese Property Owners Association under wing of Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA). TRACK 2: Urban renewal crisis (cont'd). Phase I and II of urban renewal. Organization meeting for SPOTA in late '68 where he was elected co-chairman. Discusses his candidacy for School Board in 1968, and political tactics of Chinese Community and of SPOTA. SPOTA's legitimacy as spokesman for Chinese community, 4th level of government on Strathcona Rehabilitation Committee (SRC). Other workers in SPOTA and his resignation. Issue of narrowing roads led to his resignation. Sien Lok Conference in Calgary, Robert Andras & brother Ron Con. Ron's work in Toronto. Freeway and Columbia Connector debates: part played by CBA and by SPOTA and CCC (Chinese Cultural Centre); Reasons for SPOTA's success.

CALL NUMBER: T2799:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Strathcona neighbourhood : the Chinese community PERIOD COVERED: 1920-1965 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-24 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Harry Con discusses: his return to Canada in 1934 and practice of detaining immigrants in Immigration Building; living conditions in 1920s for Chinese in Chinatown; father's work as labour contractor at Capilano Timber; Chinese Empire Reform Association vs. Dr. Sun; split between Freemasons and Nationalists after Republic established; Freemasons no longer a political organization. Wong Foon Sien: head of CBA and head of Hoysun Ningyung Districts Association; spokesman for Chinatown. Discusses: the threat to close Chinese school in 1930s; learning to speak English; retaining Chinese culture; strong family system of traditional culture. TRACK 2: Discusses World War II: joining up to press for full citizenship rights; service in Southeast Asia in Secret Service (British). 1963-64 revitalization of Chinatown: protest over Quebec connector; money of new Hong Kong immigrants; Chinese Cultural Centre; Chinatown Historical Planning Committee. (End of interview);

Immigrants : [interviews]

CALL NUMBER: T2562:0001 - 0020 [part 1] RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-1975 SUMMARY: A series of short interviews with immigrants, who discuss their experiences and what Canada means to them. The interviews were recorded in Victoria, Vancouver & 100 Mile House (B.C.); Halifax, Wolfville, Canning, Tangier, & Cape Breton Island (N.S.); Charlottetown (P.E.I.); Fredericton (N.B.); Montreal (Que.); Ottawa, Toronto, Sault St, Marie & Thunder Bay (Ont.); Winnipeg (Man.); and Calgary & Red Deer (Alta.). The interviewees [in pages 001 - 082 of the transcripts] are: Alek de March (Poland), journalist; Naemi Riberio (Portugal), janitor; Hubert Beyer (Germany), journalist; Flemming Jorgenson (Denmark), painter; Maria Bergink (Netherlands), housewife; Herman Bergink (Netherlands), insurance adjuster and carilloneur; Darshan (India), taxi driver; Dolores Tepper (Mexico); Pentti Nisula (;Finland), mechanic; Joel Slimani (Algeria), waiter; Hans Neumann (Germany), chef; Dennis Alves (Jamaica), waiter; Jean Choi (Korea), waitress; Helmut Wiegert (Germany), hotel-motel manager; Dr. Aftab ;Mufti (Pakistan), university head of computer sciences; Vincent Leung (Hong Kong), mathematics instructor; Siegfried Delsu (Belgium), computer sciences; Felecita Kaleja (Latvia), piano instructor; Jurgen Peill (Germany), farmer; Mr. Pardoe (Wales), retired headmaster; Bastiaantje Speelman (Netherlands), animator-guide-supervisor; Willy Krauch (Denmark), fish smoker; Joseph Bartosek (Czechoslovakia;), delicatessen owner; Jose Castineiras (Cuba), maitre d'hotel; Julijanna Strudwick (Yugoslavia), waitress; Josephine Wicha (Czechoslovakia), restaurant hostess; Tasso Saltaris (Greece), manager; Tadas Januskevicius, known as Ted Janus (Lithuania); Werner Russold (Austria), wardrobe supervisor; Sleiman Wakim (Lebanon), restaurant owner; George Dow (a Palestinian Arab); Magnus and Heidi Ochsner (Switzerland), farmers; Christiane Martin (Germany), cashier; Anar Somani (Tanzania), bank clerk; Yu Kam Chung (Hong Kong), cosmetician.;
CALL NUMBER: T2562:0001 - 0020 [part 2] RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-1975 SUMMARY: The interviewees [in pages 083 - 344 of the transcripts] are: Lucimar Volpeon (Brazil), translator; Gerardo Mosquerea (Colombia); Carlos Davila Vasquez (Equador); Doris Pegoud (Germany), assistant at ;CBC Radio International; Dorette Schaefer (Germany); Tomas Schuman (Russia); John Mezei (Hungary); Alfred Zbik (Poland), section head at CBC Radio International; Kristina Sandler (Sweden); Lars Ohman ;(Sweden), aeronautical engineer; Ted Petkoff (Macedonia), grocery store owner; "M.W." (Hungary), potter and housewife; [no name] (Germany), stockbroker; [no name] (Germany), builder; Peter C. Newman (;Czechoslovakia), editor of Macleans Magazine; Umberto Manca (Italy), broadcaster; Nuzhat Amin (Pakistan), journalist; Joseph Palumbo (Italy); Effie Altonas (Greece), secretary; "Anonymous" (Serbian, Yugoslavia), environmental control officer; Teppe O. Moilala (Finland), drafting and design supervisor; Harry Bansal (India), metallurgist; Helmut Brandstetter (Austria), designer; Mario Gini (Italy), ;building supervisor; Primo Fabio (Italy), superintendent; Giovanna Zovatto (Italy), housewife; Reino Erkkila (Finland); Eva Liigvald (Finland); Maino Mannila (Finland); Mario Silva (Portugal), storekeeper; "Anonymous" (Czechoslovakia), pediatrician; Erik Lindhardt (Denmark), merchandising; Serge Radchuk (Ukraine), lawyer; Hans Gust (Germany), businessman; Halyna Kowal (Ukraine), receptionist; Agust Aguston (Iceland), student; Roman Ivan Kowal (Ukraine), painter-sculptor; Vera Pintyi (Hungary), cleaner; Dr. V.P. Madan (India), mathematics instructor; Frantisek Fiala (Czechoslovakia), mathematics instructor.;
CALL NUMBER: T2562:0001 - 0020 [part 3] RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-1975 SUMMARY: The interviewees [in pages 345 - 455 of the transcripts] are: Meena Vadgama (Kenya), education co-ordinator; Lascelles Black (Jamaica), fine arts student; Max von Hartmann (Germany), hotelier; Ole Pii; (Denmark), pastry cook and artist-craftsman; Irene Hegi (Switzerland), dental assistant; Dr. Helmut Ruebsaat (Germany), G.P. and folk singer; Rudi Diesvelt (Netherlands), leather worker; Ruth Idso (Norway), clerk; Alex Waissbluth (Chile), jeweller; John Giannis Contogiannis (Greece), head waiter; Masaharu Takaya (Japan), floral designer; Sheila Munieza (Philippines), nurse.;

Isabel [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-08-22 SUMMARY: Came to Vancouver in November 1984 from Northern India; married in 1983, arranged by parents; just at home before that, went to college for two years, finished in 1975; supported by parents; husband was in Canada, went back to India to marry her; husband is a dishwasher in a restaurant, he came here in 1980; feelings about coming here; learning English; what she does here; unhappiness; family problems; treatment by her husband; demands for money; alcoholism and abuse; how her father- and mother-in-law treated her; left husband recently, supported by Oasis; confusion about staying or returning to India; difficulties now, not speaking English, getting around; future plans, going to England; comparison of life here and in India; came from a well-to-do family; projected problems bringing up a baby; discussion of help from Oasis; pregnancy customs in India; comparison of women's roles here and in India; can't take more classes because of the baby; reads English books; possibility of learning English in England; future plans to find work; not much contact with the outside world reasons for wanting to stay in Canada; feelings toward her husband; difficulty in getting money from him; why they got married; deception.

Jane [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1985-08-17 SUMMARY: Came from Punjab, India in 1980; was a housewife; husband working in a private company; three children came here with her, sponsored by her son; better living here than in India; she takes care of the children and grandchildren; had her own house and land in India; husband works in a factory; partnership; similarity of life here and in India; what she does here, cooking, shopping etc.; missing India and the children there -- they can't come here; what she likes about Canada; difficulty of not speaking English; classes; social life; previous job in Canada; comparison of jobs in India and Canada; older women do not work in India; why she wants to live in Canada, her children; goes to temple here; being part of Canadian culture; feelings about Canadians; comparison of women working.

Kathryn [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1985-08-26 SUMMARY: Came from the south of France in 1982; was a student, her husband is Canadian; talks about marriage and leaving France; how her lifestyle changed upon moving to Canada; social strata more strict in France, more open here; making friends, finding a job; speaking English; support from the Multicultural Association and the Francophone Society; social events, comparison here and France; father's attitudes about education and work for a woman; job at Gibson's, English improved; return to school here; attempts to find work teaching; wants to feel independent; how philosophy has changed, grown; learning English; work on cable TV program; able to approach MLAs; what she misses, going back; differences in childrearing, education; respect; male/female roles here and in France; view of women in France and Canada; how she has changed here; women's movement in France; feeling both Canadian and French; teaching/sharing her language and culture; being part of French groups here; making good friends here is difficult; friend's experiences have been different; suggestions for integrating into Canadian culture; taking courses; classes at different places; clubs and associations; English-speaking people need to be more aware; possibility of exchanging [ideas?] between immigrant and Canadian women; difficulty in going to university here.

Kunst family fonds

  • PR-2207
  • Fonds
  • 1894-2002; predominantly 1920-1970

The fonds consists of Kunst family records and contain the following: Memoir of Milton Kunst; photographs, both negatives and prints, taken or acquired by Milton Kunst and biographical information about Dr. Johan Jurriaan Kunst and his family.

Kunst (family)

Lena [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1985-08-27 SUMMARY: Came from mainland Greece near Delphi in 1960; small towns and villages in that area; she left when she was fifteen, she wanted more freedom; sister came to marry; changes in coming here; returned hom;e and decided to stay in Canada; difficulties; her will to make it work; advantages and youth; sense of freedom; children don't leave home in Greece; differences in childrearing; bringing two cultures; together; carrying old values and passing them on; sense of heritage plus freedom and openness; family life in Greece; differences in treatment of boys and girls, men and women; women in marriage; We;stern versus Greek customs; not speaking English; difficulties of immigrating; language problems; going to school and working, dishwashing and waitressing; put herself through trade school; has her ow;n business now; surprised at the government support here; not much time to socialize; cultural organizations and the Greek community; Greek customs and celebrations; advantages of cultural association;s; no more Greeks coming here; people leave Greece to better their lives; education in Greece when she left; feels cheated by her lack of education; difficulty for older people to adapt to a new count;ry; advice to newcomers; be open-minded and patient; language problem; different people are different in their priorities; programs which reach out are helpful, but people need to do it themselves; IC;A and SWAG working together.;

Myrna [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1985-08-30 SUMMARY: Came from Hong Kong in 1984; was working in a bank and a school as a secretary; meeting husband; marriage; immigration to Canada; feelings about coming to Canada; speaking English, learning English; c;lasses concentrate on grammar, not conversation; changes in life upon coming here; difficulty in finding work because she can't speak English; what she does with her time; shopping; friends; the Inter;cultural Association; feelings about living in Canada; financial situation; life in Canada and Hong Kong; language problems; becoming more Canadian; Chinese and Canadian customs; life in Hong Kong.;

Norma [pseudonym] interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1985-08-30 SUMMARY: What the Intercultural Association is, what they do; programs they have; ways they reach groups of immigrants; agencies that refer immigrants; staff; funding and staffing problems; getting worse since; 1983; 50% is through own fundraising; numbers of people served in community; learning what Canadian life is like; survival English classes; social orientation; priority needs of immigrants; employmen;t needs and goal setting; suggestions for SWAG to interact with ICA and/or immigrant women.;

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