Salmon and Canadians
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In a small village called Mio-mura in southern Japan, a man sets
off on a journey to Canada - not knowing that he would have a huge
role in what would become "Amerika-mura."
Gihei Kuno, known as the "father of Canadian emigrants",
visited Steveston, B.C. in 1888. He was in awe of the prosperity
of the Steveston fisheries and sent the news of opportunity to his
fellow villagers back home in Mio-mura. A large number of young
men emigrated and became fishermen in Steveston, sending money back
to their families in Japan. By 1911, there were 649 people (473
men, 176 women) from Mio-mura in the Steveston area. Mio-mura was
forever changed. It became a prosperous town and western influences
could be seen in the village houses, built by some of the fishermen
Today, Mio-mura has around 900 villagers, while more than 4,000
Mio-mura immigrants and their descendants are in Canada - making
about 10% of Japanese Canadians.