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The way of the warrior : The Japanese-Canadian Veterans of the First World War and the Russo-Japan War MacDonald, Scott


Report prepared at the request of Nikkei Nation Museum, in partial fulfilment of Geog 429: Research in Historical Geography, for Dr. David Brownstein. This report is a compilation of eight biographies of the Japanese-Canadians who fought in both WWI and the Russo-Japan war. Military records and passenger lists of ships have been collected to construct details about the soldiers’ lives prior to the first world war and afterward as well. The argument explores what it means to be a soldier in Japanese culture. This essay argues that these men display elements of the Japanese warrior code known as bushido.

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