Cannery Store Feature: The Sakura Tree by Carolyn McTighe

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Store carries many books on a variety of different nautical and fishing themes. Other subjects highlighted at the Cannery Store include the rich social histories of the people who worked in the West Coast fishing industry. Japanese and Japanese-Canadians have a lengthy fishing history in Steveston. Many Japanese women first came to Canada as “picture brides” in the early 20th century. These women were chosen by Japanese men in Canada who intended to marry them. The women were selected mainly on the basis of pictures shown to the men by friends and relatives.

New to the gift shop is a book called The Sakura Tree, a story about three reluctant Japanese¬† “picture brides” who come to BC to meet their prospective husbands.

Check out the Cannery gift shop book selection, and learn more about the heritage of Japanese women in BC.

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