Eddie Kitagawa

Nikkei (neek-kay)

Japanese term meaning ‘of Japanese descent,’ referring to Japanese immigrants and their descendants.

Facing Racism


Because Nikkei weren’t allowed to vote, they were barred from holding public office and from many professions, including law and pharmacy. Work other than manual labour was closed to them with rare exceptions, like Asahi player Eddie Kitagawa, employed by a bank, or Hide Hyodo, the only Nikkei schoolteacher allowed in British Columbia.


Eddie Kitagawa, 1922. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.