Ann Sunahara

Region: Ottawa Ontario


Ann Gomer Sunahara is a legal scholar and author of the The Politics of Racism: The Uprooting of Japanese Canadians During the Second World War. Published in 1981, The Politics of Racism examined federal government records of the Japanese Canadian internment which had only recently been declassified at the time of Sunahara’s research.

It is widely credited for proving that the government’s actions towards Japanese Canadians during the war were motivated not by concerns for national security or for Japanese Canadians’ own safety, but by racism: this became important support for the case for Redress.

The Politics of Racism can be downloaded or read online HERE.

Photo: Anne and David Sunahara. Alan Dean Photography Ottawa.