From Issei to Sansei: The History of My Grandfather’s Life (2008)
by Alejandro Yoshizawa
Originally intended as a short film for History 485, From Issei to Sansei: The History of My Grandfather’s Life became over an hour long intimate portrayal retracing the life of filmaker Alejandro Yoshizawa’s grandfather, Hiroshi (Jim) Yoshizawa (1916-1998). The film seeks to better understand what life was like as a Japanese Canadian; from immigration to Canada, life before World War II, during the War, and beyond. The film moves chronologically through the life of Hiroshi Yoshizawa, while also providing an important historical context, as told through images and interviews with family members today.