First Japanese-Canadian to open sole law practice in B.C. faced discrimination and early hardships

Escaping the 1942 detainment of Japanese in Vancouver, BC, Thomas Hara, QC and his family fled to Kamloops, where they lived in an abandoned log cabin without water.

After enduring decades of discrimination, Hara graduated from law at the University of B.C. in the early 1960s and was the first Japanese-Canadian to open his own law practice in the province.

His success inspired his brother Glenn and son Bradley to enter law at UBC and pursue the same profession.

Click this Thomas Hara feature link to read my article in the fall 2011 issue of UBC Law Alumni magazine about this three-generation law family.

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