Mary Shinko Kato (1922-2018)

The faculty, staff and students of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program are deeply saddened by the passing of Mary Shinko Kato (née Nagata) on May 1, 2018. Ms. Kato was one of the 76 Japanese Canadian students forcibly removed in 1942. Along with her sister Ruth, Ms. Kato was  featured in the film “A Degree of Justice,” which was produced for 2012 convocation at UBC for the Japanese Canadian students of 1942. Ms. Kato and her sister’s interview describes some of their experiences following the events of 1942. We are grateful for her generosity in sharing her stories so that the injustices of the past would never be forgotten.


Ms. Kato’s biography can be found in the Degree of Justice Yearbook:



ACAM would like to extend our sincere condolences to Ms. Kato’s family and friends. She is deeply missed.