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Canadian Samurai: A One Man's Battle for Acceptance by Russ Crawford is the story of Masumi Mitsui, an immigrant to Canada, who went there with a lot of dreams and wishing for new beginnings. The book chronicles the hardships he undergoes while trying to get accepted and respected in Canada where immigrants were not treated too well and where the Japanese and Chinese who looked different were treated as trespassers and as unwanted immigrants. Masumi Mitsui came from a good family that had a history of leadership and his grandfather was one of the last samurai warriors who served the Japanese Emperor in the 1800s. The book also captures how Masumi tried to take care of his family living in Canada and make their life there better. The author throws light on the plight of immigrants and the difficulties they underwent in Canada, and about the racism and cultural intolerances that existed during that time.
The book is honest and raw and gives readers glimpses of the experiences of Asian immigrants to Canada where they were subjected to hatred, insults, and rejection. The strength of Masumi and his dignity and character shine through this memoir as he continued to follow his culture and traditions yet was determined to become a Canadian citizen. The book will make readers ponder about racism, cultural differences, and skin color. Masumi is palpable to readers as they read this biography and his real-life situations and experiences give insights into a country that was not ready to accept immigrants. Masumi Mitsui represents the best and worst of immigration and his persistence to survive in a country that showed no respect for him is commendable.