Gambatte: Generations of Perseverance and Politics, a Memoir

Gambatte: Generations of Perseverance and Politics, a Memoir

David Tsubouchi

Language: English

Pages: 250

ISBN: 1770411313

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A revealing memoir from a former Ontario cabinet minister “Gambatte” means do your best and never give up, and that spirit is at the heart of David Tsubouchi’s life story. This memoir of the former Ontario cabinet minister begins as his family strives for acceptance amid the imprisonment of Canadians of Japanese descent and the confiscation of their property, possessions, and businesses by the Mackenzie King Liberal government in 1941. Despite growing up on the outside looking in, Tsubouchi never felt disadvantaged because he had a good family and was taught to persevere. Gambatte outlines his unusual career path from actor to dedicated law school student/lumber yard worker to politician. Tsubouchi was the first person of Japanese descent elected in Canada as a municipal politician and, as an MPP, to serve as a cabinet minister. His story also reveals an insider’s perspective of Mike Harris’s “Common Sense Revolution.”

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DAVID TSUBOUCHI GENERATIONS OF PERSEVERANCE AND POLITICS, A MEMOIR GAMBATTE GAMBATTE GENERATIONS OF PERSEVERANCE AND POLITICS, A MEMOIR DAVID TSUBOUCHI ECW Press Copyright © David Tsubouchi, 2013 Published by ECW Press 2120 Queen Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, Canada m4e 1e2 416-694-3348 / info@ecwpress.com All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any process — electronic, mechanical,

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