The internment of Japanese-Canadians during the second World War was one of the less noble points in Canadian history. But this post is not about guilt or shame.
Economists are increasingly aware that history matters. A recent survey by the Harvard-based Canadian economist Nathan Nunn describes how decisions made centuries ago - for example, the types of institutions set up by European colonial powers - still shape countries' economic development.
Japanese-Canadians have higher incomes and education levels than the population as a whole. Japanese-Canadians also have the highest rate of intermarriage of any ethnic group. The National Association of Japanese Canadians attributes this partly to the relatively small size of the Japanese-Canadian community, and partly to the community's scattered distribution.