ASBGAAmerican Sugar Beet Growers Association
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Thus a common religious faith was a factor that separated pre-war Japanese and other members of the ASBGA.
Japanese-Canadian IDPS, as sugar beet farm labourers, initiated their negotiation with the ASBGA, the BCSC, and the pre-war Japanese-Canadian community based on their own sense of justice and freedom.
The ASBGA in southern Alberta saw the influx of the IDeS as a short-term phenomenon, and did not regard their welfare, human rights, and resettlement as their concern.
While the list of growers is not extensive during the war years, in 1926, seven farmers were registered as members of the ASBGA.
They blamed the ASBGA more than governments for the injustice that they experienced.
This article shows that IDPS' constant negotiations with the British Columbia Security Commission (BCSC) and the ASBGA for better economic and living conditions and their concern to retain an ethno-religious identity played significant roles in promoting the awareness of human rights among Albertan Japanese IDPS.
Locally, IDPS frequently had disputes over labour-related issues with the ASBGA, whose main concern was financial survival during the war.
42) Indeed, the serious labour shortage that sugar beet farmers were facing was well illustrated by the ASBGA when it wrote, "had it not been for the Japanese moved from British Columbia" their situation "would have been disastrous.
In addition, there were other reasons why the ASBGA did not hesitate to bring in lops.
The ASBGA in general was thus very enthusiastic about accepting Japanese labourers from British Columbia.