What’s in a name? This is a question being posed by a team of Vancouver-based community leaders and university researchers that has been actively engaged in conversations with Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents, both past and present, about their experiences of human rights in the neighbourhood.
Born in Vancouver in 1936, Ken is the eldest son of Frank Genichiro Yada and Kuniye Yada (nee Uyesugi). In 1942, following the bombing or Pearl Harbor, when Ken was six, the family relocated to the Bridge River self-supporting camp and then to Devine, BC, where they remained until the wartime restrictions were lifted.
Jodi Sam （ジョディ・サム） イラストレーター ・作家 2010年より活動拠点をバンクーバーから東京へ移し、
2013年に電子書籍『My Little Book of Happiness』をリリース。more info about Jodi Sam: www.jodisam.com
On Sunday, April 26, 2015, over 200 people gathered at Hastings Park for the unveiling of four signs commemorating the over 8,000 Japanese Canadians...
On Monday, June 15, 2015, community members gathered in the hall of the Vancouver Japanese Language School to hear an apology from the Anglican Church of Canada to all members of the Japanese Canadian Community affected by the sexual abuse perpetrated by the late Goichi Gordon Nakayama, past minister of the Anglican Church. The abuse, perpetrated primarily upon Japanese Canadians boys, spanned fifty years and affected an unknown number of victims.
In 2005, the Vancouver Asahi Team was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Medals were made for individual players but many remain unclaimed by family members. Last year’s 100th anniversary of the first Asahi team and the film Bancuba (Vancouver) no Asahi produced by Fuji TV brought much excitement and celebration of the legendary Asahi baseball team, not only locally but in Japan and Hollywood.
It is well-known that in the prewar time, Asian residents including those of Japanese origin were discriminated against as second class citizens. For example, they were not allowed to register for the voters list, as a result, they were unable to vote or be elected to public office. They were also unable to obtain a licence to practice as doctors, lawyers or pharmacists.
The Ofuro was a JCCA project for the 1977 Centennial Year, the 100th anniversary of when the first known Japanese immigrant Manzo Nagano came to Canada. An ofuro is a deep tub filled with water and kept hot with a wood-burning heater. The Japanese style of bath is for soaking only, that is, before you get into the tub, you would scrub and wash yourself until you were clean. This is all explained in an interpretative panel next to the exhibit.
Unfenced school yards and sports grounds where a ball sailing over an outfielder’s head keeps rolling on. The rule about drivers having to stop...
Not too long ago, I sat down with my grandparents for dinner. I was on my way home and I thought I would pop...
Sexual violence, like any abuse of power, only stops when we expose it and commit to effective prevention and response practices. When we say, “We take this very seriously,” survivors want to know what we will actually do to ensure no one else suffers this way. We need to share information about safe church efforts and ask what actions would further communicate our commitment to justice, making amends and preventing harm.
On May 31, 2015, the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) joined the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, Reconciliation Canada, dignitaries, public leaders and thousands of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in the Walk for Reconciliation.
For nearly a century, Yozaemon Kondo remained unidentified in the first known Vancouver Asahi team photo taken in 1915. The photo was on display at the Hikone City Hall in 2011 on the occasion of the Japanese Canadian delegation’s visit to Hikone City in Shiga Prefecture.
What kind of a country is Ireland? Generations of people migrating to North America, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere since the Potato Famine of...
by Bryan Tsuyuki Tomlinson It is with great pleasure that I announce the 2015 Japanese Canadian Young Leaders Conference (JCYLC), running August 7 to...
Actively try to create these “once in a lifetime” encounters and connect with people. You never know when the ‘one-time, one meeting’ from volunteering will lead to a full time position or lead you onto a career path you actually want.
By Lorene Oikawa It’s the J word that shocks and hurts me. I see the BC government using the racial slur to describe the...
On August 1 and 2, this year’s Powell Street Festival returns to Oppenheimer Park with its patented blend of tradition and innovation. Jazz will...