Category: Story Archive

Saving 439 Powell Street

It is an Italianate-style building, which was a significant structure when it was built, and was one of the first brick-clad buildings in the Powell Street area. It was home to the Uchida family whose daughter, Chitose was the first Japanese Canadian woman to attend UBC, and whose niece, Dr. Irene Uchida, became a world-renowned geneticist and was awarded the Order of Canada. It also housed a Japanese Hospital.

Are you Japanese Canadian? How do you know?

Identifying as Japanese Canadian is no longer the stigma it once was. Heck, some might even say we’re finally cool. After all, our roots go all the way back to the land of Hello Kitty, anime and sushi. What makes YOU Japanese Canadian? The Bulletin is compiling a list of the unique charactaristics that make us who we are.

Chasing the Past: The Writing of New Denver

Alan called me up to express his admiration for New Denver and to ask me to join a group of like-minded Sansei in a “rap” session to discuss issues common to Japanese Canadians – identity, racism and the internment. I did and my world opened up.

Celebrating 20 Years: the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre

June 23, 2014 officially marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC). Spearheaded in the early 1990s by the late Mrs. Chie Kamegaya, a former teacher, Kaslo internee and respected community elder, this important community project involved the collective efforts …

My Last Word on Redress

Born in a time of prosperity, I never saw my father cry but my brother did, just once. Thus that sense of betrayal, of confusion and of the absolute lack of self-esteem was planted in the ten-year-old’s mind until the day he died some 69 years later. That is the true meaning of redress: a gesture of compensation for a lifetime of hurt and shame.

An Interview with Louise Noguchi

When I compare the social status of a career in art today, being an artist (female or male) is considered a much more respectable profession than when I first started out as a visual artist. However, I’m not sure if you are questioning if the status of a female artist in relationship to a male artist has changed. If this is what you are asking, comparing artistic status is a difficult thing to measure ….

Holiday Gift Guide

Started as a knitwear company by their parents in 1978, Granted Clothing is now run by siblings Brian and Amy Hirano. Their beautifully designed, 100% wool chunky-knit sweaters are locally knitted by hand and sold internationally. Each sweater takes 10 to 15 hours to make and features branded wooden zipper pulls made of salvaged yew wood from Lasqueti Island.

Young Leaders Conference

The Young Leaders Conference sparked from a youth meeting and digital storytelling workshop that happened at last year’s National Association of Japanese Canadian (NAJC) Annual General Meeting in Kamloops, BC.