Our debt to the Nisei generation

Abraham Maslow in his academic paper, “A Theory of Human Motivation”, offered his theory on human behaviour based on a ‘hierarchy of needs’ that was illustrated in the form of a pyramid. Maslow identified Physiological needs as the most basic (food, shelter), followed by Safety, Love and Belonging, Esteem and the highest need being Self-Actualization.Continue reading

Nikkei Manga-gatari

I believe that the most important aspect of teaching – once the content is mastered – is how to deliver the package of historical information in an engaging and relevant manner to high school students within a set class time. The daily half-hour drive to school was the time that I used to refine myContinue reading

President’s Message

I first heard the hauntingly iconic song, Watari Dori, in Jesse Nishihata’s documentary film (1973) of the same name. His family’s life history was the framework for the film’s exploration of Japanese Canadian internment and dispersal. Jesse’s film was an invaluable resource in my grade 10 Canadian History classes ever since I began my teachingContinue reading

President’s Message

Bathed in the afterglow of the Redress Settlement, the Toronto Chapter executive held a meeting to discuss future directions and programs. The Sansei on the executive suggested that we needed to be more supportive of First Nations land claims. A Nisei member questioned, “What does it have to do with us?” We were taken abackContinue reading

President’s Message

Year of the Snake As we begin to bid adieu to the year of the Dragon, I would like to wish you and your family good health and happiness in the Year of the Snake. January is the time for new beginnings and is also a time for us to contemplate the life lessons andContinue reading

December 2012

A museum is a repository of our past and holds precious artifacts that must be preserved, stored and displayed under the highest of standards. A museum is a major financial undertaking and requires a guaranteed annual budget and a host of qualified full time staff led by an inspired curator.

November 2012

It is my belief that many of us involved in the struggle for Redress never expected success. The War Measures Act gave the government of the day, sweeping legal powers to seize, sell private property and to intern Japanese Canadians. The Liberal and Conservative governments were content to keep Japanese Canadian Redress an ‘ethnic’ issue and not until the NAJC changed strategy to make the internment of Japanese Canadians an inclusive issue around justice and human rights did they expand the base of support from the larger Canadian community.

October 2012

Although Regina is our newest member, the Club has been active in the area since the early 1920s when it began life as a Japanese Men’s Club. The challenges facing all Nikkei communities scattered across Canada are identical to those facing the RJCC.

September 2012

Kamloops AGM On the weekend of September 15th, delegates to the NAJC annual general meeting will gather in Kamloops, British Columbia. On behalf of the NAJC, I wish to thank and recognize the hard work of the Kamloops NAJC and the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – co-chairs Betty Inouye and George Uyeda – inContinue reading

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