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September President’s Message

Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement 20th Anniversary Celebration Website:  http://redressanniversary.najc.ca/redress/conference.html Q:  What is the most important date in the history of Canadians of Japanese origin? A:  September 22, 1988, of course. This is the date on which the process of renewal began for all Japanese Canadians.  For the first time in our history, we felt enabledContinue reading

President’s Message July

In The Triumph of Citizenship. The Japanese and Chinese in Canada, 1941-67 (UBC Press, 2007), historian Patricia E. Roy describes the Government action in 1942 as evacuation (evacuate: remove people from a place of danger, Oxford), due to “fear that frightened and angry white British Columbians might violently attack Japanese Canadians and their property.”  SheContinue reading

President’s Message June

During the last week of April, I attended the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Award of Excellence Symposium, held in Calgary.  “What is Canadian Racism?” was the main theme, which engaged in a critical analysis of a distinct manifestation of racism, through diverse workshops focusing on policy, education, and training, toward better understanding of racism inContinue reading

President’s Message, May 2008

How to celebrate? With poetry, dance, stories, laughter, tears, and resolutions, or simply a glass of champagne! When the Redress Agreement was signed on September 22, 1988, outbursts of various expressions (even tanka verses) of extreme delight and relief were recorded, particularly in Justice in our Time (1991), by Cassandra Kobayashi and Roy Miki, andContinue reading

Redress Anniversary Website Up and Running

To help facilitate the upcoming 20th Anniversary celebrations of the Redress Agreement (September 22, 1988- September 22, 2008), a new site has been set up where one can find out more information and register for the conference. Please visit us at http://redressanniversary.najc.ca/redress.

President’s Message April

I mentioned earlier that Oppenheimer Park, known as Powell Street Grounds (or remembered as Paueru Groundo by people like my parents, who as immigrants settled in this area), is currently being re-designed for more effective use by this Downtown East Side community. I noticed last week that several new cherry trees were recently planted atContinue reading

February Message

I was, to say the least, shocked to open the newspaper recently to find that Val Ross, journalist and author, had passed away. I had spoken with her at least a couple of times last year when she was good enough to contact me regarding our concerns about the Canadian War Museum’s exhibition panel relatingContinue reading

January Message

I’m sure you have all made great New Year’s Resolutions, and some of you have already broken them, just as I do every year. But I made several again this year, including getting back to my first love of making art, and writing, and traveling for fun. Of course, I know these are just wishfulContinue reading

Kamloops Fire News

A MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS As you have no doubt seen and heard in the local media, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre sustained considerable damage due to a structure fire that occurred shortly after 1:00 PM on Monday, February 4, 2008. Many of you personally witnessed in shock and disbelief as the inferno sent plumesContinue reading

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