Museum Exhibit

Museum outputs

Broken Promises, the museum exhibit.
Grounded in research from Landscapes of Injustice, this exhibit explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. It illuminates the loss of home and the struggle for justice of one racially marginalized community. The story unfolds by following seven narrators. Learn about life for Japanese Canadians in Canada before war, the administration of their lives during and after war ends, and how legacies of dispossession continue to this day.

Curators: Sherri Kajiwara (Nikkei National Museum), Leah Best (Royal BC Museum), and Yasmin Amataranga Railton (Landscapes of Injustice Curatorial Postdoc fellow)


Video with reflections by the curators and descendants of the narrators.

Resources for the Broken Promises Museum exhibit:

iphone app for iphone
Google Play app for Android

Travel schedule (confirmed to date)

Broken Promises Museum Exhibit

Now until December 12, 2021 at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto ON

Book an appointment

Feb 1-Apr 22, 2022: Museum of Surrey, BC

May 20-Aug 14, 2022: Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC

Feb 11-Apr 23, 2023: Canadian Immigration Museum Pier 21, Halifax, NS

May 27-Sep 3, 2023: Galt Museum, Lethbridge AB

Feb 1-Apr 27, 2024: Nanaimo Museum, BC


Mini condensed traveller

Now until February, 2022 at Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum, Tashme BC

Feb 26-May 29, 2022: Touchstone Nelson, Nelson BC

June 26-September 7, 2022: Qualicum Beach Museum, BC

mid September – mid December, 2022: The Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo BC

For enquiries about booking the museum exhibits

Nichola Ogiwara
Museum Programmer
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC  V5E 4M7
T 604.777.7000 ext.109

Writing Wrongs Digital Museum Exhibit:

Project outputs have been produced to highlight an archive of over 300 letters written in protest by Japanese Canadians to the sale of their possessions without their consent.

Click for Laura Fukumoto reading a letter written by her great-grandfather Toyemon Fukumoto

and  Brent Hirose explores the content of his great-grandfather Tokuji Hirose’s letter

Click to view these and more videos in the Writing Wrongs Digital Museum Exhibit