75th Anniversary Book Launch

Please join us to celebrate recent Japanese-Canadian publications.

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Ellipse Lobby                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby BC V5E 4M7
Tel: 604.777.7000 Fax: 604.777.7001
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Guest speakers:
Jordan Stanger-Ross
Sherri Kajiwara
John Endo Greenaway
Linda Kawamoto Reid
Keiko Miyamatsu-Saunders
Ann-Lee & Gordon Switzer

Presentations followed by book signing and refreshments
Free event


Witness to Loss – Race, Culpability, and Memory in the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians                                                                                                

Edited by Jordan Stanger-Ross and Pamela Sugiman                                            

McGill-Queen’s University Press, October 2017

Witness To Loss: Race, Culpability, and Memory in the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians-New book

The Tree Trunk Can Be My Pillow – The Biography of an Outstanding Japanese Canadian

Written by Tadashi Jack Kagetsu

University of Victoria Press, November 2017

The Tree Trunk Can Be My Pillow by Jack Kagetsu-New publication

Departures; Chronicling The Expulsion of the Japanese Canadians From The West Coast 1942-1949

Written by John Endo Greenaway, Linda Kawamoto Reid, Fumiko Greenaway

Published by the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, September 2017

In 1942, over 22,000 Japanese Canadians, many of them Canadian-born or naturalized citizens, were labelled enemy aliens, forcibly rounded up, and processed through the cattle barns of Hastings Park before being shipped to road camps, internments camps in the interior of BC, sugar beet farms in Alberta and Manitoba, and POW camps in Ontario. They were not permitted to return to the west coast until 1949, three years after the war ended.

The Nikkei National Museum is pleased to announce the publication of a new book – Departures, chronicling the expulsion of the Japanese Canadians from the west coast 1942-1949.

Using archival photos, the memories of survivors, recipes from the camps, artefacts, and poetry – tanka and haiku – the book presents a multi-dimensional portrait of a people forced from their homes and scattered across a country that did not want them.

Woven through the book are the voices of the sansei and yonsei – the third and fourth generations – o­ffering echoes of those years that continue to resonate long after the last camp was closed down.

“This wonderful addition to the library of Japanese Canadian literature captures the feelings of despair and resilience of a community pulled from their homes and uprooted into prison and work camps in the BC interior and sugar beet farms on the prairies. This history is told through voices, photographs (over 100), haiku and other poems, and recipes. These are artfully woven together to tell a haunting and compelling story. A book that, once started, is impossible to put down, it is fun to read as well as being insightful and moving. It should reach a readership including, but far beyond, those of the Japanese Canadian community.” – Judge Maryka Omatsu Author of Bittersweet Passage, Redress and the Japanese Canadian Experience

New Japanese translation of
Gateway to Promise – Canada’s First Japanese Community

Written by Ann-Lee & Gordon Switzer

Originally published in English in April 2012, revised in 2017.

Translated into Japanese by team of translators lead by Keiko Miyamatsu-Saunders in 2017.

The Gateway to Promise was awarded the second place in historical writing by the BC Historical Society in 2013.

For the first time, the history of Canada’s pioneer Japanese community is recounted, beginning in the mid-1880s. Victoria, British Columbia was the “Gateway to Promise” for the Japanese immigrants. This book begins with the earliest races of Japanese presence on the Coast, then goes on to the first recorded visits of the Japanese to Victoria, and eventual settlement-in the first seven chapters. Tragically, the entire Japanese Canadian community of Victoria was exiled to the interior of B.C. in 1942, after Japan entered the Second World War with an attack on Hong Kong.

In the book’s mid-section, specific topics of that history are dealt with in more detail: the Japanese Church, the farms, sports, and more. The last section consists of memoirs of the some of the survivors: their youthful days in Victoria and their families. Here is a book which can be picked up  at any point. Do you enjoy stories about people? Read the third section. Detailed history? Choose from the Section Two. Or for an overview start with the First Section.

396 pages, over 200 historic photos, paperbound.


カナダの日系史「Gateway to Promise – Canada’s First Japanese Community (2012年初版、2017年改訂版)」の日本語版



サンダース宮松敬子 1973年よりカナダに居住。日本経済新聞社トロント支局に10年間勤務後、フリーランスとしてカナダの事象を多方面に書き続けており、トロント、バンクーバー、ビクトリアの日系関連出版物にコラムを持ち寄稿。著書に実母の22年間に及ぶカナダ移住体験を綴った「カナダ生き生き老い暮らし」(集英社)、「カナダのセクシュアル・マイノリティたち:人権を求め続けて」(教育資料出版会)、「日本人の国際結婚:カナダからの報告」(彩流社)がある。ビクトリア日系文化協会会員。

ANN-LEE SWITZER is a historian and writer with an interest in the Japanese Canadian experience; as well she has a long-standing affection for Emily Carr. In 2007 she published This and That, the Lost Stories of Emily Carr (Touchwood Editions). A regular writer for the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s Nikkei Forum, she has also contributed articles to Nikkei Images and Nikkei Voice. She and Gordon Switzer produced a booklet, Gathering Our Heritage (about seaweed harvest) in 2006. They live in Victoria, British Columbia.

GORDON SWITZER is a historian, writer and editor who grew up in Japan from the age of three. He returned to North America after attending a year at I.C.U. in Tokyo. A long-time student of Zen Buddhism, he recently published Zen Within the Tao Te Ching. He and Ann-Lee have been members of the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society since 2001. Their most recent work is Sakura in Stone: Victoria’s Japanese Legacy. Last year both of them travelled to Japan and visited Kuchinotsu, Manzo Nagano’s home town in Nagasaki prefecture, in search of early documents.

KEIKO MIYAMATSU SAUNDERS:  Immigrated to Canada in 1973.  After 10 years with the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) Toronto Bureau, branched into freelance writing. Moved to Victoria in 2014 and continued to write about Canadian social issues for publications in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Japan.  Authored a number of books and most recently oversaw the translation and publication of the Japanese version of Gateway to Promise 「希望の国カナダ・・・、夢に懸け、海を渡った移民たち」.