Landscapes of Injustice (LoI) and the Vancouver Public Library are pleased to present the “Memories of Internment and Dispossession” panel discussion series.
Three members of the Japanese-Canadian community will tell their stories and experiences living in Vancouver before WWII and the effect that internment and the dispossession and forced sale of their property had on their lives afterwards.
This is a special opportunity to hear the first-hand experiences of a troubled chapter in Canadian history. Community elders Sam Yamamoto, Jean Kamimura, and Mary Kitagawa will speak on a panel moderated by LoI Community Council chair Vivian Rygnestad and Project Manager Michael Abe. Their remarkable and powerful stories will be interwoven into a broader historical account of the war-time years.
This event is an opportunity to remember and learn the lessons of Japanese-Canadian resilience, connect with the Vancouver community, and communicate this history to a broader audience. It is an important time to remember the ramifications of policies based on fear.
Following the panel discussion we will hold a poster session to highlight recent Landscapes of Injustice research findings and initiatives. Research assistants will be available to discuss their latest research which will include the forced-sale of Eikichi Kagetsu’s logging empire on Vancouver Island, the transformation of the Powell Street neighborhood, and an analysis of the seizure and sale of Japanese Canadians’ fishing vessels.
Members of the research collective involved in the poster session include Dr. Nicholas Blomley, Dr. Eiji Okawa, RAs Kaitlin Findlay, Anna Gooding, Nicole Yakashiro, Lane McGarrity and Rebeca Salas.
Free and open to the public.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Special Collections Room 7th Level