Saturday, March 9, 2019

10:00-12:00 pm

David Lam Auditorium and Lobby

MacLaurin Building A144, University of Victoria

Free and open to the public

Click here to watch the 3 minute promotional video

Seven decades ago, riotous Victorians destroyed the country’s first Japanese garden and teahouse. Today, University of Victoria researchers are working with a local community group to address this wrong. Will Victorians confront their history of racism and restore a local landmark?

This session reports on new research revealing the complicity of everyday Canadians, including Victorians, in the unlawful dispossession of Japanese-Canadians in the 1940s. Using a local case study, the presentation challenges audiences to consider the roles of ordinary people in injustice. The presentation will be followed by Q & A and a stylized re-creation of the tea house past and present, in association with a local Japanese-Canadian community organization. Research assistants will also be on hand to give a sneak peek at the elementary school curricula and upcoming travelling museum exhibit and more.

This event is part of IdeaFest at the University of Victoria.