Jordan Stanger-Ross is associate professor of history at the University of Victoria. He is a former Chair of the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity, and Transnationalism, which is affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, and founded UVIC’s Committee for Urban Studies, which initiated the interdisciplinary lecture series, The City Talks. Since founding Landscapes of Injustice, Stanger-Ross has edited a book, Witness to Loss: Race, Culpability, and Memory in the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians (McGill Queens University Press, 2017), with Pamela Sugiman, and written a number of articles, including, “Promises of Law: The Unlawful Dispossession of Japanese Canadians,” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 54, 3 (2017), with Eric Adams, and “‘My Land is worth a million dollars’: How Japanese Canadians contested their dispossession in the 1940s” Law and History Review 35, 3 (2017), with Nicholas Blomley. He has also written on the topic in popular media, including, “Remembering promises – lessons from 75th anniversary of dispossession of Japanese Canadians” Vancouver Sun, 26 March 2017, with Eric Adams (also carried in the Calgary Herald, the Edmonton Journal, and the Montreal Gazette) and “Lessons from the Japanese Canadian Internments: Policies built on fear won’t make us safer,” Globe and Mail, 19 January, 2016, with Eric Adams and Laura Madokoro. In addition to directing the project, Stanger-Ross chairs both the Land Title & Government Records and Public History Website clusters.
Michael Abe, a Nikkei Sansei (third generation) has been involved in the Japanese Canadian community in both Ontario and Victoria, maintaining close ties with Japan. He is past president of the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, serving as president for 8 terms over the last 13 years. He has been involved with the National Association of Japanese Canadians Victoria chapter and was the editor of the Victoria Nikkei Forum from 2001-16. Mike was instrumental in forming Support Japan 2011 Gambare Nippon, which brought the Japanese Canadian community and greater community in Victoria together to raise funds for the earthquake and tsunami victims. He worked in the tourism industry for over 20 years, marketing and promoting Victoria and British Columbia as a world class tourist destination and holds a B.Sc. degree from McMaster University.
The Executive Committee is comprised of the Project Director, representatives of nonacademic institutions partnered on the project, and an academic representative. Its responsibilities include: (1) overseeing the budget; (2) helping to organize project meetings; (3) approving objectives and progress milestones; (4) overseeing the training of students and postdoctoral fellows; (5) assisting publicity and outreach.
Sherri Kajiwara is currently the Director|Curator of the Nikkei National Museum and has been a fine arts professional since 1992. Her association with the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre began in 2010 when she was Acting Executive Director for 13 months. In 2012 she guest curated the Yo-In exhibit at the Nikkei National … Read More >>
Executive Committee Audrey Kobayashi has a long history of research on the Japanese Canadians and in addition to her participation in Landscapes of Injustice, she is also involved in the “Right To Remain” project that includes a number of university researchers and graduate students in partnership with community advocacy organizations… Read More >>
Executive Committee Leah Best comes to Victoria via Nelson, BC, where she spent the last ten years as executive director of Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History. Previously she worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery for several years as an assistant curator. Leah has a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Toronto and completed her Read More >>
Executive Committee Nicholas Blomley provides intellectual leadership in the theorization and analysis of property in all clusters, particularly with respect to qualitative sources. Blomley is author of four books and dozens of articles and book chapters, including Unsettling the City: Urban Land and the Politics of Property, which focuses on the Downtown Eastside, Read More >>
The Steering Committees for each phase are comprised of the chairs of the clusters, who establish goals and supervise students and postdoctoral fellows within a specialized area of research or knowledge mobilization. Steering Committee (SC) members are also responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing activity in their cluster; managing, with the Project Director, funds within the cluster; setting, with the Executive Committee, semiannual and annual milestones for progress; reporting, semiannually, toward milestones; meeting annually in-person with the team to present results to date, participate in student training, and coordinate project activity; and presenting, together with students and postdoctoral fellows, research findings. Note: The SC also includes “at large” members who play vital roles in this project but are not responsible for leading a cluster. These members represent partners connected to the Phase 2 clusters and the Japanese-Canadian community and attend committee meetings, vote on key issues, and contribute to project activities. There are also 2 representatives from the Community Council.
PHASE 2 (2018-2021) STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Laura Saimoto is a third generation Japanese Canadian living in Vancouver British Columbia Canada. She has a BA in History and Japanese (University of British Columbia) and an MA in Sociology(Sophia University, Japan). Laura is a board member of the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall. In addition to being a graduate, Read More >>
PHASE 1 (2014-2018) STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Land Title & Government Records Cluster Chair Jordan Stanger-Ross is associate professor of history at the University of Victoria. He was the founding chair of UVIC’s Committee for Urban Studies, which initiated the interdisciplinary lecture series, The City Talks. He is Chair of the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity, and Transnationalism, which is affiliated…Read More >>