Touched By Dispossession

As our project evolves, we have gathered stories of individual and communities that were touched by dispossession. We are grateful to the contributors and we are honoured to to share these with you.

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Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #12 The Case of Akira Namba

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #12 The Case of Akira Namba

This article in our series on the four claims highlights Claim #2: Dispossession is hard work. It comes from Isabelle D. Tupas, an undergrad at KPU and practicum student volunteering at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. Claim #2 states that the...

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #9 Preserve’d in History

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #9 Preserve’d in History

Claim series 9 Michael Abe Preserve-d In History Landscapes of Injustice Claim #1 Killing of Home Here is an entry in the series on the four claims that is food-related. The forced uprooting and dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s destroyed a...

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #8 Without a Trace

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #8 Without a Trace

In our continuing series on the Four Claims, this story follows the provenance of a small but important piano. Claim series 8 Michael Abe Without a Trace Claim #1 Killing of Home Without A Trace By Michael Abe With the invention of the incandescent light bulb in the...

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #7 The Case of George Tamaki

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #7 The Case of George Tamaki

Claim series 7 Kaitlin Findlay George Tamaki Continuing in our series of short essays relating to the four claims of Landscapes of Injustice. This essay explores claim # 3: Reasoning Wrong. In the 1940s, officials found ways to justify their actions. While racism was...

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #6 Rebuilding of Community

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #6 Rebuilding of Community

Claim #4 Dispossession is Permanent. The internment era was far too long-seven years, most of them after WWII had ended. But dispossession lasts forever. The lands, possessions, and opportunities lost can never be fully restored. Here is a submission by Project...

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #5 Examining the Sato Fonds

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #5 Examining the Sato Fonds

This article in our series on the four claims highlights Claim #2, Dispossession Required Sustained Work. It comes to us from Laura Saimoto from the Vancouver Japanese Language School, one of our partner institutions. Congratulations to the hard work to have their...

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #4 The Story of Cinderella

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #4 The Story of Cinderella

Claim series 4 Kaitlin Findlay Eiko Henmi Continuing in our series of short essays relating to the four claims of Landscapes of Injustice, this one comes from Research Coordinator, Kaitlin Findlay Claim #2: Dispossession is hard work. In Canada, the dispossession...

Landscapes of Injustice Claim series #3

Landscapes of Injustice Claim series #3

Claim series 3 Lorene Oikawa The Story of Oikawa Island Continuing with stories in our series about the four claims of the project, Lorene Oikawa relates her father's story and the community that they created on Oikawa and Sato Islands. Claim #1 is the killing of home...

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #2 The Case of Gordon Robertson

Landscapes of Injustice Claim Series #2 The Case of Gordon Robertson

Claim series 2 Josh van Es Gordon Robertson Continuing in our series of short essays relating to the four claims, this one comes from Josh van Es, an undergrad at UVic and a Landscapes of Injustice research assistant in the Narrative Website cluster. Claim #3 states...

Landscapes of Injustice Four Claims Series #1 My Aha Moment

Landscapes of Injustice Four Claims Series #1 My Aha Moment

Here is our series of articles based on the four claims of Landscapes of Injustice. Claim series 1 Jordan Stanger-Ross Vivian Rygnestad Look up! Landscapes of Injustice has a new logo. We decided to refresh our look this summer, just in time for our signature public...

The Lost Fleet Exhibit Launch Report: A Case Study

The Lost Fleet Exhibit Launch Report: A Case Study

Photo credits: James Hollko By Mike Abe It was an honour to speak at the event launch of the Lost Fleet Exhibit at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in January. The exhibit was on loan from the Vancouver Maritime Museum from Jan.-Mar., 2019. At the launch, I...

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