Student Discovers Personal Links in the Nikkei National Museum

Mariko Kazuta is exploring a new career and learning about her own cultural heritage and was one of the museum’s four summer students. Funded by the Young Canada Works in Heritage Program, Mariko is gaining valuable work experience as she pursues her degree in archival studies at UBC.

Mariko is contributing to the digitization of historical internment photographs, a project which has been partly funded by the Barber Learning Centre at UBC. While adding photographs to the archive, she gleefully found her grandparents in a 1954 JCCA picnic portrait and a collection of photographs from Tashme, including the photo above. Her grandfather, George Kiyoso Kazuta, is the one standing behind the crates, second from the right, wearing a toque.


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