An Evening to Remember: Community Awards Dinner 2017

Nikkei National Museum remembers the past and celebrates the present

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Nikkei Place’s Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner presented by Canadian Tire on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017! 


We recognized Kathy Shimizu for her outstanding community service, Katari Taiko for their cultural contributions, and Masako & Stan Fukawa for their history, preservation and educational work.

This evening was also a gathering to remember the 75th year since internment: a tragic chapter in Canadian history, but one through which our community has persevered and demonstrated great resilience. It was only 75 years ago that almost 22,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were Canadian citizens, were uprooted from their homes along the west coast of BC and dispersed to internment camps, road camps, or sent to work on sugar beet fields. 

Attendees had the opportunity to experience a soft opening of the Hastings Park 1942 exhibit including a sneak peak live performance of JAPANESE PROBLEM by Universal Limited Theatre. It provides an experiential, dramatic glimpse into this painful period, allowing us to revisit and learn from an injustice that must never be repeated.

The Nikkei National Museum remember those moments — the people who lived through them, and how, as a community, we not only persevered and survived, but have ultimately thrived. We are incredibly grateful for everyone’s generosity and support of Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre‘s important work.

Check out photos from the evening on our Facebook page. Also, be sure to check out the event website soon to rewatch the videos highlighting each award recipient.

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