Hastings Park 1942: Exhibit Opening & Commemoration

Exhibit Opening and Commemoration 
September 30, 2017, 1-4pm at PNE Livestock Barn, Hastings Park
Meet across from the Hastings Racecourse (188 N. Renfrew St.)

Join us for an opening reception of Hastings Park 1942 with special speakers and light refreshments. RSVP to the exhibit opening and commemoration

Please note:
This event is happening at Hastings Park. It is not taking place at the Nikkei National Museum


Hastings Park 1942 exhibit


Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ PNE Livestock Barn

1:00-2:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies
2:00-4:00 pm – Tea, refreshments and mingling
2:15 pm – JAPANESE PROBLEM performance (SOLD OUT)
3:15 pm – JAPANESE PROBLEM performance (SOLD OUT)
4:15 pm – JAPANESE PROBLEM performance (SOLD OUT)

Opening Ceremonies

Sherri Kajiwara – Master of Ceremonies, Director-Curator of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Ann Whonnock – Welcoming, Squamish Nation

Judy Hanazawa, Hastings Park Committee

Ron Kruschen, Vice-President of Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre Board of Directors

Consulate-General Okai, Consulate-General of Japan

Councillor Kerry Jang, Vancouver City Councillor

Honourable Shane Simpson, MLA for Hastings-Sunrise

Councillor Raymond Louie, Chair of Pacific National Exhibition Board of Directors

Lorene Oikawa, President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens Association & Vice-President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians

Mary Kitagawa, Former Hastings Park internee

Yoshié Bancroft & Joanna GarfinkelUniversal Limited & Co-creators of JAPANESE PROBLEM


As a reminder for Saturday’s event, please arrive by 12:45pm, as the event will start at 1pm. More details below:

Below is a map to show you where the event will be taking place. We will be located outside of the Livestock building, across from the entrance of the Hastings Racetrack.

The parking lot and the bus loop are both a 5-10 minute walk to the Livestock building.

Map for guests

Enter from Gate 6 (off of Renfrew st) to access event parking. Guests for our event will receive complimentary parking.

Please inform parking attendants that you are here for the Nikkei National Museum’s Hastings Park commemorative event as there is paid parking in effect for guests at the racetrack.

The #16 & #210 busses will take you to the PNE Coliseum bus loop.

There is a ramp to entrance of the building. We will have chairs reserved for elders. We will be partially outdoors under a tent. Please dress for the weather.

Please share your photos with us! The exhibit hashtag is #HastingsPark1942 and Nikkei National Museum can be found on twitter @nikkeimuse and instagram @nikkeimuseum.

Performances for this event are entirely sold out. We are sorry to say that if you did not receive a personal confirmation of your specific afternoon showtime to see the performance, you do not have a spot at this show.

If you would like to see the JAPANESE PROBLEM performance, we invite you to watch the special video installation of this intimate performance in our museum gallery from now through January 2018. Gallery entrance is by donation.


In early 1942, over 8,000 Japanese Canadians were incarcerated at Hastings Park in East Vancouver before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior or to work camps across the country.  The Hastings Park 1942 exhibit is a collaboration with performance artist Yoshié Bancroft, to produce an experiential, dramatic glimpse into that tragic episode of Canada’s history.
JAPANESE PROBLEM as part of Hastings Park 1942 at Nikkei National Museum from Sept 30,2017 - Jan 13, 2018

JAPANESE PROBLEM as part of Hastings Park 1942 at Nikkei National Museum from Sept 30,2017 – Jan 13, 2018


Nikkei National Museum’s Hastings Park 1942 exhibit (September 30, 2017 – January 13, 2018) features a contemporary performance piece titled JAPANESE PROBLEM

This piece invites an audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination.

The work exists in the contemporary moment simultaneously where evidence of Hastings Park’s former tenants has been erased, where survivors are uncertain if they want their names included in a memorial, and where refugees to North America are being treated in a fashion that is terrifyingly familiar.

JAPANESE PROBLEM is a title derived from the nomenclature of WWII, but containing in it the understanding that the citizens affected at the time were neither Japanese–they were overwhelmingly legal residents/citizens of Canada, nor problematic–with zero verifiable connections to activities against Canada. 


To find out about other upcoming #HastingsPark1942 exhibit events & programming, please visit our exhibit page


JAPANESE PROBLEM | www.japaneseproblem.ca

Hastings Park Commemoration & Education Project | hastingspark1942.ca