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

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