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


JAPANESE PROBLEM performance + artist talk back 
with Yoshié Bancroft + Joanna Garfinkel of Universal Limited Theatre. 
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2-3:30pm

Join us for a post-show discussion with the cast and crew. Learn about their collaborative process and behind-the-scenes work to create this immersive performance using elements of traditional theatre, storytelling, and composition.

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JAPANESE PROBLEM performance + community meet & greet 
Co-hosted by the Hastings Park Committee
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7-9pm 

Performance at 7pm
Community meet & greet from 8-9pm 

Meet the cast and crew of JAPANESE PROBLEM after the show. Also an opportunity to connect with others in the community and learn about educational projects currently taking place to preserve our living history and memory of Hastings Park. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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For event questions & inquiries, please email intern@nikkeiplace.org or call 604.777.7000 ext 113

Cost of performances is by donation. Limited space available – advance registration is required. 




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 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. 

Hastings Park 1942 & JAPANESE PROBLEM explore a collective memory that we can and must learn from so as to never repeat.

JAPANESE PROBLEM | www.japaneseproblem.ca

Hastings Park Commemoration & Education Project | hastingspark1942.ca



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