By Masako & Stanley Fukawa
Thursday, October 4, 7pm
A talk based on two acclaimed publications: Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast, Their Biographies and Photographs (Honorable Mention by the BC Historical Federation for historical writing in 2007) and Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: BC’s Japanese Canadian Fishermen (2010 Canada-Japan Literary Award, 2nd place in the B.C. Historical Federation for historical writing in 2009 and a finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award 2009). After 30 years of teaching, Masako Fukawa retired from school administration to focus on researching and writing about the experiences of Japanese Canadians. She has developed educational materials including resource books for teachers to use in their classrooms. Her most recent work is Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment for young readers. Stanley Fukawa has taught in Japan, England and in Canada. A certified Japanese to English translator, he sees a role for bilingual historians to bring to light the struggles of first- and second-generation immigrants whose contributions can be easily overlooked in the absence of materials not readily available in English. He is also on the editorial committee of Nikkei Images.