JAPANESE PROBLEM at Nikkei National Museum

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Performances on Sunday October 15 & Thursday November 16.
Hourly screenings on Tuesday-Sunday, 11-5pm

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

In 1942, over 8,000 Canadians were detained in barns at Hastings Park...

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. 

JAPANESE PROBLEM 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 piece exists in the contemporary moment simultaneously, where evidence of Hastings Parks’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.




The Nikkei National Museum's Hastings Park 1942 exhibit features a special video installation of Universal Limited's JAPANESE PROBLEM on a re-created stall from Hastings Park. 

Nurse behind curtina




JAPANESE PROBLEM will be screened hourly at the Nikkei National Museum
Tuesday-Sunday, 11-5pm.  Entrance to the gallery is by donation. 

This installation will run from September 30, 2017 to January 14, 2018.  


Georgia Straight: Theatre review by Kathleen Oliver |  September 25, 2017
Japanese Problem is site-specific theatre at its most powerful

CBC News Article by Tamara Baluja | September 21, 2017 
'The history is not safely in the past': play explores wartime Japanese detainment

Globe and Mail article by Marsha Lederman | October 10, 2017
'In Vancouver, two new works of theatre examine the ‘Japanese Problem’ 75 years later'




Live Performances of JAPANESE PROBLEM

JAPANESE PROBLEM performance + artist talk back 

with Yoshié Bancroft + Joanna Garfinkel of Universal Limited Theatre. 
Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00pm - Performance 
2:00pm - Performance
3:00pm - Artist talk back 

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.

Tickets for 1:00pm: http://bit.ly/2xZDVZ5
Tickets for 2:00pm are now sold out.
Join the waitlist through Eventbrite


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

6:00pm - Performance 
7:00pm - Performance
8-9pm - Community meet & greet with Hastings Park committee

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. 

Tickets for 6:00pm: http://bit.ly/2xZDVZ5
Tickets for 7:00pm are now sold out.
Join the waitlist through Eventbrite


For event questions & inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 604.777.7000 ext 113

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






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

Join the conversation at #HastingsPark1942