On Being Yukiko book club

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Session One

Meet the authors Lillian Michiko Blakey and Jeff Chiba Stearns
November 28, 2020
1:00pm PST
Live meeting on Zoom


Session Two

Book Club Discussion facilitated by Alan Saunderson
December 5, 2020
1:00pm PST
Live meeting on Zoom


Chat on Discord

For those who cannot attend the live session, there is an opportunity to talk about the book in an online chat forum with other participants before the sessions.

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We are celebrating the release of a new graphic novel On Being Yukiko with two online live events + online discussion forum. Please join us.

In a rare collaboration between two of Canada’s most notable Japanese Canadian artists, Jeff Chiba Stearns and Lillian Michiko Blakey, comes an intergenerational story on Japanese Canadian family history and cultural identity.

Through the blending of two unique artistic styles, Jeff’s cartoony ‘hapanimation’ and Lillian’s sketchy realism, twelve-year-old Emma, who is Gosei & ‘quarter’ Japanese, learns about her Japanese roots through the story of her great-great grandmother Maki, a Japanese picture bride who journeyed to Canada at the turn of the 20th century. Through Maki’s story of extreme perseverance and sacrifice, having been interned and then deported to Japan after WWII, Emma discovers a deeper connection to her Japanese Canadian identity, on being Yukiko.

Registration is now open.

$8 plus fees and tax. NNMCC members 20% discount.

Participants will receive a special digital PDF preview copy of One Being Yukiko

Live events will not be recorded.


If you have any questions, please contact the facilitator: [email protected]