Untold stories remembered
In early 1942 over 8,000 Japanese Canadians were detained in Hastings Park before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior or to work camps across the country. It’s a part of Japanese Canadian history that is little talked about particularly by those who experienced dispossession and removal directly. An outdoor exhibit at the original Hastings Park site at the PNE and related website on Hastings Park 1942 (www.hastingspark1942.ca) preserve the stories and images of this important history.
The interpretative panels were developed by a coalition of Japanese Canadian community groups, including the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Community Association (GVJCCA), the Nikkei National Museum & Community Centre (NNMCC), Tonari Gumi, the Powell Street Festival (PSF), and the Vancouver Japanese Language School (VJLS). Funding for this project was provided by the BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, the National Association of Japanese Canadians, the NNMCC and the JCCA.