July 2019-July 2020
literal translation: of Japanese ancestry
definition: anyone with one or more ancestors from Japan, and/or anyone who self-identifies as Nikkei (XI COPANI Eleventh Pan-American Nikkei Conference 2001).
The term Nikkei originated in Japan during the Meiji imperial restoration, beginning in 1868, to identify Japanese immigrants and their descendants residing in foreign countries. Today, it is widely used within the Japanese diaspora worldwide but often requires explanation outside of Japan where the label is most relevant.
More than 25 individual and family stories, accompanied by rare and previously inaccessible personal belongings from the community, give evidence to lived experience of Nikkei in Canada. Discover unique stories of arrival, heroism in the face of racism, the resilience of community, and the experience of generations through the intersections of migration, racism, identity, and belonging.
The core exhibit promises, over time, to rotate through a repository of over 30,000 photographs, 35 metres of textual records, 500 oral history recordings, 100 film reels, and over 2500 artefacts and artworks, which continues to grow with the tireless efforts of our archive and collections team.
Saturday July 20, 2019
1:30 – 5pm
*On July 20th everyone is welcome as our guest.
Please consider becoming a NNMCC member for future free access to the gallery, complimentary admission to NNMCC events, and discounts in the museum shop.
2019 Exhibit Programs
July 20 Opening of Charles H. Kadota Resource Centre from noon
July 20 Opening of new Karasawa exhibit space from 1:30pm
Aug 24 Film screening: The Vancouver Asahi (2014)
Aug 31/Sept 1 Gallery tours during Nikkei Matsuri
Oct 8 – 11 Alberta Sugar Beets Bus Tour
Oct 17 – Nov 2 Hold These Truths, Cultch Historic Theatre
Directed by Lisa Rothe, starring Joel de la Fuente, exec produced by Tamlyn Tomita
Nov 23 Block Print Making Workshop
Dec 14 Nikkei Holiday Boutique
Feb 8 Nikke Mubi: Japanese Canadian Home Movies from the 1930s-70s
Feb 15 Tsunagu Intergenrational Conversations
March 14 Hapas, Hafus and the future of Japanese Canadian Identity
April 9 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Centennial of Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park
April 25 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Preserving Nikkei Family Photographs Workshop
May 24 ONLINE MAY 9-17, TALK MAY 16
Film screening: The Wound and The Gift with director Linda Hoaglund
The Wound and The Gift is a film about the animal rescue inspired by ancient Japanese fable about a wounded crane, saved by peasants, that attempts to express her gratitude with a gift. The fable is illustrated by Victo Ngai. The film is suitable for viewers of all ages. (83 minutes)
June 6 Genealogy Workshop
We are hosting Family History : One-on-One sessions.
July 13-17 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Internment Bus Tour 2020
*Program is subject to change. Please check back for details and updates.