by Lorene Oikawa
Long summer days mean feasting on the local crops of fruit and vegetables. I’ve been enjoying blueberries and am hoping to get out to a local farm for some blackberries, sweet corn, and maybe some late strawberries. It’s also about this time of year when I start to experience intense cravings for fresh grilled, wild, salmon and musubi (grilled SPAM – fried pork with soy sauce and honey that tastes a little sweet and salty on top of rice, and wrapped with nori. Isn’t your mouth watering?). I hope you get a chance to try our comfort food at our annual GVJCCA wild salmon barbeque and food booth at Powell Street Festival on July 30 and 31. If you drop by to say hi at our food booth and our community booth, my apologies if you catch me with my mouth full. Mmmmm…
Thank you for supporting us at our wild salmon barbeque. It’s a major fundraiser for us, and we can’t thank you enough, and to all of our amazing volunteers and donors. Eat great food and support the work of the GVJCCA. It’s a wonderful way to spend a couple days of
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Powell Street Festival and congratulations to the Powell Street Festival Society for their longevity and organizing an event that celebrates our Japanese Canadian culture and history in the area. It’s important to know and remember the history of our Japanese Canadian community. It’s about respecting previous generations, and understanding the true history of our country, and it’s also about the relevance to today’s society.
As one of my colleagues was leaving work for the day, she said she was almost afraid to watch the news tonight, wondering if there would be more events highlighting the hate and violence in the world. One thing that links so many of the events is the hate targeting people based on discrimination and racism. Also, the response to the events is very disturbing. Violence does not stop the violence.
Japanese Canadians continue to be shocked to see the constant targeting of Muslims, who are labelled terrorists just as Japanese Canadians were once labelled enemy aliens. I have had quite a few conversations about the work of the GVJCCA and the history of the incarceration of Japanese Canadians. What is missing in our society are the lessons of history.
The British Columbia Ministry of International Trade and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations recently announced that they “are seeking nominations from the public for historic places in British Columbia that they believe are significant or important to the history and development of the Japanese community in B.C. From the sites nominated a selection of historic places will be officially recognized by the Government of British Columbia and placed on both the B.C. Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places (www.historicplaces.ca).”
We encourage members of the Japanese Canadian community to make sure their voice is being heard and to nominate a place that is significant to our community. Japanese Canadians have been a part of British Columbia since the 1800s and our history is part of the history of this province and must be recognized.
The deadline for nominations is September 9, 2016, and you must complete the online form to nominate a place.
It’s a step forward and there is more work to be done.