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The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) is a non-profit organization that builds communities, and advocates for social justice primarily for people in Canada of Japanese heritage, and their families. The GVJCCA is the publisher of The Bulletin/Geppo, a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.


Join us for a fun afternoon of bowling at our 4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, February 25.

 

Register by February 2nd for the early bird pricing. Click here for the registration form and information.

GVJCCA Bowl-a-thon 2017

Fun at GVJCCA 2017 Bowl-a-thon

 

GVJCCA 2018 Photo Contest

The Bulletin / Geppo around the World in 2018!

Take your copy of The Bulletin / Geppo with you on your travels and snap a photo of you and The Bulletin / Geppo. See below for the sample photo of the GVJCCA prez when she was in Japan. We'll publish some of our favourites during the year and one lucky person will win a prize for our favourite photo. Photos must be taken from January 1, 2018 to December 10, 2018, and must include and clearly show The Bulletin / Geppo. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) December 10, 2018. 

Click here for the fine print 

Happy New Year! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!

On behalf of the GVJCCA Board, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

We hope you are enjoying your time with family and loved ones, and have the opportunity to sample the traditional foods associated with New Year's.

Osechi Ryori

 

Toshikoshi

 

Inari Sushi

Wrapping up 2017 and looking forward to 2018!

 

Legacy of Redress 2017 Photo by Ali Bordbar

 

GVJCCA CLiFF 2017 Film Festival

 

GVJCCA Prez loves musubi and wild salmon!

 

Free films & popcorn too!

GVJCCA 2017 Film Festival

Join us for free film and popcorn on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 101 - 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver. We will be screening three movies, The Vancouver Asahi, The Orange Story, and Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey.

More information here and on our Facebook page here.

 

Honour. Remember. Respect.

Remembrance Day 2017 at the Japanese Canadian cenotaph in Stanley Park

The rain stopped. The large crowd at the Japanese Canadian cenotaph in Stanley Park gathered to pay their respects to the Japanese Canadians who served Canada starting with World War One. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge during World War One. 

Remembering the Japanese Canadians who served Canada since World War One.

Sharing the images and stories of the Japanese Canadians who served Canada.

Photos: Lorene Oikawa

More photos posted on our Facebook page here.

Remembering the 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students

Families of 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students and one 1942 student. GVJCCA President Lorene Oikawa (red jacket) representing her Uncle Ted Harada.

Photo: Gilbert Akham

It is the 5th anniversary of the Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC students who were expelled in 1942. It's also the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Canadians. UBC hosted a Day of Learning where we remembered the students, discussed how we may learn and never repeat the injustice. Also, a revised yearbook, A Degree of Justice, for the 1942 students was launched.GVJCCA is pleased to have provided support. Thank you to the initiative of Tosh and Mary Kitagawa who spearheaded the campaign to have the students honoured.

 

 

Photos: Lorene Oikawa

1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students Yearbook, A Degree of Justice 

Mary Kitagawa and how she started the campaign to honour the 1942 UBC Students.

More photos posted on our Facebook page here.

Giving Thanks to Our Wonderful GVJCCA Volunteers!

GVJCCA Volunteers at Appreciation Party

We had a fun luncheon with some of our Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association volunteers. We enjoyed good conversations, delicious food, and prizes. Our volunteers are such caring, dedicated people. Some have been our volunteers for years, coming back to help every year with our initiatives such as our annual salmon BBQ. Our volunteers help us so we can continue our important work for the community.We are giving thanks this weekend including a BIG thank you to our volunteers!

Thank you Shag Ando for the delicious salmon!

Some of our wonderful JCCA volunteers!

Delectable desserts following a scrumptious lunch.

Sushi for JCCA Volunteers

Karaage Chicken for JCCA Volunteers

If you're interested in developing your skills, supporting the important work of the GVJCCA, and learning more about the Japanese Canadian community, consider volunteering with us. For more information, contact us by email gvjcca@gmail.com or by phone 604.777.5222. Send us your resume and a letter outlining your experience, skills, and why you're interested in volunteering with us. Send your information "Attention: Lorene Oikawa, President" to gvjcca@gmail.com or by Canada Post, mail to GVJCCA 249 - 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

Thank you. 


President’s Message November 2016

I was putting the first tray of lemon meringue tarts into the oven when I glanced at my phone. There was a voice mail message. I checked it and it was from April Shimizu, one of the GVJCCA Board Directors. April is the amazing organizer of our volunteer appreciation party. Her message said that the power was out at Nikkei Centre, the location of our party. After a few text messages back and forth, we determined the party was going ahead.

Thankfully the BC storm did not knock out my power and I was able to complete my baking and then make my way to the party. The drive from Surrey to Burnaby wasn’t bad except for a few traffic lights which were out and I had to do some quick manoeuvering to get around some trees and other items blown by the wind onto the road. I can’t complain, because earlier in the day it took me over two hours to drive from Surrey to Vancouver.

When I got to Nikkei Centre, the garage and the building, and even the seniors’ home next door were in darkness. Our volunteer appreciation dinner was shifted to take place in the lobby. Tables and chairs were arranged. One of the volunteers, Carol Yamamoto, had bought some candles and supplies, and arranged the candles on each table. We appreciate Carol’s help. April had picked up the food, a delicious combination of sushi, karaage chicken, chow mein, calamari, sweet and sour, and other popular dishes. The GVJCCA board of directors contributed some desserts including manju, and I brought three dozen lemon meringue tarts. One of our long time salmon barbeque volunteers, Kathy Mukuyama, brought a delicious home-made chocolate cake.

We enjoyed some wonderful food and shared lots of laughs. We passed around a few borrowed flashlights and used the light on our smartphones to get around. Despite the lack of light, there was an abundance of good spirited conversations, and we felt the warmth wrap around us, just like a large family get together. It was a night we won’t forget. Thank you to all those who were able to get to us during the storm, and to all of our volunteers. We can’t do it without you.

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  • GVJCCA 2018 Photo Contest

    The Bulletin / Geppo around the World in 2018! Take your copy of The Bulletin / Geppo with you on your travels and snap a photo of you and The Bulletin / Geppo. See below for the sample photo of the GVJCCA prez when she was in Japan. We’ll publish Read more →

  • 4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on February 25, 2018
    4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on February 25, 2018

    Join us at the 4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, February 25, 2018. The Bowl-a-thon is a fundraiser, and it’s also an opportunity for members of the Japanese Canadian community and other communities and families and friends to come together and have some fun. We are raising funds to Read more →

  • GVJCCA Film Festival
    GVJCCA Film Festival

    Please join us for the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association Film Festival. Saturday, November 25 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 42 W 8th Ave #101, Vancouver (Tonari Gumi) We will be showing three films which share the history of Japanese Canadians and Japanese Americans. The films include the feature Read more →

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Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence

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Publishing monthly since 1958, The Bulletin/Geppo is a bilingual English/Japanese journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.  EXPLORE


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The GVJCCA Human Rights Committee works with and supports the Japanese Canadian community, other human rights groups, and ethno-cultural organizations to promote human rights, and combat racism and discrimination, locally and internationally.  EXPLORE


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This bilingual Japanese/English Human Rights Guide is an online resource for those with questions surrounding rights and freedoms in Canada. EXPLORE


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