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.

Happy Labour Day!

GVJCCA table at Nikkei Matsuri

We've been enjoying meeting up with GVJCCA members, and members of the public at our events and at festivals throughout the summer. Members like the convenience of renewing their membership in person, hearing about the recent work of the GVJCCA, and picking up a copy of our book, Honouring Our People. 

GVJCCA president Lorene Oikawa and new GVJCCA admin assistant Mitsuyo Okamoto were at the annual Nikkei Matsuri and spent some time talking about the projects we are working on.

Starting in September, Mitsuyo will be working at the GVJCCA office #249 on the second floor at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre on Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can drop by and renew your membership or buy a copy of Honouring Our People. 

You can also contact us by email gvjcca@gmail.com and by phone 604.777.5222 and via Canada Post, mail to GVJCCA 249 - 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

Thank you. 

Happy Labour Day!




Farewell and thank you to our 2017 Summer Students

Summer Students 2017

Farewell and thank you to our GVJCCA Summer Students for 2017

(l to r) Jessica Fletcher, Communications Administrator; Atieh Yekta, Event Coordinator; Joe Liao, Archival Assistant

It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming you. Thank you for your hard work, creativity, and dedication to make our annual BBQ musubi food booth and wild salmon barbecue, community booth, and all of our events and ongoing work a huge success.

Thank you, and best of luck with your studies. 


President’s Message July 2016

by Lorene Oikawa

The Asian Canadian community came out to the 20th Anniversary explorASIAN gala on June 11th to celebrate the success of this year’s Vancouver Asian Heritage Month events. The Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society which is the organization behind explorASIAN hosted a wonderful evening to honour the Japanese Canadian community. Three of the leaders in our community received special acknowledgement: Grace Eiko Thomson, and Mary and Tosh Kitagawa. They are a part of the GVJCCA family and their names are well-known to The Bulletin – Geppo readers. Thanks to Grace who curated important exhibits such as Levelling the Playing Field: Legacy of Vancouver’s Asahi Baseball Team, and is a co-founder of the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. Thanks to Mary and Tosh’s work, the Japanese Canadian UBC students who were forced to leave in 1942 finally got their degrees. These are only a few highlights of their many accomplishments.

The GVJCCA was also recognized with a Community Builder Award. I was honoured to receive the award on behalf of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association.

I posed the question, who is the GVJCCA? I pointed to the board, our human rights committee, our young leaders committee, our volunteers, our members, our supporters, and the Japanese Canadian community including many Nikkei groups we work with. We are a big extended family.

I also responded by sharing our mandate, a non-profit organization that builds communities and advocates for social justice primarily for people in Canada of Japanese heritage and their families. We were founded in 1952 and in 1958 we started publishing The Bulletin – Geppo, a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history and culture. We represent Japanese Canadians in the Metro Vancouver region and we represent the “home and heart” of Japanese Canadians because of the strong historical ties to this area. We were here when Japanese Canadians returned home.

To know us you also need to know the history of Japanese Canadians. I provided some of the highlights of Japanese Canadians in British Columbia with a reminder that not all Japanese Canadians were fishers. For example, my mother’s side of the family came from Japan in the 1800s and worked in the mines in Cumberland. From the Oikawa journal I shared the story of the 1907 anti-Asian riots. I also shared the story of the forced removal of 22,000 Japanese Canadians and their incarceration, and the confiscation of their homes, businesses, farms, land, vehicles, fishing boats, and possessions. The injustice was compounded when Japanese Canadians were not allowed to return to the west coast until April 1, 1949, four years after the war ended, and also not allowed to vote in BC until that year.

Japanese Canadian history is BC history. The GVJCCA organizes forums, workshops, conferences, walking tours, and just launched a book, Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence, to help people understand how historical injustice relates to today and the important lesson of not repeating the racist acts. We look forward to working with our community and the provincial government to gather and implement ideas about preserving and using our stories for education. We will also be taking the opportunity to engage with people during the 75th anniversary of internment in 2017.

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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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