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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 now. Click here for the registration form and information. Deadline to register is February 16.

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 Lorene Oikawa’s Message – November 2017

It seems like winter is approaching fast with grey days and rain, and Christmas items in the stores since September. I’m not ready for Christmas, but I have put the winter tires on my car. I know the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a slightly warmer winter. However, it doesn’t mean we won’t get precipitation and snowfall. We have been experiencing extreme weather conditions with climate change. My mom would say, it’s better to be prepared and safe.

Also, if you are driving throughout the province of British Columbia from October 1 to March 31, drivers have to follow the winter tire and chain signs.
Besides preparing for winter road conditions, the GVJCCA is busy working on a few events.

Join us on Sunday, November 19, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.at the Vancouver Public Library for the GVJCCA Legacy of Redress. This free public forum will be exploring the history of the Japanese Canadian internment 75 years ago, and the connection to the injustices faced by Indigenous peoples, and the Canadian Muslim community. We will hear directly from representatives from the three communities, and then participants will have the opportunity to discuss what is happening today, and how we can work together to preserve our rights and eliminate discrimination.

On Saturday, November 25, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. we will be showing three films which share the history of Japanese Canadians and Japanese Americans. We will be hosting this free screening at Tonari Gumi. The films include the feature film, The Vancouver Asahi, and two short films, The Orange Story, and Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey.

The Vancouver Asahi is a period film, which abridges the story of the real-life Vancouver Asahi baseball team which played from 1914 to 1941, and shows how they faced racism and went on to win titles, and the respect of the broader community. This Ishii Yuya film won the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival when it had its world premiere. Thanks to Grace Eiko Thomson who is providing the access to this film.

The GVJCCA is pleased to be showing another short film The Orange Story. It’s the story about the Japanese American experience 75 years ago from the perspective of a Japanese American store owner. The GVJCCA is able to screen the film as part of the 2017 Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF).
We are also launching a GVJCCA film, Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey, which provides highlights of an event we held in Surrey this year to share the history of the Japanese Canadian pioneers in Surrey.

Please join us for the free screening of these powerful films, and we will have popcorn too.

Our month is not done. We will be commemorating Remembrance Day on November 11 at the cenotaph in Stanley Park. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Issei volunteers at Vimy Ridge. We hope to see a good turnout of the Japanese Canadian and broader community to pay respect to those who served, and their families who sacrificed.

GVJCCA, along with other members of the Hastings Park 1942 Committee, will be at a meet and greet on November 16 with the cast and crew after the performance of Japanese Problem at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. The performance allows a glimpse of what life was like for the Japanese Canadian women and children who were held at Hastings Park in 1942, before being shipped to internment camps. The committee will be there to talk about our work to preserve and share the history and stories at Hastings Park. Also, we will be discussing the development of educational resources for teachers which is a project sponsored by the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).

The work of the GVJCCA to represent the interests of the Japanese Canadian community, and to initiate and coordinate community-related activities and programs continues.

One of our recent activities is to re-establish the Anniversaries of Change network. The Anniversaries of Change is a group that came together in 2006, from community, labour, and academia to provide support, and work on issues of racism and discrimination. We organized and planned events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1907 anti-Asian riots in Vancouver, and also, the anniversaries of 1947, 1967, and 1997. Each of the years marked a watershed moment in Canada’s migrant history and connect us to the struggles today in our continued fight against discrimination. We are looking forward to building on those relationships, and working to create the welcoming, inclusive, thriving society we desire for all.

For more information, check for the Anniversaries of Change group on Facebook.

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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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