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




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 – October 2017

The rain has arrived, and there is a chill in the morning. Now, we start the transition from summer to fall. It’s also the time for giving thanks. I am thankful for the love of family, and cherish the time I had with those who are gone. The good memories are what will comfort us, and a reminder to enjoy the time you have now, and with family and friends.
I am also thankful for all of our volunteers who appear every year, and to new folks too, who help us with our events and initiatives. We appreciate their hard work. This year at the Wild Salmon Barbeque and SPAM Musubi booth, they had to keep up with the huge demand, and we sold out around 4pm on Sunday. Everyone seemed to be following the come early, come often mantra.
We give thanks for all of our members, donors, and supporters. You help us keep going, with inspiration, and the financial means to continue publishing The Bulletin – Geppo magazine, and continue our leadership role to follow up on issues of concern to the community, and speak out for the community, and to take on the political role when necessary. We are also dedicated to working to preserve the stories of our families, our communities, and to protect the integrity of community projects and the work of Japanese Canadians.
The GVJCCA’s work is also supported by our National Association, and we are thankful to the NAJC for the connection to Japanese Canadian communities across Canada. We met in September at the Annual General Meeting and Conference in Ottawa. We commemorated the 75th Anniversary of Internment / Incarceration of Japanese Canadians. One of the special guest presenters Dr. John Price, University of Victoria, is a respected scholar and social activist. He talked about his working paper, Seventy Five Years is Long Enough. We discussed the unilateral apology delivered by the Government of British Columbia inside the Legislature on May 7, 2012 which did not acknowledge the fact that the provincial government instigated the incarceration and the subsequent diaspora of the Japanese Canadian community. Dr. Price’s paper is posted on the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives Migration and Mobility Program website, and can be found here: https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/capi/assets/docs/MMP_Price_Working_Paper_v2.pdf
We are also thankful to be able to have opportunities to work with the community and organize events and support initiatives.
Save the following dates/events in your calendar. More information including special guests will be posted at the gvjcca.org website soon.

The GVJCCA will be hosting a free public forum on the Legacy of Redress at the Vancouver Public Library on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2 p.m.
22,000 Canadians of Japanese ancestry were labelled enemy aliens and forcibly removed from the B.C. coast in 1942. With rumours and fear mongering, the federal government used the War Measures Act to unjustly incarcerate Japanese Canadians and take their property including land, businesses, vehicles, fishing boats, and personal property. In 1988, the federal government apologized. It could never happen again. Or could it?

Join an interactive discussion about the historical injustice that happened 75 years ago, and how other communities are facing a fight for their rights today. More information will be posted at gvjcca.org

A free film screening will be hosted by the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. The first film is The Orange Story, a short film from the 2017 Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF). The film is a drama about the Japanese American experience 75 years ago and the story of one Japanese American store owner. Our second film is a short documentary of the GVJCCA event held earlier this year, called Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey. If you are a subscriber to The Bulletin – Geppo, then you will have seen our monthly stories about Japanese Canadian pioneers, part of the research, emanating from our project. Did you know: “By the late 1930s, there were more than 45 Japanese Canadian families with farms in the [Strawberry Hill – Surrey] area owning a total of more than 245 acres of land. In 2017, Strawberry Hill was one of 56 sites officially recognized by Heritage BC’s Japanese Canadian Historic Places Project and listed on the BC Register of Historic Places.” Thanks to Grace Eiko Thomson, we are pleased to be showing as our third film, The Vancouver Asahi, which is a period drama about the Vancouver Asahi baseball team and how they faced racism and persevered to win multiple league titles. They also won the respect of those outside of the Japanese Canadian community. In 2003, the real-life Vancouver Asahi baseball players were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and then in 2005, the BC Sports Hall of Fame. I have a personal connection, my grandfather was a pitcher for the Vancouver Asahi.
I hope we will see you at one or both events. It’s a thank you to our ancestors for their resiliency, remembering 75 years ago, and it’s also part of our important work to ensure that people know the stories of our Japanese Canadian communities, and that the injustices are not repeated.
Last but not least, special thanks to the GVJCCA Board who are also volunteers, our human rights committee, our editors, translators, and everyone who works to produce and deliver the Bulletin Geppo, and our past summer students, and our new admin assistant. It’s truly a team effort and for that I am very thankful.

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