The Suitcase Project Community Talk by Kirsten Emiko McAllister

The community talk/workshop series is funded by the Salt Spring Foundation.

Community Talk
June 23rd (Fri) at the Library’s Program Room
Open 6 pm for exhibition browsing (refreshments available)
The talk starts at 7 pm

Speaker: Kirsten Emiko McAllister, Ph.D., Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University

Emiko McAllister will discuss the Japanese Canadian internment, dispossession, dispersal and the role of art in rebuilding the Japanese Canadian Community. She will also examine our responsibilities to Indigenous Nations and the other groups currently experiencing hardship and how the community’s larger pursuit of social justice urges us to look beyond our own experiences of persecution.   

The talk will offer an opportunity to acknowledge the painful memories of Japanese Canadians and the contentious history of British Columbia, allowing us to see the landscape in which we live with different eyes.

Together with The Suitcase Project by Kayla Isomura, the local Japanese Canadians’ history in photographs is also on display. The exhibition will be on until July 7th at the Library’s Program Room.