Discovering Japanese-Canadian Nikkei Identity & Culture – Virtual Conference

Discovering Japanese-Canadian Nikkei Identity & Culture – Virtual Conference



Japanese immigration to Canada dates back to 1877 when Manzo Nagano, a sailor from Nagasaki first set foot in British Columbia. For over a century, people of Japanese ancestry have made Canada home and have contributed to the cultural landscape of Canada. Learn about the history and heritage of Japanese-Canadian Nikkei through a unique 3-part virtual conference ‘Discovering Japanese-Canadian Nikkei Identity & Culture: Past & Present’ hosted by The University of Tokyo, UTokyo Alumni Association of Canada and Athabasca University in Alberta. The project is proudly supported by the Japan Foundation and the Calgary Japanese Community Association. Admission is free.

Host & Moderator

Dr. HENRY TSANG, Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University & President of the University of Tokyo Alumni Association of Canada – West Chapter.


Virtual Guided Tour of the Nikkei National Museum

Date & Time: August 30, 2021 at 18:00-19:30 MDT

CAROLYN NAKAGAWA, Education Program Developer, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre


Academic Webinar Forum

Date & Time: September 6, 2021 at 18:00-19:30 MDT

Dr. KIRSTEN EMIKO MCALLISTER, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Dr. HIROKO NORO, Professor, Department of Pacific & Asian Studies, University of Victoria

Dr. AUDREY KOBAYASHI, Professor, Department of Geography, Queen’s University

Links to these lectures will be available soon, check back for update.


Nikkei Storytelling

Date & Time: September 13, 2021 at 18:00-19:30 MDT

KEIKO MARY KITAGAWA, Educator & Activist




Admission is free. Pre-registration is required.