December Report – Toronto NAJC holds its 2015 Annual General Meeting

December 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm
AGM 2015

The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC held its Annual General Meeting on December 6 at 1:00 pm at the Toronto Buddhist Church with an attendance of 20 devoted members. The meeting was chaired by Bruce Tatemichi, Vice President of the chapter, who welcomed the attendees. Bruce acknowledged the service of David Fujino, who resigned from the Board of Directors in November after serving as President for 3 years. He also acknowledged former board member Bob Tanaka who resigned earlier in the year, for his years of service to the Toronto NAJC. Next each of the remaining Board members introduced themselves to the meeting as follows: Ken Galloway is a professional videographer and is the youth liaison for the chapter; Yosh Inouye is a retired commercial photographer and active in the JC community in Toronto; Randy Sakauye is a professional engineer and manages a specialty metal company and serves as […]

Victoria, Victoria …

November 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm
Victoria, B.C. map

by David Fujino On a sunny weekend from September 25 to 27, I was in Victoria to attend the National Association of Japanese Canadians’ AGM (Annual General Meeting) where, to my surprise — beyond the full Agenda of items to discuss — I also experienced a series of personal eye-openers. It so happens that my mom, Marion Noda, was born and raised in Colwood, a suburb of Victoria, so this was my chance, however brief, to catch a glimpse of my mother’s roots in the still genteel and urbanizing city of Victoria (the capitol of British Columbia), a place “where you could smell the flowers” in each of the four seasons, as my mother used to say with a peaceful look on her face. After arriving at the Chateau Victoria hotel on September 25, I freshened up, and since I had some time to spare, I took a stroll along […]

The Second Time Around

October 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm
No-No Boy by John Okada

An opinion & Review by David Fujino Recently I read John Okada’s novel, No-No Boy, for the second time — you see, it’s been 32 years, to be exact, since I read this classic of Asian American literature, and I frankly wondered what new things it might reveal on a second reading. I’m happy to report that, while I definitely enjoyed the book again as a ‘good read,’ I was reminded that No-No Boy is essentially the story of Ichiro Yamada who refused to serve in the U.S. army when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour — and for saying ´no’, Ichiro was interned for two years and jailed for two years. That’s the simple version of Ichiro’s story as it opens with his release back into ‘civilization’ and his hometown of Seattle, Washington, at the ripe age of 25. “He was Ichiro who had said no to the judge and […]

Notice of Annual General Meeting

October 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm
AGM Sunday December 6, 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians will be held on Sunday December 6, 1 pm to 4 pm at the Toronto Buddhist Church, 1011 Sheppard Ave West, Toronto, ON. The business portion of the AGM from 1 pm will cover the financial status of the chapter, its current and future activities and the election of its 2016   Board of Directors. At 2 pm, Session #3 of the chapter’s Public Discussion series will be held on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report on the Indian Residential School Victims. Sunday December 6 at 2pm                                                                                          Truth and Reconciliation: Linking Arms with Aboriginal Peoples within Canada Kristen Manley-Casmir is Senior Policy Advisor in the Aboriginal Justice Division of the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General working to implement recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Report on the Victims of Indian Residential Schools. Kirsten’s […]

She’s Got A New Gig!

September 29, 2015 at 11:35 pm
Brenda Kamino

Moderato Cantabile @ Factory Studio Theatre August 7, 2015 by David Fujino I recently saw Brenda Kamino in the play, Moderato Cantabile, at this year’s 25th anniversary SummerWorks festival. What a (pleasure) it was to see a Nikkei actor in a role that’s usually given to an actor of European heritage. Brenda played the role of a piano teacher. Now, you might think, what’s the big deal? The race or nationality of an actor shouldn’t figure into who gets the job. Talent should be the basis of a hire, and I’d agree with you, but this is not exactly how it works in the theatre world. Put simply, actors of colour are rarely considered for leading and speaking roles in most European, American, or Canadian plays (Shakespeare, Miller, Shaw, and Ibsen, to name just a few), and if you look at film, television, or the internet, actors of colour aren’t […]

Chapter President’s Report – October 2015

September 29, 2015 at 11:11 pm
David Fujino

by David Fujino We’re back! We hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer. As we now swing into the fall, here are two public events you might find interesting and informative. Year 2015 TorontoNAJC Public Discussion Series – Session #1 “The Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians is hosting a series of  public talks this fall on topics of current interest to our membership and community. Session #1 is Surviving the Digital Tsunami: You as an Individual and Citizen. The presenters are Ray Nakano, former Director, Information Technology (IT) Ontario Government and Lan Nguyen is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Toronto. The world has gone “digital” and “online”. Today you can do almost anything on line – find and buy things, find a mate, start a business, monitor your blood pressure and diet, job hunt, organize a fund drive or a protest , […]

INTERROGATION: Lives and Times of The Kamloops Kid

September 1, 2015 at 11:34 am
INTERROGATION: Lives and Times of The Kamloops Kid

by Karri Yano and Evan Andrew Mackay The Toronto Fringe Festival @Factory Theatre Mainspace July 6, 2015, 1 pm by David Fujino This particular version of the lives and times of the Kamloops Kid clearly preoccupies the kid’s grand-niece, Karri Yano, in her recently unveiled play at this year’s 2015 Toronto Fringe. I say ‘this particular version’ because there’s other stories circulating about Kanao Inouye — in fact, a tense guy in the audience told me he’d ‘like to hear what Hong Kong vets have to say’ about the torture they endured under the Canadian-born Inouye, who first worked in Japan as a translator and then became a notorious POW (Prisoner of War) interrogator for the Japanese army during World War 2. I responded, ‘that’s fine, but we should look at the story in the play’. Somehow this seemed to stop the unreasonable demands the man was making of the […]