UBC Day of Learning

Envisioning our future at the 75th Anniversary of Japanese Canadian Internment

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, UBC will host a Day of Learning to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Japanese Canadian internment and the 5th anniversary of the UBC Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 76 Japanese Canadian students expelled in 1942.

All events listed are open to UBC alumni, students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Everyone is welcome to register for any event(s), free of charge. Register here.

Event Schedule

Please arrive 15-30 minutes in advance to visit the registration table. Thank you.

Event #1: Learning History to Resist Hate
10:00am – 11:15am
 The Performance Theatre, AMS NEST

Join community activist and leader Mary Kitagawa, Professor John Price (University of Victoria), and Professor Henry Yu (UBC History) to explore connections between the history of Japanese Canadian internment and the rise of xenophobia today. Light breakfast refreshments will be provided to registrants.

Event #2: Stories on Organizing Against Injustice
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: The Performance Theatre, AMS NEST

This afternoon workshop will encourage participants of all walks of life to share experiences regarding community activism in Vancouver. Light afternoon refreshments will be provided to registrants. 

Event #3: Law, Policy, and Exclusion: Looking at Canada’s Past and Present
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Room 106, Peter A. Allard School of Law

This 90-minute panel discussion will focus on past and present uses of the law in legitimizing exclusion. Moderated by University Ambassador, Wendy Yip, this panel will feature Peter A. Allard School of Law faculty, including Professor Ben Goold.

Event #4: Who Belongs Here? Reflecting on Canada at 150
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Panelists Dr. Pam Sugiman (Ryerson University), Dr. Linc Kesler (UBC First Nations House of Learning), and Zool Suleman (Suleman & Co) will explore past and present societal themes of xenophobia, racism and discrimination, from the removal of indigenous peoples, to the incarceration of over 21,000 Japanese Canadians in 1942, and the rise of Islamophobia today.

Event Partners

This event is presented with the support of the following units and community partners:

The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens Association (GVJCCA)
National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC)
The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration Society
UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS)
UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program (ACAM)
UBC Asian Library
UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning
UBC Ceremonies and Events
UBC Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Arts
UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
UBC Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
UBC President’s Office
UBC St. John’s College
University Ambassador, Wendy Yip
Peter A. Allard School of Law