John Endo Greenaway

John Endo Greenaway is a graphic designer based out of Port Moody, British Columbia. He is also the editor of The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history + culture.  

Updated August 2014

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Steveston Nikkei Memorial

Sitting at the mouth of the Fraser River, the village of Steveston, although technically part of Richmond, BC, retains a unique small town flavour. It’s a flavour that’s heavily influenced by the Japanese immigrants who before the war made up more than two-thirds of the population. Within a few square kilometres are found the Steveston Buddhist Temple, Steveston Martial Arts Centre, Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Murakami House, Kishi Boatworks, Kuno Gardens, Japanese fisherman’s statue, Japanese Hospital plaza, and T. K. Homma Elementary School, among other reminders of the key roll Japanese immigrants and their progeny played ...

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The Tashme Project: The Living Archives

When Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa first in 2009 as members of the English Theatre acting company at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, they discovered a commonality in their backgrounds as they began to compare notes. Both are mixed-race Japanese Canadians, and both their families were interned in Tashme, the western-most Internment camp, during World War Two. Out of those early conversations came The Tashme Project: The Living Archives. The self-described verbatim/documentary-theatre play traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, WWII internment and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies.

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Kayla Isomura: Packing for Unknown Journeys - Part 2

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Do you have any preconceptions walking into this project?

I certainly had some preconceptions before I even posted my first call-out, but I think the sign-up process has changed that. Prior to the first few individuals signing up, I assumed most people in my generation (or who would sign up) would be under 30. However, I’ve had individuals and families sign up aged two to 60, identifying as Yonsei and/or Gosei. I’m one of a handful of Yonsei apart of this project under the age of 25. I also assumed all participants would have ...

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Kayla Isomura: Packing for Unknown Journeys - Part 1

“CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Seeking yonsei and gosei in Greater Vancouver and Victoria regions for a photo project in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of redress.”

When Kayla Isomura ran this notice in The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history + culture and social media over the final few months of 2017 she couldn’t know what the success of the call-out would be. With a legacy of silence within the Japanese Canadian post-war community, there was no guarantee she woud receive much of a response at all. Thankfully, despite a slow initial uptake, she has ended up with a ...

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Alejandro Yoshizawa: Crossing Oceans + Cultures in All Our Father’s Relations

How you identify culturally is almost an internal dialogue with yourself. But an eye-opener for me while making All Our Father’s Relations was how invested the Canadian government was in telling the Grant siblings what their identity was.

In 1920, Hong Tim Hing left his village of Sei Moon in Guangdong, China, for Vancouver, BC, where he found work through his father on the Lin On Farm at Musqueam Indian Reserve 2. Chinese farmers had been leasing land under “buckshee leases” directly from the Musqueam people until the Department of Indian Affairs intervened circa 1906 to formalize the arrangements ...

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