Frank Kamiya

Frank Kamiya became involved in the Japanese Canadian community in the early 1980s, when his children were entering their teens, to keep himself and his family connected to their heritage. Since then, he has taken a strong interest in preserving Nikkei history. He is a board member for the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby, B.C., which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. In the future, Frank looks forward to expanding the
museum's exhibit space, artifact collections, and programs. 

Updated May 2016

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Preserving our Japanese Canadian History & Heritage

The Centennial of 1977 celebrating the arrival of Manzo Nagano, the first Japanese to land in Canada, inspired many younger Nisei to start learning about their history and heritage. In the early 1980s, Frank Hanano formed the Japanese Canadian History Preservation Committee (JCHPC) as a sub-committee of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA). This committee included Suni Arinobu, Tsuneharu Gonnami, Tatsuo Kage, Frank Hanano, Yuko Shibata, Junji Uchimura, and myself, Frank Kamiya. This committee realized the importance of preserving the history of our elders who were aging and passing on.

Over the next few years, the committee recruited ...

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