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Celebrating 55 Years of Service and Self-Defence

Chris Hope

Earlier this year, I had the honour of presenting Shihan Kei Tsumura, founder of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) Karate Club in Toronto with the Don Valley West Community Service Award for outstanding volunteer contributions in the City of Toronto. It was yet another community service award for Tsumura ...

Internment Musical Makes Its Mark on Broadway But Is Set to Close on February 14, 2016

Chris Hope

All good things must come to an end, but this end is coming far too soon. At the end of October, I had the privilege of attending a preview of Allegiance at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway.

To Be Takei

Chris Hope

“A musical?” says Leonard Nimoy, “on that?” He bursts out laughing. “A musical about the internment?” asks U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, wincing, “no, I would have never imagined that.”

Top Legal Award Re-dedicated In Honor Of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Chris Hope

At the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association national convention in Kansas City on November 8, NAPABA’s highest honour, formerly the NAPABA Trailblazer Award, was re-dedicated as the Senator Daniel K. Inouye NAPABA Trailblazer Award to serve as an ongoing tribute the achievements of U.S. Senator Daniel K ...

70th Anniversary of the Japanese American/Japanese Canadian Internment: Redress, Remember, Relate – Contrasting the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Internment Experiences in Washington D.C. - Part 2

Chris Hope

Read Part 1 >> In contrast to Kawakami and Minami’s discussions that focused on the fact that it was the incremental gains of specific legal victories that lead to the redress in the U.S., it was very interesting to learn from Justice Omatsu that the Canadian road to redress ...

70th Anniversary of the Japanese American/Japanese Canadian Internment: Redress, Remember, Relate – Contrasting the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Internment Experiences in Washington D.C. - Part 1

Chris Hope

On November 15, I travelled to Washington D.C. to appear in a panel assembled to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian internments at the annual conference of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). In attendance were 1,800 lawyer-delegates from across North ...

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I am a Yonsei Japanese Canadian; a “hapa”. Researching my family history, I became fascinated and angered with the events of the WW2 internment of Japanese Canadians to the point that I eventually spent twelve years making a film about my grandmother’s experiences during the internment. The film is called Hatsumi and is used in classrooms across Canada to assist teachers to teach the internment chapter to Canadian history students. I am a lawyer by trade, the treasurer of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto and a member of the board of governors of the Japanese American National Museum in L.A..

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • Japantowns
  • oral history projects, presenting Japanese arts/film/music to North American audiences, networking with other communities in the Japanese diaspora

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