Kelly Fleck

Kelly Fleck is the editor of the Nikkei Voice, a Japanese-Canadian national newspaper. A recent graduate of Carleton University's journalism and communication program, she volunteered with the paper for years before taking on the job. Working at Nikkei Voice, Fleck has her finger on the pulse of Japanese Canadian culture and community.

Updated July 2018

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The My Sister Knows Why Podcast: When in Doubt, Ask Your Sister

Mississauga — Why does my body do that? Why do we get déjà vu? Does birth order affect personality and intelligence? Sisters Angela and Claudia Tanabe take on the questions that we may be embarrassed to ask but have crossed our minds in The My Sister Knows Why Podcast.

The Tanabes started the podcast in July as something to do while being stuck at home during the pandemic. Every Friday, they ask a new question—about anything or everything. In each episode, one sister presents their research around a particular topic, trying to teach the other something new while inviting ...

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Exploring the Sprawling and Complex History of Japanese Canadian Gardens

CALGARY — Growing up, filmmaker Guillaume Carlier would visit a cabin on Trout Lake in British Columbia with his family. On the way, they would visit a Japanese garden in New Denver, built in the early 90s.

Called Heiwa Teien Peace Garden, it surrounds the buildings of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, the site of a former Japanese Canadian internment camp. The peace garden was designed by renowned gardener Roy Tomomichi Sumi. Sumi was interned at the New Denver internment camp during the Second World War. He went on to design and maintain beautiful Japanese gardens in Western Canada. Sumi returned ...

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Exploring Secret Histories with Artist Cindy Mochizuki

VANCOUVER — Interdisciplinary artist Cindy Mochizuki explores a variety of mediums to create art that engages audiences with Japanese Canadian narratives and histories. Whether through painting, sculpture, drawing, dance, film, audio fiction, or even divination, at the heart of each project is thoughtful and thought-provoking storytelling, often about stories and moments overlooked in history.

This October, the Vancouver-based artist was recognized with the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award, a prestigious cultural award in B.C. The annual award does not accept applications or nominations. Instead, a selection committee from the art community selects three artists whose body of ...

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Artist Randall Okita Pieces Together Grandfather's Past in The Book of Distance

In artist Randall Okita’s new project, The Book of Distance, he introduces audiences to a great hero in his life, his grandfather, Yonezo Okita. For Okita growing up in Calgary, his grandfather was always close by in Lethbridge. They visited each other often, and there were many family fishing and camping trips.

“He was a big part of my life, and he was also the quietest person I’ve ever met,” Okita tells Nikkei Voice in an interview. “I never saw him angry, and increasingly as I got older, I would realize how remarkable that was and how remarkable ...

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Kizuna 2020: Bondad y solidaridad nikkei durante la pandemia de COVID-19

Giant Pigeons Carry Messages of Love and Gratitude in Toronto

TORONTO — Sisters Emmie and Lisa Tsumura have been using art to share messages of gratitude and love in Toronto and Ajax during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emmie, an artist working in illustration and graphic design, has been creating giant pigeons and placing them around Toronto. These works of art carry messages of thanks to essential workers, especially those in often thankless jobs, such as grocery store workers, sanitation workers, delivery drivers and migrant farm workers.

Lisa, a kindergarten teacher in Ajax, created a learning garden accompanied by one of Emmie’s giant pigeons outside her classroom. The garden is a tangible ...

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