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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Randy Kusano Inducted into the Monitoba Basketball Hall of Fame

WINNIPEG — Considered one of the most successful high school coaches in Manitoba’s history, with an over 45-year coaching career, Randy Kusano was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

“It’s very special, it’s a sport I’ve been involved in for a long, long time,” Kusano tells Nikkei Voice in an interview. “I’m a bit of a history buff when it comes to basketball in Winnipeg and Manitoba. I know who has gone in before me, and to join those kinds of people is quite an honour for me.”

Working for 35 years at Oak Park …

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Brenda Kamino Shares Grandmother's Incredible 100-year Life at Toronto Fringe Festival

TORONTO — In a 23-minute play, actress Brenda Kamino explores the incredible 100-year life of her maternal grandmother, Hina Yoshida. Written by and starring Kamino, At the End of the Day explores Hina’s life through moments of upheaval. From leaving Hiroshima for an arranged marriage, to her life being uprooted during the Second World War, to the impending closure of her idyllic retirement home.

“Her life was an amazing journey,” Kamino tells Nikkei Voice in an interview. “I want [audiences] to take away a woman with a sense of humour, sense of self, and sense of family.”

Directed by Brenley …

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Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Kiyoko Sugimoto and Sakura Yoshida Explore Mixed-Race Identity in New Podcast

VANCOUVER — Kiyoko Sugimoto and Sakura Yoshida take a deep dive into what it means to be a mixed-race Japanese Canadian millennial in their podcast, The Hafu It. In the weekly, independently-produced, and unscripted podcast, the two women explore topics that range from the Japanese Canadian experience to current affairs and pop culture through humour and personal anecdotes.

The podcast, which launched in December, recently wrapped up its first season at the end of May. The season ended with a four-episode collaboration with the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (VJLS-JH) and the explorASIAN Festival for Asian Heritage …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Japanese Canadian Dance Artist Jennifer Aoki on Adapting and Being Creative During the Pandemic

VANCOUVER — Beautiful, otherworldly domes, filled with artistic displays of lanterns, light, tulle, and wings, illuminated downtown Vancouver this March.

Called “The Love Bubble Project,” the pop-up art installation included over a dozen “love bubbles” placed around downtown Vancouver for the public to discover each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Fridays, the love bubbles came to life with dancers performing inside. Within one of those love bubbles, creating improvised dance by responding to the music, people passing by, and the night’s energy was dance artist Jennifer Aoki.

“They’ve created these little worlds,” Aoki tells Nikkei Voice in an interview. …

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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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