ケリー・フレック

(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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Kimiko’s Pearl Tells One Family Story Over Four Generations

ST. CATHARINES — Japanese Canadian history has been thoughtfully explored through literature, poetry, film, theatre, and journalism, but Bravo Niagara!’s production of Kimiko’s Pearl explores this history in a completely new way—ballet. Performed by the principal dancers of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet with original music and choreography, Kimiko’s Pearl shines a spotlight on the Japanese Canadian experience and honours the community’s resilience by telling the story of one family over four generations. The ballet, currently in developmen…

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The Story Behind the Garden at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

TORONTO — When the construction concludes on a landscape project, the work only just begins. While a building architect works with steel, wood, and brick, landscape architects work with plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers, which requires maintenance and care, explains Scott Fujita, the landscape designer behind much of the garden space at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. “Usually for a building architect, after the construction finishes, that’s it. But landscape [design] is different. After the construction is finished, that’s the beginning of the garden,” …

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Ruth Ozeki’s Book of Compassion and Empathy

During the book tour for A Tale for the Time Being, author Ruth Ozeki shared how her characters speak to her when she writes. Speaking to a crowd of readers at a library, she explained that she hears the tone, attitude, and inflections of characters’ voices in her head. An audience member asked Ozeki to compare the experience of hearing characters’ voices inside her head to that of his son, who heard voices outside his head and was considered unwell. For Ozeki, the question sparked questions of her own. Often for authors and creators, hearing voices inside your head a…

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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 …

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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 sens…

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