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Celebrating the New Year with Traditional Japanese Food

Osechi Ryori (お節料理) are special Japanese food prepared for New Year’s Day. In the cover photo (New Year’s food at the Consul General’s party) and the photo below (one of the dishes at the Oikawa family’s New Year’s dinner) you…

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When we don’t know our history we are doomed to repeat the errors of the past

One weekend we drove across the line with a soccer ball and after our fill of chasing the ball, we decided to go into a tavern to buy some pop.
…Joe had already gone in. I opened the door to enter…

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Happy Holidays!

Mom is sitting in the living room admiring the Christmas tree. The house is warm with the aroma of turkey. Bubbling on the stove is a big stock pot filled with leftover turkey & bones. Soon it will be an…

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George Takei Made Me Cry

I went to see George Takei who stars in the Broadway production of  Allegiance. It was a special one-night showing of the musical which draws inspiration of Takei’s childhood in prison camps that held Japanese Americans during World War II.
Thank…

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Stop Violence Against Women: Remember & Take Action on December 6 and every day

About 60 people who braved the cold for the 6th Annual December 6 Candlelight Vigil in Surrey for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Every December 6, we remember 14 young women murdered because of…

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Racist Act of Internment Must Not Happen Again: Repeal C51

I had the opportunity to speak at the December 3, 2016 National Security Consultation in Vancouver. The Liberal government voted with the then Conservative government to pass C51 into law. This is wrong and they need to repeal it. I…

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CLiFF 2016, another year of great films

CLiFF 2016 was another year of great films. I was pleased to be able to speak to the audiences and have some great discussions at the Vancouver & District Labour Council, BCGEU, Cinema Politica, and PSAC BC screenings. We were…

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Congratulations UBC Prez Santa Ono

I was honoured to be at the installation of Professor Santa J. Ono as 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC. It was a wonderful ceremony which included special guest speakers, the Oath of Office, presented by Her Honour, The Honourable…

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Rally for a Better BC

Crowd chanting #ndp Agree. We need #bcndp #betterchoices #betterBC #bcpoli

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Recognizing Diversity at the 2016 BC Multicultural Awards Dinner

I was honoured to accompany my friend Roger Kishi to the 2016 British Columbia Multicultural Awards Dinner. Roger was representing the Comox Valley Aboriginal Health Working Group who was nominated for an award. I saw some familiar faces including Dr….

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