Curated by Cindy Mochizuki
Featuring new works by Kyo Maclear, Julie Tamiko Manning, and Baco Ohama
This project was made possible with the financial assistance of the B.C. Arts Council and the Roy Ito Award.
March to December is an interactive web project created in response to the war journal found in the archives of the late Roy Ito. Within this online exhibition, contemporary artists Kyo Maclear, Julie Tamiko Manning and Baco Ohama create individual web projects based on Ito’s documentation of his time serving in the Canadian army during WWII. The interactive web project provides audiences with three entry points into some of the complex and layered, day-to-day accounts that Ito has taken from March to December 1945. The artists have each carefully crafted media-based work that can be found within the online archive, that range from audio, animation, and video work. Their new works present a glimpse; a temporal snapshot into a particular historical moment, and into the observations of Ito during his time at war as a Japanese Canadian sergeant.
Asahi: Canadian Baseball Legends
This is the story of the Vancouver Asahi baseball team whose home ground was Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver from 1914 to 1941. The online exhibit is presented in four chapters: Building the Club, Triumph, Pride of the Community and the Asahi Legacy which can each be explored in depth with many images, sound bites, and film. A timeline of events in team history and the history of Canada’s Nikkei community, as well as teachers’ resources are also available. This exhibit is presented in three languages English, French and Japanese.
Our Mothers’ Patterns
Sewing and dressmaking in the Japanese Canadian community is a legacy of pride, skill and accomplishment passed on from thousands of women who mastered this vital art to practice their craft in British Columbia and across Canada from the early part of the twentieth century to the present.
The inspiration for this exhibit came from a collection of dresses donated to the Japanese Canadian National Museum by Mary Ohara, typical of those worn in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Sewing then was not only necessary for women of all ages to provide custom-made inexpensive clothing for themselves and their families, but was also a primary source of income for many Japanese Canadians excluded from mainstream businesses or professional occupations. These women established their own shops or made clothing for clients from their homes after attending dressmaking academies.
During the internment years, the women in almost every camp organized hugely popular classes. For Canadians like Mary Ohara who went to Japan in 1946, dressmaking Canadian-style was one familiar means of showing how closely they continued to identify with customs from their homeland. For others who migrated east of the Rockies, dressmaking abilities allowed them to re-establish themselves. For both, dressmaking was the way to making a livelihood in a new place.
Visit the exhibition online at: The Virtual Museum of Canada