Book launch and lecture – Introducing 2 NEW Japanese Canadian books

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at UVic are pleased to present talks by the authors on their books of Japanese Canadian interest.

When: Monday, November 23, 2015
6:00-7:30 pm

Where: David Strong Building Room C116
University of Victoria
Victoria BC

This event is free. The authors will have their books available for purchase and signing.

For more information, contact the VNCS at

Sakura in StoneSakura in Stone – Ann-Lee and Gordon Switzer

SAKURA IN STONE: Victoria’s Japanese Legacy is the second book on the subject of Japanese Canadian pioneers to be released by Gordon and Ann-Lee Switzer. In 2012, they published Gateway to Promise, Canada’s First Japanese Community, which won second prize from the B.C. Historical Federation that year. A ground-breaking study, Gateway revealed in detail the little-known history of Victoria’s Japanese community that disappeared during the Second World War. Since then, the Switzers have researched further and found new material shedding light on this early community.

Those discoveries form the basis for this book and for their lecture including information about the first true settler from Japan to reach Victoria and make Canada his home (hint: it is not the well-known Japanese pioneer named Nagano)


toshikocoverToshiko – Michael Kluckner

Michael Kluckner will be talking about his graphic novel Toshiko, set in BC in 1944 with a Japanese-Canadian protagonist, and the story’s genesis in the non-fiction of his book Vanishing British Columbia and the Japanese-Canadian families on Mayne Island. He will also reflect on the value of graphic novels for historic storytelling and describe the reception of the book, including its relation to the Landscapes of Injustice program and the response to it by a class which used it in the Canadian Studies program at McGill.

Michael Kluckner is an artist and the author of more than a dozen books, mostly about Vancouver and British Columbia history. He is the president of the Vancouver Historical Society and a member of the Heritage Commission, and lives with his wife in Vancouver’s Grandview neighbourhood.