The family of Michiko Midge Ayukawa would like to inform you that she passed away peacefully with family by her side on October 24th in Victoria.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 29th at 5pm followed by a reception from 6 to 8pm at First Memorial on 1155 Fort Street, Victoria.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby B.C. A private service and burial will be held in Ottawa at a later date.
Editor’s note: The entire Japanese Canadian community and Midge’s wider community mourns the loss of one our dearest and most treasured members. You have been a pillar and inspiration to us all. May peace be with you.
Calgary Japanese Canadian Association board member John McMullin and Yudi Delisle (nee Takahashi) are currently visiting Victoria and would to introduce the CJCA’s new “History Preservation Project” book titled Okage Sama De which chronicles the history and of 138 different families living in Calgary and Southern Alberta, most of whom were relocated from British Columbia in 1942. This beautifully designed, hard covered book is the result of 5 years of dedicated effort, produced from personal interviews, reviewing pictures and editing the written biographies of the 138 families that participated in its development. Included with this book, is a DVD of 30 of these personal interviews, the histories of the various Japanese Community Groups and many colour and black and white photos, and more.
“Okage Sama De” which literally translated means “I am what I am, because of you”, is an amazing and terrific read for the younger generation to have a better understanding of hardships and, on the most part, the success stories that came from the hard work and determination of their ancestors. A truly educational, accurate and touching recorded history for generations to come.
John will have limited copies available for sale at the Mochi Tsuki Kai and if necessary can take deposits for orders to be delivered later in May. The cost of this book is $75. Shipping and handling are being waived on these purchases. E-mail to place your order on a first come first served basis. Payment and pick up can be made at the Mochi Tsuki Kai.
Honorary degree ceremony for Japanese Canadian students of 1942
A special ceremony will be held during UBC’s spring congregation to recognize and honour the Japanese Canadian students whose university experience was disrupted in 1942 when they were uprooted and exiled from the B.C. coast – a violation of their citizenship rights.
Honorary degrees will be conferred on the students who were unable to complete their education when they were sent to internment camps in 1942. Degrees will be re-conferred on the students who completed their studies but missed their graduation ceremony because of the internment.