In response to the alarming rise in anti-Asian racism, the Act2EndRacism Network has produced five short videos, seeking to counter disinformation and misinformation that has fuelled anti-Asian sentiment. The goal of these videos is to have you reflect on your experiences, engage in conversations, and together find ways to address anti-Asian racism, hate and intolerance. Last month we posted the first video on Microaggression. Here is the second video in the series, The Model Minority Myth.
In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, the VNCS will be holding a virtual event over Zoom:
Sunday, May 30, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
Shino will be sampling two types of sake during her presentation:
Nigori – Hakutsuru Sayuri (300ml, $9.49)
Sparkling – Yoshi No Gawa Awayuki (300ml, 13.99)
Pick up one or both bottles ahead of time and taste along with her from the comfort of your home! Check for local availability using the “Where to buy” button in the BC Liquor Store links provided.
Support the Community
We encourage you to help support our community however you are able, perhaps by ordering take-out from your favourite local restaurants, making a donation to the VNCS, or simply attending as we celebrate Asian heritage and culture this May.
Watch the Japanese Cultural Fair Virtual Edition right here on the VNCS website on Saturday, October 24th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm (Pacific Daylight Time). Below is the performance schedule line up. Please note that as this is a live broadcast event…times may not be exact.
Virtual Edition – Performance Line Up
Uminari Taiko (12:05)
The fair opens with Uminari Taiko and the thunder of Japanese drums. Vancouver Island’s only taiko drumming ensemble their name translates as “roaring sea” – the sound of the crashing waves and the silence in between – a tribute to the drums and our windswept island.
Tea Ceremony (12:30)
Chado Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association – Urasenke style traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, the Way of Tea, has been taught by Mrs. Mito since 1998. Her group will demonstrate the casual Chabako style, which has a box containing all the utensils and is suitable for outdoor gatherings where the guest can enjoy a bowl of tea outside.
Ikebana Demonstration (12:50)
Sensei Michiko Segeuv will demonstrate Sogetsu Ikebana flower arranging through four different arrangements with dried and fresh plant materials and Ikebana containers. Seguev is a certified Sogetsu Ikebana School teacher who trained in Tokyo and has been teaching for 20 years.
Interview with special guest Jordan Stanger-Ross (1:10)
Jordan Stranger-Ross will talk about UVIC’s Landscapes of Injustice project, its successes, and its next steps highlighting the dispossession of
Kimono and its Seasonal Differences (1:25)
Hitomi Harama, a specialist of Kimono and Japanese culture, will introduce the Kimono, its culture, and its 1,300-plus years of history. Though it ceased being daily wear for Japanese people around 1940, it is at the heart of Japanese culture and embedded with deep cultural matters.
Sake Q&A with Shino (1:35)
Shino Yamashiro is from Okinawa and Sake sommelier and manager at Ené Raw Food + Sake Bar. She will answer viewer’s questions about sake and give us suggestions on paring sake with various food. Send in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win 1 Sake Flight Free!
Enjoying Daikon (Japanese Radish) in your Kitchen and Garden (2:00)
Umi Nami Farm
Interview with special guest Natsuki Abe (2:25)
Natsuki Abe will join the Virtual Fair to talk about the recently formed VNCS Heritage Community that she chairs and share its goals. She is a research assistant on UVIC’s Landscapes of Injustice project that focuses on the dispossession and forced sale of property owned by Japanese Canadians.
Lynn Howard-Gibbon, a sushi chef at Sen Zushi since 2005, will demonstrate how to make popular sushi rolls such as Futomaki and California rolls easily at home. Lynn lived in Japan from 1994 to 1999 and is active in the Japanese community, including Urasenke Tankokai (tea ceremony).
Uminari Taiko Finale (3:00)
The roar of the Japanese drum will close out the virtual fair with a second, unique performance by Uminari Taiko.
August 6th and 9th, 2020.
Hibakusha Remembrance Week — 75th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Communities are invited to join in Bell ringing and “making a righteous noise” at the time of dropping of the bombs.
Individuals are invited to set a reminder and take a moment to reflect… “Set a chime for those times”
On Thursday, August 6 and Sunday, August 9 church bells, hand bells and other appropriate devices are to be rung across Vancouver Island at the time the bombs exploded: 8:15 AM on August 6 and 11:50 AM on August 9.
The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society will ring the Morioka Friendship bell on David Foster Way.
Please join us. COVID-19 protocols for safety will be followed.
If you are planning on coming please email email@example.com.
All are invited to take part in the online educational event:
Thursday, August 6 at noon, a live Zoom presentation with a question and answer period on the current nuclear weapons threat, nuclear weapons and religious faith, and the public health and the environmental consequences of nuclear weapons. Register here to receive the Zoom Link.
The distinguished presenters for this event are two physicians and a brilliant young student activist.
Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford is past President of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. She has twice been awarded the Governor General of Canada Award and has participated in humanitarian missions to North Korea.
Magritte Gordaneer from Victoria is a student at McGill University. She founded McGill Students for Peace and Disarmament, the university’s only student peace group. Magritte travelled to Hiroshima to participate in the Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security presented by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Jonathan Down is President of Physicians for Global Survival. He is a pediatrician at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health in Victoria and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria.
Moderator for the program is Bill Geimer, US army veteran and Professor of Law Emeritus, Washington and Lee University.
Send any questions to Bill Geimer at firstname.lastname@example.org
The week of 2-9 August, 2020 is to be designated as Hibakusha Remembrance Week honouring the survivors of the bombings.
Find out more about the VNCS.
2020 AGM Announcement
Please plan to attend the society’s 2020 Annual General Meeting which will be held on:
Sunday, February 9, 2020 – 9:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Esquimalt Recreation Centre, Craigflower Room
Following the 2020 AGM, our special guest speaker will be Michael Abe and Natsuki Abe from the Landscapes of Injustice.
2020 AGM Schedule
- 9:30 AM — Registration: coffee, tea, muffins, etc
- 9:45 AM — AGM Call to Order
- Approval of Agenda
- Approval of minutes of last AGM, February 24, 2019
- Committee and Special Event
- New business
- VNCS Scholarship Update
- VNCS Membership Increase
- 11:15 AM — Election of Officers & Directors
- 11:45 AM — AGM Adjournment
- 12:00 PM-1:15 PM — Guest Speakers, Michael Abe & Natsuki Abe
Natsuki and Mike will use examples of digital records to show how they can enhance a community members’ understanding of their family history. They will also introduce their proposal for a heritage sub committee for the VNCS and give a short update on the Landscapes of Injustice project.
- 9:30 AM — 登録: コーヒー、紅茶、マフィン等
- 9:45 AM — 年次総会開会
- VNCS 奨学金報告
- VNCS 会員費の引き上げ
11:15 AM — 役員と理事の選出
11:45 AM — 年次総会終了
12:00 PM-1:15 PM — ゲストスピーカーマイケル・アベ & ナツキ・アベ