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the award-winning, site-responsive experience about the Japanese Canadian incarceration comes back to Hastings Park.


September 13 - 29, 2018

Tuesday-Saturday 7pm & 8:30pm

Saturday Sept 15 & 22: 4pm matinee | Saturday Sept 29: 1pm matinee

Hastings Park, Livestock Building | the barn across from the Hastings Race Course

188 N Renfrew St., Vancouver, BC, Canada


Last year, this piece sold out before the show opened! We brought the play back to help meet demand, and will be touring to other locations, beginning with Soulpepper in Toronto, shortly.

JAPANESE PROBLEM is a title derived from the nomenclature of WWII, but containing in it the understanding that the citizens affected at the time were neither Japanese--they were overwhelmingly legal residents/citizens of Canada, nor problematic--with zero verifiable connections to activities against Canada. 

JAPANESE PROBLEM invites an audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination.

The piece exists in the contemporary moment simultaneously, where evidence of Hastings Parks’s former tenants has been erased, where survivors are uncertain if they want their names included in a memorial; and where refugees to North America are being treated in a fashion that is terrifyingly familiar.

  • The performance is Pay What You Can Afford: $8, $18, or $28. Contact us if cost is a barrier (
  • The space is wheelchair accessible, but is bumpy terrain
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, and check heavy bags/coats with our volunteer to make this piece accessible for all
  • This performance moves around in space; there can be no latecomers. There are places to sit that we hope you will reserve for those who most need it.
  • If you have specific access concerns, please email us at
  • Please no photography and no recordings

JAPANESE PROBLEM was developed and is performed on the unceeded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, we acknowledge this area as the traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth Nations.  We are fortunate to live and work and create on these stolen lands, and only hope to work toward a better future here.