JAPANESE PROBLEM WAS ONLY ABOUT 40 MINUTES LONG, BUT IT WILL STAY WITH ME FOREVER. -Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail
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.
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If you missed JAPANESE PROBLEM at Hastings Park, please join us at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby for the fall exhibit Hastings Park 1942 -- where a filmed version of JAPANESE PROBLEM will be projected hourly. See below for more information.
In early 1942, over 8,000 Japanese Canadians were incarcerated at Hastings Park in East Vancouver before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior or to work camps across the country. The Hastings Park 1942 exhibit is a collaboration with performance artist Yoshié Bancroft and Joanna Garfinkel, to produce an experiential, dramatic glimpse into that tragic episode of Canada’s history.
This exhibit features a special video installation of Universal Limited’s JAPANESE PROBLEM on a re-created stall from Hastings Park.
Hastings Park 1942 & JAPANESE PROBLEM explore a collective memory that we can and must learn from so as to never repeat.
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby BC V5E 4M7
Museum Gallery Hours:
Closed: Monday & Stat. Holidays
Exhibit by donation