Westender | The year in theatre: 2017 offered something for everyone

Thank you to The Westender and Jo Ledingham for including us in their 2017 list!

Not a week went by in 2017 without something wonderful happening on a Vancouver stage. From the Goldcorp Stage to The Fishbowl, under the Bard tents or under the Cambie Bridge, there was seemingly a show on for every taste.
With that, here are some productions – not necessarily the best – that creatively pushed the boundaries of live theatre this year.

Read the full article here.

Westender article by Jo Ledingham | published 13 December 2017

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Japanese Problem / Chinese Problem by erica hiroko

Japanese Problem / Chinese Problem is a piece related to JAPANESE PROBLEM & reflections on the play's role among politics of race in Vancouver.

This past Sunday, our friend Erica Isomura, and author of the article, shared an excerpt at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's panel discussion and dialogue event. The theme of the discussion was "Building Bridges Across Asian Canadian Communities."  Read the excerpt here, with the full piece, a 3-part series in Schema Magazine, forthcoming in 2018. 

Present day at Hastings Park. Photo by Kayla Isomura

Present day at Hastings Park. Photo by Kayla Isomura

Landscapes of Injustice uncovers long-lost letters from interned Japanese-Canadians

National Post article draws attention to long-lost letters, including one written by Tokuji Hirose, great-grandfather of JAPANESE PROBLEM collaborator Brent Hirose.

Read the article here.

National Post article by Tristin Hopper | posted Nov 10, 2017

Image from The Héritage project --a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 40 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists.

Image from The Héritage project --a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 40 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists.

Nikkei Voice: ‘JAPANESE PROBLEM' takes audiences back to internment at Hastings Park

The title ‘JAPANESE PROBLEM‘ was a zeitgeist term used around the Second World War. There were countless papers and articles published in North American addressing the so-called “Japanese problem,” often perpetuating false information about those who were detained.

“I guess it would be 1942’s ‘fake news,'” says Garfinkel.

-excerpt from Nikkei Voice article

Read the whole article here.

Nikkei Voice article by Lauren Scott | posted Oct 12, 2017

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Powell Street Festival

A big thank you to the Powell Street Festival, artistic director Leanne Dunic, the many crew members and the volunteers that helped make JAPANESE PROBLEM at the PSF such a success.  We sold out all 8 performances and were able to gather valuable and positive feedback.  Thank you so much for having us.

 

Yoshié Bancroft pictured with Tosh and Mary Kitagawa.  Photo by Mona Stilwell.

Yoshié Bancroft pictured with Tosh and Mary Kitagawa.  Photo by Mona Stilwell.