• May 01 – May 01 2024

    Gaman – Perseverance Toronto Launch

    Save the date! Join us in the Heritage Lounge at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to celebrate the launch of Gaman – Perseverance: Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice by Art Miki! Enjoy a reading from Gaman – Perseverance, an introduction from Mohammed Hashim, executive director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and a conversation between Art Miki and Lynn Kobayashi, president of the Toronto chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians!

    Gaman – Perseverance is an in-depth memoir detailing the intense negotiations that took place in the 1980s between the Government of Canada and the NAJC – negotiations which finally resulted in the historic Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement of September 1988 and the acknowledgment by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney that Canada had wronged its own citizens. In Gaman – Perseverance, Art Miki recollects his past experiences and family history, revealing the beliefs and attitudes that shaped his life’s journey as a youth in British Columbia, an educator in Manitoba, and a community leader across Canada.

    Mr. Art Miki is an active leader in the Japanese Canadian community, having served as president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians from 1984 to 1992. He led the negotiations to achieve a just redress settlement for Japanese Canadians interned during World War II. For his efforts nationally, provincially, and locally, he has received this country’s highest recognition, the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, and recently, the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan. He is past-president of the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba and the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba. Art is a former teacher and principal, a Canadian Citizenship Judge, and a lecturer at the University of Winnipeg.

    The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is fully wheelchair and scooter accessible.

    Attendance is free! Seating is first-come, first-served. We can’t wait to see you there!

    Gaman – Perseverance Launch
    Heritage Lounge – Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
    Toronto, ON
    May 1, 2024
    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the event begins at 7:00 p.m.

    This event is made possible by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.