JF Toronto/JSAC Joint Lecture Series I

The PTJC is proud to announce that the first speaker the new Japan Foundation/JSAC Joint Lecture Series, Professor Iino, will be giving three talks across Canada this September, including one at the University of Alberta!

We will also be broadcasting the talk online, with more details and a link to follow.

Date & Time: September 22nd, 2014 at 1:00pm

Location: TBA

Abstract of Talk: "The Nikkei and the LARA Postwar Relief Efforts to Japan"

Immediately after the Pacific War ended in 1945, many Nikkei in Canada and the U.S. suffered from the after-effect of such experiences during the war as forced removal from their homes, relocation and internment, as well as the government’s inquisitions concerning their loyalty.  Scholars argue that those Nikkei developed a very negative self-image and came to feel ashamed of, or guilty about, their Japanese origins. This sense of shame, or guilt, caused many of them to eliminate ties to Japan in order to survive in their adopted country, Canada or the U.S.  Some Nikkei, however, regarded the Japanese in Japan, devastated by their defeat in the war, as “fellow Japanese,” and tried to find a way to help them. They discovered that they could do so through an organization called LARA (Licensed Agencies for Relief in Asia).  Twenty percent of the relief supplies sent to Japan by LARA between 1946 and 1952 were collected by Nikkei in Canada, the U.S., and South America.  Rather than eliminating their ties to Japan, these Nikkei reaffirmed their ties, by becoming engaged in relief activities for defeated Japan. The talk will examine this fascinating period and compare the situation of Nikkei communities in these three regions.

About the Speaker: 

Masako Iino is past President and Professor of American History and Immigration Studies at Tsuda College in Tokyo. She has also taught at McGill University and Acadia University and was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley. She has been on numerous committees and boards, governmental and academic, national and international. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Japanese Association for American Studies (1992–2010), President of the Japanese Association for Canadian Studies (1996–2000), and was awarded with the Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies in 2001. Professor Iino has published many books and papers in the fields of American and Canadian Studies, as well as immigration studies, including Another History of U.S.–Japan Relations: Japanese Americans Swayed by the Cooperation and the Disputes Between the Two Nations (Tokyo: Yuhikaku, 2000); A History of Japanese Canadians: Swayed by Canada-Japan Relations (Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 1997) (which was given the Prime Minister’s Award for Publication), and co-author of Ethnic America (Tokyo: Yuhikaku, 2011), a revised version of Ethnic America (1984, 1997).