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3rd Annual Robert Iwata Memorial Lecture

Date: Apr 22, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Place: UBC Robson Square Rm 225 (800 Robson St, Vancouver)
Host: the Canada-Japan Society of British Columbia

Featured Speaker: Anne Park Shannon Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to be a Canadian in Japan a hundred or so years ago? Who went? Why?

80th Anniversary Presentation Series 3rd Annual Robert Iwata Memorial Lecture Held in conjunction with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival We thank UBC’s College for Interdisciplinary Studies for their kind support of this event

Price: $30 (including GST $1.43 #139057855 RT0001) *lunch and refreshments will be served.

Featured Speaker: Anne Park Shannon The first two Robert Iwata Memorial speakers focused on the Nikkei experience in Canada. Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to be a Canadian in Japan a hundred or so years ago? Who went? Why did they go? How did they live? These are questions Anne Park Shannon began asking herself when she served at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. When she returned home she began digging. And out they popped, a cast of remarkable individuals who are the subject of a soon- to- be- published book. While we know a good deal about Japanese immigrants to Canada, much less is known about the flip side, Canadians who went to Japan. Their stories tell us that Japan had a much larger influence on the development of Canada than may be imagined; as well as something about human nature. Anne will share with us some of her favourite characters, using some precious old photographs and images. Anne Park Shannon served in the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo as economic and financial counsellor during the 1980’s. As a member of Canada’s Foreign Service, she specialized in Canada – Asia and Canada – U.S. affairs. She has served at senior levels of Canada’s Ministry of Finance, and with international and Canadian economic organizations. She has also worked with the United Nations on human rights, as well as the environment. She lives in Victoria, where she maintains a strong interest in Japan and Asia. She is an Associate of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI).

We are encouraging attendees to pre-pay by mailing cheques to; P.O. Box 47071 15-555 W 12th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 3X0 Please make cheques PAYABLE to "THE CANADA-JAPAN SOCIETY OF BC"

For planning purposes, please register by Friday, April 10. Please note that we can't accept cancellations after April 14 and NO-SHOWS will be CHARGED.

*The image shown at the bottom is the Powles Family “mon” created in Japan around 1920 – it shows the “Canadian maple leaf” in conjunction with waves travelling back and forth across the Pacific Ocean and is an example of early Canadian interactions with Japan.

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