Join me on May 18-19th, 2019 for ensoku (“field trip”), a gathering for young-ish Japanese Canadians*. Optional activities will be organized on May 17th and 20th.
This event takes place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. As organizers of this gathering, our mission is to create a space for individuals who identify as having Japanese ancestry to connect, socialize, and have fun. The themes are simple:
🍣 EAT: Participate in a gyoza-making workshop and a delicious dinner at Hapa Izakaya
💬 SHARE: Meet new people and discuss issues that matter such as our mixed-, multi-racial, and/or queer identities, culture, community, and more
🎏 LEARN: Revisit history on a cultural tour of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
🎨 MAKE: Create art with interdisciplinary artists from our community
*Inclusive of anyone of Japanese ancestry, and suggested for folks up to 40 years old
This event is organized by kikiai collaborative, a grassroots network of individuals interested in the history, politics, arts and culture of the Japanese Canadian/Nikkei community.
“Kikiai” (聴き合い) is a Japanese word meaning “listening to each other.” This word represents our group’s philosophy of coming together, mutually supporting, and listening to one another as equals, while also giving a nod to our Japanese Canadian heritage and community links.
Learn more about ensoku here.