Roy Miki lectures on Redress + Vancouver Opera's version of Naomi's Road by Joy Kogawa – June 13

Roy Miki, between Rev. Tim Nakayama and author Joy Kogawa – at the
Vancouver Public Library premiere for One Book One Vancouver featuring
Joy Kogawa and her novel Obasan – photo Todd Wong

This event should be very interesting.  Roy Miki is a fascinating speaker and I have featured him at readings at the Vancouver Public Library during Asian Heritage Month.  I am really looking forward to hearing Vancouver Opera's songs for their new opera based on Joy Kogawa's children's novel Naomi's Road.  This should be a One Book One Vancouver program at the Vancouver Public Library.  The Chan Centre is always one of my favorite concert or lecture halls.


Featuring Guest Lecturer Dr. Roy Miki speaking on Redress: Dealing with Past Injustices

Vancouver Opera opens the evening with scenes from Naomi's Road based on Joy Kogawa's novel

  • Date: Monday, June 13th, 2005
  • Time: Concert starts at 7:00, 7:30 – 9:00 Talk and Q&A session.
  • Place: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC Campus
  • To reserve a seat call 604-822-1444 or visit multilecture
  • FREE of charge

How can past injustices be recognized by today's generation? In an
evening of dialogue and reflection, Roy Miki explores personal and
collective memories of the 1980's redress movement that saw Japanese
Canadians obtain a settlement with the Canadian government. He
speculates on the continuing importance of redress as a principle of
human rights and democratic governance.

Dr. Roy Miki is a writer, poet, editor and teacher. Born in Winnipeg,
he relocated to the West Coast in the late 1960s. He is the author of Justice in Our Time (co-authored with Cassandra Kobayashi); two books of poems, Saving Face and Random Access File; and a collection of critical essays, Broken Entries: Race, Subjectivity, Writing. He has also edited numerous books, including Pacific Windows: Collected Poems of Roy K. Kiyooka, which won the 1997 Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies, and more recently, Meanwhile: The Critical Writings of bp Nichol. His third book of poems, Surrender, received the Governor General's Award for Poetry. His latest book is Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice. Dr. Miki teaches contemporary literature in the English Department at Simon Fraser University.

About the UBC – Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture:
The annual UBC – Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture was
launched to celebrate Canada's diversity by examining the various
aspects of today's multicultural society. The lecture series, sponsored
by UBC and The Laurier Institution, brings together speakers from many
cultural backgrounds who share their views as Canadians and shed light
on the many threads which make up our mosaic. It is proudly presented
by CBC and will be broadcast on their IDEAS program.

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