Joy Kogawa - My Road to Nagasaki Goes Through Nanking — Thoughts from a Work in Progress

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Thu, 11/22/2012 - 19:00 - 22:00

Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates Street, Victoria BC

During the Second World War, the family of acclaimed writer Joy Kogawa was forced to leave its Vancouver home and endure internment—an experience Kogawa has conveyed to generations of Canadian readers. On Nov. 22, she will make a special appearance in Victoria to present UVic’s third public downtown lecture in its annual City Talks series.
The events experienced by Kogawa’s family did not occur in isolation. The legacies and memories of the wartime era are global in scope. In her current work in progress, Kogawa turns her attention to wartime Nagasaki and Nanking, exploring the local and personal reverberations of terrors lived elsewhere. “I will try to speak of these two cities where a nightmare occurs ‘which has no word’ to describe it,” Kogawa says. “Iris Chang used the term ‘rape.’ Dr. Takashi Nagai used the term ‘holocaust.’”
In the final instalment of “70 Years Later: Japanese Canadians and the Urban Legacy of War” (the theme of this season’s first trio of talks), Kogawa will reveal how connecting those urban tragedies of the Second World War has touched her personal experience. The two previous lectures have focused on the experiences of Japanese Canadians in BC prior to and during the war. Now Kogawa will shift emphasis to focus on these two cities abroadwhich nevertheless shaped Japanese Canadians’ experiences.

This is a free public event. To assure yourself of a spot, we suggest that you pre-register by emailing: thecitytalks.victoria@gmail.com

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