KIZUNA: Bonding and the Transmission of Japanese Culture with Yoriko Gillard

Updated February 15, 2018

March 7, 2018 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Yoriko Gillard-125

Capilano Universe Lecture Series

How does Japanese culture attract multicultural audiences? It is not only about ‘culture’ as tangible representations in forms such as a Kimono or well-loved Sushi but also ‘culture’ in the form it takes in the lives of Japanese people such as language, philosophy, ethics and social mannerism. This presentation includes several stories about how the Japanese are forming their communities in Canada and passing along a culture from one generation to the next. One such story is about Japanese Canadians during WWII. This presentation includes visual art, poetry and other Japanese cultural practices.

Yoriko Gillard is a visual artist, poet, researcher and teacher. She teaches language courses at Capilano University and is also currently working on a PhD in Language and Literacy Education at UBC. She is a Landscapes of Injustice research assistant at Nikkei National Museum and conducts KIZUNA (Bond) sociocultural activities in Canada and Japan. She is a continuous supporter of victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Her current research initiatives include the
HEARTH Project: hear/heart/art/earth, for which Gillard has organized and directed many creative educational events in various communities.