#Baachan 3. Born Taki Kinoshita in 1889

My baachan was born Taki Kinoshita on February 8, 1889 to Manzaburo Kinoshita and Kuma Izumiya (according to the Baptismal Certificate which will come up later).

I don’t have an actual photograph of her from that time. This drawing is based on a photo of “a happy Japanese mother and babe” by C.H. Graves in 1902, which is now in the American Library of Congress online archive. I don’t even know if it’s a boy or girl, but babies all look the same to me.

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#Baachan 1. Intro #Nikkei #history

This is from a talk I gave at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on February 15, 2018, as part of a speaker series associated with their Lost Fleet Exhibition on the Japanese Canadian fishing boats confiscated during World War II. I'll add a slide a day or so til I'm done.

Baachan was what we called my paternal grandmother, Taki Nakamura.

She was 4’7” and raised eight children.
She was vegetarian and smoked roll-your-own cigarettes.
She lived 91 years, through most of the major events in Japanese Canadian history.

But I can’t really say I knew her that well.
She didn’t speak much English, and I didn’t speak much Japanese.

As a kid, whenever we visited, she would offer me Vicks cherry-flavoured cough drops, which I usually accepted happily.
Every Easter, she sent me and her many other grandchildren, chocolate Easter bunnies.

This is my attempt to understand her life and times.

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Curiosity Collider #cartoon

I had the pleasure and privilege to present a talk with my science zine co-creator and Science Borealis multimedia coeditor @furbeckite at The Curiosity Collider event at Cafe Deux Soleils. We were part of an intriguing group of others intersecting art and science. A fun and inspiring time.



In which day after day, the doomed man makes lunches to no purpose. 



LMME#18 was wonderful

 I enjoyed every moment of the second annual Lower Mainland Museum Educators Conference hosted at the Space Centre, the Vancouver Museum and the Maritime Museum. I led a session on designing a photo op. I learned things from every session, including my own — models for science communication, developing educational history kits, building relationships with communities. I felt better for meeting every person I met. Museum educators are the best, probably because they are “not in it for the money.” Sadly, as much as I savour nonmaterialism, this no doubt narrows the field of who can afford to participate.