Landscapes of Injustice Presentation @ VPL Jan. 14

I attended a presentation by Landscapes of Injustice, an extraordinary undertaking looking at the incarceration and dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. It involves many grad students from various institutions, along with a council of Japanese Canadians from across Canada, some of whom spoke about their work and experiences. Involving people not personally connected to the events somehow makes it feel like this really was a significant episode in Canadian history and not just family history. Eiji Okawa, raised in Japan, looked at community records and his translation Japanese written at the time seems essential to understanding the Issei.

Kubo and the Two Strings

I quite enjoyed Kubo and the Two Strings. I kept wondering why it was called that when his shamisen (Japanese banjo-like instrument) has 3 strings. I liked the surprises in the story and creepiness. I read somewhere that more people die in kid's movies for some reason. I loved the look of the film, the humour, and harshness, although the very end with the grandfather seemed weird to me. The magic of animation allows Charlize Theron and Matthew McConnaughy to play Japanese people. Plus in the credits you a time lapse view of them doing the stop motion animation.