Here are some projects I've curated, researched, written or somehow contributed to.
"Our Journeys Here," Richmond Museum, 2017
Researched and wrote exhibit content about the history of immigration to Canada, designed an interactive game, and drew this photo op.
"Made in Canada," Science World BC, 2017
Researched and wrote descriptions of Canadian inventions as part of exhibits and computer interactive.
"Gaman, Giri, Gambare" Banner, Nikkei National Museum, 2017
Researched and wrote banners on three values important to the Japanese Canadian community. Gaman relates to endurance, Giri involves social obligation, and Gambare is doing one's best.
(Photo: NNM 2010.23.2.4.708)
Children's Exhibits, Royal Alberta Museum, 2015-16
Worked with RAM staff to develop engaging natural and human history exhibit text for younger visitors in the new museum scheduled to open in Edmonton in 2018.
Clownfish Cove, Vancouver Aquarium, 2014
Wrote the text for the refurbishing of the interactive children's play area with design firm W3 (2014).
Japanese Canadians in Steveston, City of Richmond, 2013-14
Researched and organized materials about the history of Japanese Canadians for the exhibit in the restored Japanese Fishermen's building at the Steveston Museum.
Ken Spencer Science Park, Science World, 2012
Researched background information on sustainability for the outdoor science park.
Ryoshi — A History of Japanese Canadian Fishing, NIkkei National Museum, 2013
Researched content, developed exhibits, and wrote text with NNM Director/Curator Beth Carter in collaboration with the Nikkei Fishermen's Committee and the W3 design company on the history of Japanese Canadians in fishing.
(photo: A Jensen)
Karen Refugee Community in Surrey, Surrey Museum, 2012
Interviewed members of Karen community about their lives in refugee camps and uprooting from Burma, collected artifacts, and curated display. A moving experience for me.
Our World Gallery on Sustainability, Science World 2002
Developed concepts, researched, and wrote content for gallery on the challenges of balancing environmental, economic, and social issues.
Fun, interactive, informal learning opportunities for various ages that I developed.
Richmond Olympic Experience
Developed Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary programs and teacher guides to complement the interactive exhibits (2016).
Port Metro Vancouver
Designed intermediate program for schools and classroom activities for teachers for Port Metro Vancouver (2014).
Co-created AQUAVAN outreach program in aquatic education, coordinated Water Wonders school program, for the Vancouver Aquarium (1994-1998).
Science World British Columbia
Created programs for schools and the public on Sports, Colour, and Biodiversity as Teacher/ Curator at Science World British Columbia (1998-2004).
Nikkei National Museum
Developed and delivered educational programs on Japanese Canadian history and Japanese culture as Education Coordinator at the Nikkei National Museum (2010-2011).
Vancouver Public Library
I developed and delivered a 2 hour workshop for writers 11 to 13, on writing and re-writing called “Murder Your Darlings,” as part of the week long Vancouver Public Library Writing & Book Summer Camp.
"Thank you for your incredible work with Book Camp – I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about your workshop from campers, volunteers and parents alike. "
Esther McPhee, 2016 Book Camp Coordinator
A family workshop on creating mini-stories at the Powell Street Festival, August 2017.
Live and recorded presentations on science, history and fun, with yours truly.
Reading from Peach Girl and chatting with students about writing, creativity, storytelling and Japanese culture.
I'm available for bookings.
My Baachan: A Japanese Canadian History
An illustrated talk on Baachan, my paternal grandmother and Japanese Canadian history. I have presented this as part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum speaker series (Feb. 2018), for ESL classes at UBC, and for elementary schools (Gr. 5).
Powell Street Historical Walking Tour
Walked and talked about the Japanese Canadian community that once thrived along Powell Street in Vancouver, on behalf of the Nikkei National Museum.
Powell Street Festival
Read my picture book Peach Girl with poet and translator Sally Ito. August 2017.
"Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me" Podcast
Alexis Jensen and I originally developed the “Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me” podcast to discuss Japanese Canadian stories for the Nikkei National Museum. I carried on with other members of the NNM staff.
Podcast: Sounds Japanese Canadian To Me
Co-host half-hour podcast about Japanese Canadian history and culture.