Here are some projects I've curated, researched, written or somehow contributed to.
Researched and wrote exhibit content about the history of immigration to Canada, designed an interactive game, and drew this photo op. Richmond Museum, 2017.
Researched and wrote descriptions of Canadian inventions as part of the Made in Canada exhibit at Science World BC, 2017.
Researched and wrote banners on three values important to the Japanese Canadian community. Nikkei National Museum 2017.
(Photo: NNM 2010.23.2.4.708
Worked with staff at the Royal Alberta Museum to develop engaging natural and human history exhibit text for younger visitors (2015-2016) for the new Museum set to open in Edmonton in 2018.
Wrote the text for this interactive children's play area at the Vancouver Aquarium, re-designed by W3 (2014).
Researched and organized materials about the history of Japanese Canadians for the City of Richmond (2013-2014)
Researched background information on sustainability for the Ken Spencer Science Park at Science World (2012).
Co-curated with Director Beth Carter of the Nikkei National Museum to work with the Nikkei Fishermen's Committee on content and W3 on design (2013).
Interviewed members of Karen community about their lives in refugee camps and uprooting from Burma, collected artifacts, curated display at the Surrey Museum (2012). A moving experience for me.
Developed concepts, researched, and wrote content for Our World gallery on sustainability for Science World (2002).
Fun, interactive, informal learning opportunities for various ages that I developed.
Developed Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary programs and teacher guides to complement the interactive exhibits (2016).
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).
Created programs for schools and the public on Sports, Colour, and Biodiversity as Teacher/ Curator at Science World British Columbia (1998-2004).
Developed and delivered educational programs on Japanese Canadian history and Japanese culture as Education Coordinator at the Nikkei National Museum (2010-2011).
Live and recorded presentations on science, history and fun, with yours truly.
Read my picture book Peach Girl with poet and translator Sally Ito. August 2017.
A family workshop on creating mini-stories at the Powell Street Festival, August 2017.
I delivered a 2 hour session on writing and re-writing for writers 11 to 13, as part of the Vancouver Public Library Book 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
Reading from Peach Girl and chatting with students about writing, creativity, storytelling and Japanese culture.
I'm available for bookings.
45-minute talk with pictures about my grandmother (Baachan) and the history of Japanese Canadians, presented on behalf of the Nikkei National Museum.
Co-host half-hour podcast about Japanese Canadian history and culture.
Walked and talked about the Japanese Canadian community that once thrived along Powell Street in Vancouver, on behalf of the Nikkei National Museum.