Kelly Fleck

Kelly Fleck is the editor of the Nikkei Voice, a Japanese-Canadian national newspaper. A recent graduate of Carleton University's journalism and communication program, she volunteered with the paper for years before taking on the job. Working at Nikkei Voice, Fleck has her finger on the pulse of Japanese Canadian culture and community.

Updated July 2018

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Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Kiyoko Sugimoto and Sakura Yoshida Explore Mixed-Race Identity in New Podcast

VANCOUVER — Kiyoko Sugimoto and Sakura Yoshida take a deep dive into what it means to be a mixed-race Japanese Canadian millennial in their podcast, The Hafu It. In the weekly, independently-produced, and unscripted podcast, the two women explore topics that range from the Japanese Canadian experience to current affairs and pop culture through humour and personal anecdotes.

The podcast, which launched in December, recently wrapped up its first season at the end of May. The season ended with a four-episode collaboration with the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (VJLS-JH) and the explorASIAN Festival for Asian Heritage …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Japanese Canadian Dance Artist Jennifer Aoki on Adapting and Being Creative During the Pandemic

VANCOUVER — Beautiful, otherworldly domes, filled with artistic displays of lanterns, light, tulle, and wings, illuminated downtown Vancouver this March.

Called “The Love Bubble Project,” the pop-up art installation included over a dozen “love bubbles” placed around downtown Vancouver for the public to discover each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Fridays, the love bubbles came to life with dancers performing inside. Within one of those love bubbles, creating improvised dance by responding to the music, people passing by, and the night’s energy was dance artist Jennifer Aoki.

“They’ve created these little worlds,” Aoki tells Nikkei Voice in an interview. …

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The My Sister Knows Why Podcast: When in Doubt, Ask Your Sister

Mississauga — Why does my body do that? Why do we get déjà vu? Does birth order affect personality and intelligence? Sisters Angela and Claudia Tanabe take on the questions that we may be embarrassed to ask but have crossed our minds in The My Sister Knows Why Podcast.

The Tanabes started the podcast in July as something to do while being stuck at home during the pandemic. Every Friday, they ask a new question—about anything or everything. In each episode, one sister presents their research around a particular topic, trying to teach the other something new while inviting …

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Exploring the Sprawling and Complex History of Japanese Canadian Gardens

CALGARY — Growing up, filmmaker Guillaume Carlier would visit a cabin on Trout Lake in British Columbia with his family. On the way, they would visit a Japanese garden in New Denver, built in the early 90s.

Called Heiwa Teien Peace Garden, it surrounds the buildings of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, the site of a former Japanese Canadian internment camp. The peace garden was designed by renowned gardener Roy Tomomichi Sumi. Sumi was interned at the New Denver internment camp during the Second World War. He went on to design and maintain beautiful Japanese gardens in Western …

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Exploring Secret Histories with Artist Cindy Mochizuki

VANCOUVER — Interdisciplinary artist Cindy Mochizuki explores a variety of mediums to create art that engages audiences with Japanese Canadian narratives and histories. Whether through painting, sculpture, drawing, dance, film, audio fiction, or even divination, at the heart of each project is thoughtful and thought-provoking storytelling, often about stories and moments overlooked in history.

This October, the Vancouver-based artist was recognized with the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award, a prestigious cultural award in B.C. The annual award does not accept applications or nominations. Instead, a selection committee from the art community selects three artists whose body of …

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