Nigel Town

Nigel Town is currently the Assistant Archivist at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. Their background is in museum and collections work, having worked for the Prince Albert Historical Society in Saskatchewan, the University of British Columbia as a Graduate Academic Assistant in Metadata for the Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal project, and for the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives (VPMA) in Vancouver, B.C. They hold a Bachelor of Arts in Honours English and are pursuing dual Master of Library and Information Studies and Master of Archival Studies degrees at the UBC School of Information.

Updated July 2022

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Kinori Oka’s Tanka Poem

Throughout this past year, the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre has collaborated with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to produce the forthcoming exhibit Women of Change: Celebrating Japanese Canadian Leaders. The exhibit highlights the activities and achievements of Japanese Canadian women and brings to light the strength, resilience, and contributions of these writers, activists, scientists, and more. A standout in the collection is the poetry of Kinori Oka, who came to Canada as the 23-year-old picture bride of Sanzo Oka—a man she had only briefly met before coming t…

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