ノーム・マサジ・イブキ

(Norm Masaji Ibuki)

オンタリオ州オークビル在住の著者、ノーム・マサジ・イブキ氏は、1990年代初頭より日系カナダ人コミュニティについて、広範囲に及ぶ執筆を続けています。1995年から2004年にかけて、トロントの月刊新聞、「Nikkei Voice」へのコラムを担当し、日本(仙台)での体験談をシリーズで掲載しました。イブキ氏は現在、小学校で教鞭をとる傍ら、さまざまな刊行物への執筆を継続しています。

(2009年12月 更新)

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絆:ニッケイ・ストーリー ~東日本大震災から~

Linda Ohama’s Message of Hope for Tohoku

I am very proud to say that my friend film maker/poet/artist Linda Ohama of Vancouver has spearheaded some of the most ambitious relief efforts for the Tohoku tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan. Immediately after the March 11th catastrophe, Linda was organizing a fundraising concert that took place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre that raised over $200,000 and featured classical pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the many other Vancouver and Lower Mainland artists. After that, she immediately launched a nationwide “Canada-Tohoku Kids for Kids Cloth Letter” which has taken on a fa…

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5 Months after the Disaster & So Much Yet To Do…

After the disaster on March 11th, the narrative then takes on a life of its own. The stories are raw, shot-in-the-stomach visceral, agonizing; they ripped through the soul. We Nikkei around the world were scrambling to help in whatever way we could. The pain and suffering of the victims and the survivors was palpable and, personally, with so many friends in Sendai, which was spared the worse of it, the connection is there. There are so many stories. Tomo and his family left Sendai to spend time in Vancouver. I’d heard stories from friends about buildings that had collapsed; gas, elec…

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70 Years After the University of British Columbia Nisei ‘Expulsion’

The story of the Nisei who were “expelled” from the University of British Columbia in 1941-42 has struck a strong chord with our Nikkei community. Thanks largely to the efforts of retired B.C. high school teacher Mary Keiko Kitagawa, there is now a Canada-wide effort to right this 70-year-old wrong. On the surface, anyway, resolving this issue seems simple. The committee at UBC that is studying this should recommend that honorary degrees be given to the few Nisei survivors and the families of former students, just as some American universities have done. Even if UBC did not le…

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Book Review: Adios to Tears

Adios to Tears is the remarkable story of a Japanese immigrant to Peru who lost his home and business and joined thousands of other innocent Japanese immigrants in Central and South America who ended up interned in American concentration camps during World War Two. What makes this autobiography, Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee in U.S. Concentration Camps by Seiichi Higashide (1909-1997) such a compelling read is that it traces the determined journey of his life from Hokkaido, Tokyo, then on to Peru, U.S. concentration camps during World War Two, then Chicago and…

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A Eulogy for Mom

My mother, Sumiko ‘Sue’ Ibuki (nee Hayashida) passed away suddenly on June 22, 2011. I’ve been meaning to write about her life for a while since the stories of our Canadian Nisei are quickly disappearing from the community coffers, as well, so, I hope that you will indulge me if I make some small amends for this at this time. Mom was born in New Westminister, British Columbia, on September 6, 1934, despite her birth certificate saying “Oct. 6th”. The story is that her father, Tatsukuro, was tardy in registering her so, rather than incur a fine he simply chang…

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