Lisa Uyeda

Lisa Uyeda is an archivist and a Nikkei Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese Canadian) with deep family roots in Vancouver’s historic Powell Street area. She holds a Masters Degree in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Born and raised in Toronto, Lisa volunteered and worked at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre where she documented over 100 oral histories, coordinated three conferences, and contributed to the early development of the Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre.

Lisa is currently the Collections Manager at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. In 2018, Lisa became a member of the Landscapes of Injustice Project Steering Committee and co-chair of the Archival Website cluster that will amalgamate the resources gathered and created by the project so as to foster future scholarly research and provide access to the Nikkei community and general public.

Well connected across the Nikkei community, Lisa serves on a number of volunteer committees that focus on Nikkei history, human rights, and young leadership. She is active with the National Association of Japanese Canadians and served as a Director on the National Executive Board and Chair of the Heritage Committee from 2014-2018. Lisa currently resides in Vancouver on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Updated February 2019

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Heritage Minute about Vancouver Asahi is a lasting legacy in 60 seconds

On a sunny October day, I made my way to Woodland Park to watch history being made. The legendary Vancouver Asahi had once again taken the field, or at least a very close replica. The story of the baseball team was being turned into a Heritage Minute, produced by Historica Canada, the first to narrate a significant moment in Japanese Canadian history. Japanese Canadians have called Canada home as early as 1877 and by the 20th century they too had found a love for baseball. The Asahi Baseball Team formed in 1914 in the heart of paueru-gai (Powell Town), now known as the historic Powell Street…

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The Japanese Canadian Experience Conference: Sharing Our Stories of the War Years - November 19-21, 2010

Frequently enough, people will approach me and inquire, “What are you?” To which I respond “Japanese of course.” But what does Japanese really mean to me? What happened to the Japanese population in Canada during World War Two (WWII)? How did the Japanese community become the way they are today? These are common questions amongst the Sansei, Yonsei and even Gosei and are questions that I find myself asking. I began to search for answers, and as a Yonsei of half Japanese descent I decided to ask, who I believed knew the answers, my Sansei father. He of course is very mu…

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