Documentation:Bibliography of Source Materials in Japanese Studies/Subject areas/Indigeneity and anti-colonialism

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UBC Research Guide for Asian Canadian History and Archives

  • The fonds and collections included here contain the records of Japanese Canadians, various associations by and for Japanese Canadians, and non-Asian creators whose records contain information relevant to Japanese Canadians. They include the records of those who were/are farmers, religious leaders, writers, teachers, and activists, among other professions, in addition to multiple research collections focused on chronicling the Japanese Canadian experience. [1]


Joy Kogawa fonds

  • Joy Nozomi Kogawa (nee Nakayama) is a renowned writer who was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1935 to Japanese Canadian parents. In addition to the honorary degrees she received from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and the University of Lethbridge in 1991, Kogawa has been granted degrees from Simon Fraser University, Laurentian University, and the University of British Columbia. She has won many awards for her 1981 novel, Obasan, which chronicles the internment and persecution of citizens of Japanese descent by the Canadian government during WWII, all from the perspective of a child. For her work, she was awarded the Order of Canada in 1986. [2]
  • The fonds consists of material related to Kogawa's writing projects, her personal life, her involvement in community organizations, and her participation in literary, cultural, and human rights conferences and events.[3]
  • For more information and access to the fond, please visit


Tairiku Nippō (Continental Daily News)

  • Published in Vancouver between 1907 and 1941.
  • "The paper, predominantly written in Japanese, was an important source of information for Japanese immigrants to British Columbia. The Nippō sheds light on the Japanese-Canadian community previous to the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II."[4]
  • "The University of British Columbia Library owns the only known collection of the Nippō, and the digitization of the paper was funded by the University as part of its Japanese Canadian Student Tribute, honouring the 76 Japanese-Canadian students who could not finish their UBC degrees or were not able to attend graduation ceremonies as a result of the 1942 internment."[5]
  • For more information and photo copies of this newspaper, please visit the UBC library guide for Tairiku Nippō

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Bibliography of
Source Materials in
Japanese Studies
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About this Bibliography
This open bibliography will provide an overview of foundational sources and tools in Japanese studies. It is currently being developed by students in ASIA 521A.
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  • Please visit Documentation:JB for the workspace for developing this bibliography.
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