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59 articles make windows through time into the development of one of the founding communities of west coast, modern-day Canada.
The pieces span 1977 to 2019.
These reports, letters, presentations, and even theatrical scripts were first presented in conferences and festivals, and published in books, local newspapers, and international journals.
In his Selected Writings, Tatsuo Kage tracks the Japanese Canadian community’s migration. The people moved physically from Japan, and philosophically from the Imperial Era. They traversed integration in the wider Canadian society, and then - suddenly - faced displacement, internment, and exile. They took many steps and finally achieved redress.
Many continued along that path of redress to further postwar reconciliation: abroad and among communities within Canada.
This volume speaks clearly to community organizers; political leaders; and educators at all levels – with some similar content reduplicated from publication for different audiences. This book is for anyone who wants to understand what a multicultural society is made of and how to pursue pluralism.
With an introduction by John Price, Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; and a Foreword by Mikoto Yoshida, grandson of the author, an American citizen and veteran.
Available in print, Ebook, and PDF class sets for educators (see below).
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Tatsuo Kage is the author of Nikkei Kanadajin no Tsuihou, Akashi Shoten Publishers, Tokyo, 1998, and its English language version, Uprooted Again: Japanese Canadians Move to Japan after World War II, Ti Jean Press, Canada, 2012.
Dr. Kage worked as a Professor of Political Science and European History in Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, before immigrating to Vancouver, Canada, in 1975. His work in Canada spans immigrant service organizations, freelance research and writing, translating, and Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement implementation. In Vancouver he volunteered within numerous Japanese Canadian organizations and has been awarded the National Merit Award from the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC); the Certificate of Outstanding Service from the People’s Law School, Vancouver; the Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Award, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. He continues to offer editorial assistance to the Bulletinnews magazine, particularly in translating, and is a member of the NAJC Honorary Advisory Council.
“A historian’s passion that we must learn from history.”
“I found Tatsuo’s documentation really valuable and significant. I appreciated his focus on family relations, customs and practices in Ijyusha (immigrant) families. He has been a bridge between so many groups such as Nisei community activists, Ijyusha, Sansei and supporters of victims of Japanese militarism.”
“Upholding the principle of human rights for all is easier said than done. In addition to the redress movement for Japanese Canadians, Tatsuo has been integrally involved in advocating for other human rights issues, including the Asian Holocaust, as documented in many articles included in this book. I have personally witnessed Tatsuo’s extraordinary and unshakeable resilience in navigating the pressure to stop this work from people within his own community. In the spirit of justice, peace, and reconciliation, Tatsuo nonetheless pushes forward with steadfast resolve. His integrity of character, evident in his advocacy work, deeply inspires me.”
“Tatsuo Kage’s Migration, Displacement, and Redress brings to life the arc of multiple dislocations and the processes of repair. With a Trans-Pacific vantage point that focuses on postwar Japanese Canadians, Kage’s collected essays allow us to see the aftereffects of war in efforts to heal the traumas of wartime actions. A must-read for anyone interested in how the interconnections of migration, belonging, state violence, and reconciliation can be viewed from a comparative, transnational perspective.”
“Human rights activist, Tatsuo Kage provides a powerful argument for Japanese Canadian solidarity with other targeted communities. His call for Japanese Canadians, who successfully fought for and won redress, to shoulder the responsibility to lead and support claims by other groups who have been victimized by social injustice, is a call Japanese Americans are only now responding to. Kage's selected writings demonstrate a visionary's journey, constantly pressing forward to urge, educate, and inspire people of Japanese ancestry in Canada, the U.S. and in Japan, to reflect on one's history and moral authority to demand that justice be done.”
Reporting on the final success of the “Ienaga Textbook Case,” Supreme Court Verdict, Tokyo, after thirty years of campaign struggle. August 29, 1997. Photo by Tatsuo Kage.
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1997, Akashi Shoten, Tokyo
(Co-Editor) 1993, National Association of Japanese Canadians.