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Hope Talk: A Canadian Identity Story

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Terry Watada is a poet, novelist, short story writer, historian, playwright, columnist, essayist and music composer. Terry’s work has been much anthologized, and his newest novel will be available this summer. Set in Vancouver in the 1940’s, The Three Pleasures is the story of three Japanese Canadians and their plight against the Canadian government. Each in pursuit of a different pleasure, their passionate struggle is told through a young reporter for the New Canadian, the only Japanese-Canadian newspaper allowed to keep publishing during the war. Growing up as virtually the only Japanese Canadian in his Toronto neighbourhood, Terry has seen a side of Canada experienced by a relative few. However the impact runs deep and its effects are seen by many communities today. Both Terry’s story and his newest novel are insightful to a Canada that celebrates diversity and reconciles the past with a brighter future.


2017 年的今天,多元新移民在加拿大是極為常態,尤其是溫哥華,處處可見不同膚色的面孔。但是你能夠想像,四十年前的加拿大,身為一個日本新移民面對是什麼樣的社會嗎? Terry Watada 是家族移民至多倫多後的第四代,小時候他是社區中少數的日本移民,這樣的成長背景與過程帶來很深刻的體悟。作為小說家、詩作家、劇場寫作家和詞曲創作家,Terry Watada的創作題材,來自於面對整個社會及社會認識他的過程中,相互磨和、交流及慢慢前進的歷程。他改編自身經驗及加拿大日本社區的發展故事,寫作成含義豐富的小說作品;Terry Watada以寫作的形式,尋找自己的根源,定義自己的文化背景,探索日本文化在加拿大落地生根後的自我認同。 Terry 的創作被大力的認可及表揚,多倫多大學在圖書館特別設置Terry Watada 的作品收藏區,最新的小說也即將在暑假出版。Terry 即將在台灣文化節的希望講堂,分享自己一路走來的故事。



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