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We Should Know Each Other - April Session
Thu, 13 April 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Inspired by an idea from Joy Kogawa, this series is designed to create a space for conversations with these Japanese Canadians and the broader JC community. Encouraging dialogue, reconnecting over common interests and priorities, and opening doors to creating a vibrant inter-generational community.We are thrilled to annouce Mio Adilman, Sachiko Murakami and Kelly Fleck for our April conversation session.
Mio Adilman currently produces audio documentaries for a variety of podcasts. In particular: Work In Progress, about how people derive identity and meaning from their careers.
Mio has enjoyed a long career in radio, television and film as a host, actor, writer, reporter, director, and producer. He has frequently collaborated with his brother Nobu.
Career highlights include: weekly contributor on CBC Radio's Q; actor on Trailer Park Boys; host of CBC TV's Smart Ask! and ZeD; and award-winning director of short film Unlocked (TIFF, Reel Asian).
Other credits: As It Happens, DNTO (CBC Radio); Living in Toronto, Play (CBC TV); producer, theZoomer and Healing Yoga (ZoomerMedia); actor on Flashpoint, The Strain, Hannibal.
Mio's mother is Toshiko Adilman. She moved to Toronto from Tokyo in 1964. The majority of Mio's relatives live in Tokyo.
Sachiko Murakami: Japanese Canadian history is a very real part of Sachiko Murakami's own family history and one she bravely shares in her poetry. She is the author of poetry collections, The Invisibility Exhibit (2008), Rebuild (2011) and Get Me Out of Here (2015)
Murakami's first collection of poems, The Invisibility Exhibit, was written during the time of missing women in downtown Vancouver, followed by the intense media coverage and conviction of notorious serial killer Robert Picton. Murakami explores the dichotomy of a marginalized and invisible community surrounded by sensational media coverage. The book was a finalist for the Governor General Literary Awards for Poetry.
Murakami currently sits on the Talonbooks editorial board and edits poetry for Insomniac Press.
Kelly Fleck is the editor of the Nikkei Voice, a Japanese-Canadian national newspaper. As a recent graduate for Carleton University's journalism and communication program, she volunteered with the paper for four years before taking on the job. Working at Nikkei Voice, Fleck has her finger on the pulse of Japanese Canadian culture and community.
The Nikkei Voice is an important medium for Japanese Canadian expression and communication. The paper was founded in 1987 as a vehicle to inform the Nikkei about the Japanese Canadian redress movement. It has now evolved into a cornerstone for Japanese Canadian culture and community.