Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Henry Shimizu at The McPherson Library - Uvic


In 1999, Dr. Henry Shimizu created a series of oil paintings based on his
life as a teenager in the New Denver Japanese Internment Camp, BC, from
1942 to 1946. Images of Internment is an attempt to highlight the
activities and lifestyle of the internees in this camp; they are the
memories of a teenager and his friends.

According to Shimizu, despite isolation from mainstream Canadian Society
during this time, the development of young Japanese Canadians progressed
in almost the same pattern as any other Canadian teenager. One would have
thought that this internment experience would have embittered this group
and led to widespread despair and depression. Instead, says Shimizu, they
came away from the experience more determined to be successful Canadians,
contrary to the intention of those who promoted and carried out this
injustice of internment and exile.

Shimizu will also present a lecture on Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m. titled " A
Journey to the Past and Present: The History of the Japanese-Canadian
Internment in 1942 to 1946; Life in the New Denver Internment Camp" at the
Mearns Centre adjacent to UVic Archives.

This free exhibition runs November 19, 2011, to February 2, 2012, at the
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery on the lower level of the McPherson
Library, University of Victoria.

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