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"Finding Japan: Early Canadian Encounters with Asia – A lecture commemorating the 85th anniversary of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations"

Finding Japan: Early Canadian Encounters with Asia

‬To mark the 85th anniversary of the establishment of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations, the Embassy, in cooperation with the Japanese Association for Canadian Studies (JACS), will organize a special presentation by former Canadian diplomat in Tokyo Anne Park Shannon, who will explore the origins of the Canada-Japan relationship through a remarkable collection of period images from her book, Finding Japan.

What stands out in this vibrant history of interaction is "the extraordinary power of connection" – the sparks of energy between people that cut through cultural difference and gave rise to some surprising links between Canadians and Japanese – including prominent figures like Yukichi Fukuzawa, Hirobumi Ito, and Hanako Muraoka.‬

Following her presentation, Ms. Shannon will be joined in discussion by Professor Toshihiro Tanaka, historian and Vice President of JACS.‬

Please join us for what promises to be a very interesting event.‬

Book Information:

Anne Park Shannon

Title: Finding Japan: Early Canadian Encounters with Asia
Author: Anne Shannon
Publisher: Heritage House, 2012

Guest Speakers:

  • Ms. Anne Park Shannon, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria

  • Professor Toshihiro Tanaka, Reitaku University, JACS Vice President

Time: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 18:30–20:00 (Doors open at 18:00)

Place: Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre (B2 level)

Language: English/Japanese

Admission: Free – advance registration required

Organizer: Embassy of Canada

Collaboration: The Japanese Association for Canadian Studies

Please register by e-mail by Friday, October 3, clearly indicating the information requested below in your message. Registration will be closed when full.

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