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Judge Maryka Omatsu

The Honorable Maryka Omatsu has been a judge for more than 20 years. Judge Omatsu is Canada’s first female judge of East Asian ancestry. In 2006 she founded the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Canada’s only Asian legal organization speaking on behalf of pan-Asian communities and legal professionals. Judge Omatsu practiced law in Toronto for 16 years, working in criminal, human rights, and environmental law. During the 1980s Judge Omatsu was a member of the National Association of Japanese Canadians’ strategy and negotiations teams. She helped her community win a hard-fought victory with the Civil Liberties Act in 1988, which addressed denial of civil rights, World War II incarcerations, loss of property, and the 1947 deportations to Japan. In 1992 Judge Omatsu wrote Bittersweet Passage: Redress and the Japanese Canadian Experience, which won two awards and was also published in Japan.

Articles written by this presenter are available on-line.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Border Crossings: A Comparative Assessment of Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Redress [AUDIO]
Art Hansen, Professor Emeritus, History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Joy Kogawa, Writer
Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Judge Maryka Omatsu

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Redwood A & B
Topic: Basic Introduction