2008 National Conference » Speakers

Norman Okihiro

Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Mount St. Vincent University

Norman R. Okihiro PhD is a Sansei whose paternal grandfather was a pioneer immigrant who became a labour contractor based in Trinidad, Colorado. Eventually the family moved to Vancouver where, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour, his parents were interned in Kaslo, a ghost town in the rugged interior of British Columbia for the duration of World War II. Towards the end of the war, all Japanese Canadians, whether born in Canada or not, were given the option of moving east of the Rocky Mountains, away from their pre-war Pacific coast communities, as a sign of loyalty to Canada, or be deported to war-ravaged Japan. Professor Okihiro was born in Toronto where the largest number of Japanese Canadians eventually ended up. Professor Okihiro received his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in Sociology from York University. He has written books in higher education and criminology. During the 1990’s, he received funding from the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation and interviewed over 100 Nisei and Sansei Japanese Canadians to examine the long-term impact of internment and relocation on their economic and social adaptation. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has recently turned his academic interest to the Japanese Diaspora and a comparative assessment of Nikkei adaptation wherever they have migrated in significant numbers.

Speaker Events

Friday, July 4

Perceived Threats: Being Persons of Japanese Ancestry in the Territory of Hawai`i and Canada During World War II
Lloyd Inui, Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach
Norman Okihiro, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Mount St. Vincent University
Greg Robinson, Associate Professor of History, Université du Québec À Montréal
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor
Topic: Passing It Forward