The Maritime Museum of BC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the exhibit titled The Lost Fleet January to March, 2019. This exhibit will be on loan from the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The exhibit will feature artwork from local Japanese-Canadian artist, Marlene Howell.
The Museum will host a launch event for this exhibit, featuring three speakers: Dr. Jordan Stanger Ross, Michael Abe, and Dr. David Suzuki.
About the Exhibit
On December 7, 1941, the world was shocked when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, launching the United States into the war. This action also resulted in the confiscation of nearly 1,200 Japanese-Canadian owned fishing boats by Canadian officials on the British Columbia coast, which were eventually sold off to canneries and other non-Japanese fishermen.
The Lost Fleet looks at the world of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen in BC before the bombing of Pearl Harbour and how deep-seated racism played a major role in the seizure, and sale, of Japanese-Canadian property and the internment of an entire people.
Explore the legacy of these tragic events by considering the lessons that have been learned and how Canadian society has changed because of this experience. Visitors will be encouraged to consider whether the present political and economic climate is very different today; current legislation, policies and public sentiment about immigration invites the question of whether this type of injustice could be carried out against other groups.
Lost Fleet Exhibit Details
Dates: January 12 – March 31, 2019
Location: 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC
Hours of Operation: 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday
With featured Artist-in-Residence, Marlene Howell
See Marlene at the museum Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10AM-2PM, January 17-March 28, 2019