Universal Limited’s Japanese Problem invites an audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination.

The piece exists in the contemporary moment simultaneously, where evidence of Hastings Parks’s former tenants has been erased, where survivors are uncertain if they want their names included in a memorial; and where refugees to North America are being treated in a fashion that is terrifyingly familiar.

Japanese Problem boasts an impressive roster of UBC alumni. Co-creators Yoshié Bancroft and Joanna Garfinkel, and collaborators Daniel Doerkson, Nicole Yukiko, Laura Fukumoto, and Carolyn Nakagawa share this story that, for some of them, is sadly their family’s history

*Japanese Problem is a title derived from the nomenclature of WWII, but containing in it the understanding that the citizens affected at the time were neither Japanese – they were overwhelmingly legal residents/citizens of Canada, nor problematic – with zero verifiable connections to activities against Canada

  • Fri September 22 – Sun September 24 | 7pm & 8pm
  • Wed September 27 – Fri September 29 | 7pm & 8pm
  • Saturday September 30 | 2:15pm & 3:15pm

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