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Redefining Home: A Story of Japanese Canadian Resettlement in Toronto
The Campbell House Museum
Toronto, ON
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Redefining Home: A Story of Japanese Canadian Resettlement in Toronto
New exhibit at Campbell House Museum runs from March 1, 2019 until April 1, 2019.

Opening reception: February 28, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Please reserve your free ticket to confirm your attendance as space is limited.

Campbell House Museum invites you to discover the story of Harold and Hana Kawasoe, a young Japanese Canadian couple who lived in Campbell House's attic from 1948 to 1951. Opening on March 1, Redefining Home: A Story of Japanese Canadian Resettlement in Toronto follows Harold's and Hana's remarkable life journeys after they were forced from their homes in British Columbia in 1942.

During the Second World War, the Canadian government evicted 22,000 Japanese Canadians from their homes, confiscating and selling most of their possessions. Redefining Home follows Harold's and Hana's story, including the support they received from employer, friend, and ally C.F. Wood, whose Hobbs Glass business operated below their attic rooms in Campbell House. More broadly, the exhibit explores how Japanese Canadians overcame immeasurable loss and senseless discrimination to rebuild new homes and lives in Toronto.

Redefining Home features photographs, documents, and objects from the Kawasoe family, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, and the Nikkei Museum and Cultural Centre.  On display is Harold's personal photo album, containing never-before-seen images of Japanese Canadian life in internment camps, Ontario's labour camps, and mid-century Toronto family snapshots.  

The exhibition will also feature original art installations by Japanese Canadian artists Lillian Michiko Blakey and Laura Shintani. Their work reflects on the Japanese Canadian experience, following themes of resilience, loss, cultural adaptation, forgiveness, and the idea of unspoken stories.

This project is curated by Masters of Museum Studies candidates from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, Meghan Drascic-Gaudio, Hailey Graham, and Madeleine Howard.

Most often people think of Campbell House in the colonial era, forgetting that the building has been part of Toronto's history for nearly 200 years. This exhibit brings to light the slice of time shortly after the Second World War, when Hobbs Glass Co. shared the house with the Kawasoe family. I am grateful to the curators for placing this significant aspect of Campbell House's history within a national context.
Liz Driver, Director/Curator, Campbell House Museum

The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is committed to promoting Friendship through Culture.  Through partnerships with institutions like the Campbell House Museum and students from the University of Toronto, the JCCC is able to use our Archive and Collections to promote a broader understanding of Canadian history and Japanese Canadians within that narrative.
Theressa Takasaki, Archive and Collections Manager
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Offering a personal glimpse into nationwide history, Redefining Home - A Story of Japanese Canadian Resettlement will be on view at Campbell House Museum from March 1 to April 1, 2019.


The Campbell House Museum (View)
160 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H3H3


Arts > Visual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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