The Asian Holocaust: Renowned Canadian Authors Speak

Wednesday October 30, 2013, Confucius Institute Edmonton (CIE)

Local volunteer group Edmonton ALPHA announced today that internationally-recognized Canadian writers, Erna Paris and Joy Kogawa, will address students in several Edmonton senior high schools on November 21 and 22. In addition, the authors will address a symposium, entitled Why History Matters: The Need for Learning about the Past so that We Can Avoid a Catastrophic Future 1:30 Saturday, November 23rd. The Confucius Institute. Free Admission.

Award-winning historian Erna Paris, author of Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History, will talk to students about how unaddressed war crimes continue to impact our lives today, and the need for survivors to seek justice and reconciliation. In her public lecture War Crimes: Why Germany Remembers, Why Japan Forgets, and What Can Be Done, Ms. Paris will speak about the legacy of Imperial Japan’s war of aggression and why this continues to matter in today’s world.

Poet and novelist Joy Kogawa personally suffered internment in the Rocky Mountains during WWII. Author of several novels, including the award-winning Obasan and its sequel Itsuka, Kogawa will share her experiences and how they have prompted her to speak about the importance of education and reconciliation in today’s world.The Edmonton Chapter of the Association for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (ALPHA) has invited these two remarkable women to our city. ALPHA asserts that certain events, such as those that occurred in Asian-Pacific regions in the decades leading up to the War’s end in 1945, continue to fuel feelings of distrust and intolerance between peoples of different cultures, beliefs and economic systems. The group strives foster true reconciliation and enduring peace between peoples.

A number of organizations are helping sponsor the speaking engagements, including the China Institute at the University of Alberta (CIUA), the Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE) and the Chinese Graduates Association of Alberta (CGAA).More information about Edmonton ALPHA is posted online at:

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