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In this Issue:
Become a Powell Street Festival Lifetime Member!
Powell Street Festival Society's Annual General Meeting is coming up!
Upcoming Job Opportunities at the Powell Street Festival

Community Events:
2013 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship
Call for Volunteers: Centre A 14th Annual Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction

Researching Japanese Canadians: Critical Questions/Creative Practices: A Roundtable Discussion

Not yet a Powell Street Festival Lifetime Member?

For only $12 you can become a Lifetime Member of the Powell Street Festival and receive reduced ticket prices on PSF seasonal and festival events as well as two issues of our mailed PSF Newsletter each year (which includes a sneak preview of each upcoming festival as well as notification on our special events!)

Please consider being a part of the Powell Street Festival Community as we continue to celebrate and recognize the strength and diversity of Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage in the Downtown Eastside!
If you would like to become a Lifetime Member today, please click HERE to print and fill out our membership form. Please mail cheques payable to 'Powell Street Festival Society' to our address:

Suite 410 -11
West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1H4, Canada

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Your generous support will go far in ensuring the Powell Street Festival can continue to be a free festival, and to support local artists and the growing community that is our home, thank you!

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Powell Street Festival Society's Annual General Meeting is coming up!

Upcoming JOB OPPORTUNITIES at the Powell Street Festival!

Photo credit: Tatsuya Sugiura
For the Festival season, we will be hiring two more positions to help fill out our Summer Staff: a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR and PRODUCTION COORDINATOR.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR (full-time contract position, May-August)

Working with the General Manager, Production Coordinator, board of Directors and core festival committees, the Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible primarily for filling all volunteer slots during Festival weekend. Duties include finding new sources for volunteers, organizing and leading Volunteer Orientation sessions, helping coordinate the Volunteer Appreciate Party, participating in day-to-day administrative work and necessary post-festival wrap-up. Applicants who are full-time returning students and 30 years of age or under will be considered in addition to non-student applicants (this position is potentially pending funding from HRSDC, dependant on candidate).
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR (full-time contract position, May-August)
Working with the General Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, board of Directors and festival core committees, the Production Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all details of Festival coordination, with particular emphasis on site coordination, equipment rentals, and liaising with community-based participants (performers, vendors, displays, community tent). Co-op students will also be considered for this position.
Deadline for applications is MONDAY, APRIL 1st 2013. Full job descriptions are available online at

*The Powell Street Festival Society is also looking for interns/volunteers to help out with work at our office! If you are interested in volunteer office work or would like to know more, please contact Kristen at


2013 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship

The Application Guide and Forms are now available for the Government of Japan's, 2013 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship!
These documents can be downloaded from the Consulate General of Japan's website HERE

The Japanese Studies Scholarship is aimed at undergraduate students attending university, who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Japanese language, culture and affairs.

Applicants should be:
* Ideally, currently enrolled in the 2nd or 3rd year of a full-time university or have completed at least one full academic year of university studies (by April 2013 for the 2013 scholarship year).
*Undergraduate students at a foreign (non-Japanese) university at the time of arriving in Japan and returning to the same foreign university, after completion of the scholarship, to complete a bachelor's degree program. (Students transferring from one college/university to another, after completing the scholarship, are not eligible.).
*Born between April 2, 198 and April 1, 1995 (for the 2013 scholarship year).
*Majoring in Japanese language or fields related to Japanese culture.
*Proficient enough in Japanese language ability to receive education at a Japanese university taught in Japanese.

The term of the scholarship is approximately one year, beginning in October 2013. Allowance is approximately 117,000 yen per month. Flight transportation from the recipients country of nationality to Japan and return is also covered. Terms subject to change.
Application forms may be submitted until Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver. Selected applicants will be asked to attend an interview and Japanese language examination at the Consulate in mid to late March. The exact date and time will be decided in the future.

For inquiries, please contact the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver by email: or phone: 604-684-5868.

Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) is currently seeking volunteer servers for their 14th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner and Art Auction taking place on the evening of Saturday, April 27th, 2013. The dinner will be a formal, banquet style service catered by The Lazy Gourmet. All volunteers are expected to attend an orientation closer to the date (to be confirmed). If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Natalie at for more information.

Researching Japanese Canadians: Critical Questions/Creative Practices

Hiromi Goto, Writer
Kelty McKinnon, Landscape architect
Roy Miki, Professor emeritus, SFU and Poet
Cindy Mochizuki, Artist
John Price, Associate professor, UVic
Grace Eiko Thomson, Curator, Researcher, Former Director of the Japanese Canadian National Museum and past President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians

Chaired by Kirsten Emiko McAllister (SFU)

Friday, April 5, 2013
Room HC 7000
(elevator access)
Harbour Centre
Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings St. Vancouver

This is roundtable discussion examines the role of research has played in the formation of the post-war Japanese Canadian community. During the 1970s and 1980s, especially during the redress movement, activists, artists, writers, academics and their allies, searched archives, interviewed community members, looked through family records and libraries to retrieve the factual and imaginative worlds that the government had attempted to erase from Canada’s social body during the 1940s. This research ignited a powerful body of critical and creative activity that includes literary texts, art projects, photography, film-video, performance/dance projects, reports & academic studies, festivals, exhibitions, memoirs and collaborations with other groups — in ways that continue to define, defy and transform what constitutes Japanese Canadians today.

The roundtable includes artists, writers, academics and community-based researchers who will discuss how their critical and creative practices draw on or challenge what is understood as “research”; what’s at stake for Japanese Canadians when it comes to researching, defining & representing their experiences, art forms, writing, identities, histories and experiences. What type of knowledge is being produced about them and what type of knowledge/imagery are they and their allies, in contrast,producing?

Sponsored by the Centre for Policy Research on Culture and Communities, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria Asian Canadian Research Group, the National Nikkei Museum and the Asian Canadian Study Society


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Powell Street Festival Society
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