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Tamio Wakayama
Madeira Park (B.C.), Harbour Publishing, 1992. 168pp, cloth, $29.95
ISBN 1-55017-062-7. CIP.

Grades 7 and up/Ages 12 and up

Reviewed by Grace Shaw .

Volume 21 Number 3
1993 May

Canada's literary scene finally includes Strong, expressive ethnic voices. Among the most articulate are those of the Japanese-Canadian community, and we laud and celebrate the release of Kikyo, Tamio Wakayama's Coming Home to Powell Street. His second book/exhibit depicting the years of Japanese-Canadian history, Kikyo is a stunning collection o/112 duotone photo­graphs of fifteen years of the Powell Street Festival, mirroring its varied arts and observers, and interwoven with over 80 poignant oral histories. It is a celebration of a spiritual homecoming, a personal journey, and a journey of the entire Nikkei community. Tamio's introduction lets us view and share his life as a child internee, as a civil rights activist, and as a sharer of culture and art.

Published fifty years after internment and almost five after official redress and apology, the book itself becomes a healing for all Canadians, although Paul Wong's afterward is a sharp and incisive reminder that racism is not entirely vanquished in this country.

A glossary, photo key and identification of a whole community of contributors complete this excellent book.

Highly recommended for all ages. Keep it to enjoy or give it as a gift to enrich the receiver.

Grace Shaw teaches humanities at the King Edward Campus, Vancouver Community College, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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