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Posted: June 23, 2021

Free Talk – Memories of Japanese Migrant Sex Workers in Transpacific Kootenays

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Date(s) - 23/06/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Join the Cranbrook History Centre on June 23rd, 2021, to welcome Professor Ayaka Yoshimizu as our monthly Ed Talk speaker. She will give a presentation on the research that she conducted on the transpacific underground in Cranbrook and the East and Central Kootenays in 2018.

Please note: This presentation will contain discussions of sex work and may not be suitable for young audiences.

In her talk, Ayaka Yoshimizu will share part of her research on memories of Japanese women who were involved in the transnational sex trade in Japan and North American between 1850-1941. Her research identifies available traces of this elusive and repressed history and examines the ways in which the lives of those who survived the underground economy and their losses have been memorialized in art, literature, material objects and memorial places. This talk specifically highlights findings from her archival and fieldwork research in East and Central Kootenays and explores an ethical way to engage with this history.

Register at: https://www.cranbrookhistorycentre.com/event/memories-of-japanese-migrant-sex-workers-in-transpacific-kootenays/

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