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Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata

Showtimes and Tickets

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Sun Dec 3, 2023, 7–9 pm
Telus International Centre, University of Alberta, Room 134
11104 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 0X8

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Tue Dec 5, 2023, 6–9 pm
Calgary Nikkei Cultural & Senior Centre
2236 29 Street SW, Calgary, AB T3E 2K2

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Wed Dec 6, 2023, 6–9 pm
Multicultural Centre
421 6 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0Y7

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Admission by Donation

Once you have successfully registered, please donate directly to the Gordon Hirabayashi Graduate Scholarship in Sociology.

About the Screening

Run time: Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes

Since the pandemic began, acts of anti-Asian racism have been on the rise in Canada, with some senior Asian Canadians saying they are scared to leave their homes. Hold These Truths shares the story of Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi, a man whose struggle against racism and injustice inspired change across North America. Ten years ago, Dr. Hirabayashi passed away and that same year was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. It has been 80 years since Japanese people were removed from our own BC coast to be forced into internment camps for the duration of WWII. Gordon’s story begins in the United States, but our own Canadian history mirrors the violent racism he and his community faced.

Production Team and Cast of Hold These Truths written by Jeanne Sakata

Gordon: Kevin Takahide Lee*
Kurogo: Paulina Kim
Kurogo and Movement Coach: Minggao Zhang
Director: Melanie Dreyer-Lude 
Set and Lighting Design: Whittyn Jason
Sound Design: Dave Clarke
Technical Director: Galen Hite
Stage Manager: Hunter Luth*
Producers: Amanda Bergen and Oliver Rossier

With support from: 

  • Government of Alberta
  • Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF)
  • University of Alberta (Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research, Faculties of Arts and Education, Departments of Drama and Sociology, Timms' Innovation Fund, President’s Fund) 
  • Edmonton Japanese Community Association (EJCA)
  • National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC)
  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance•Opera•Theatre Policy.

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