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Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata

Presented by the University of Alberta & Edmonton Japanese Community Association

This live theatre event runs May 5–7, 2022 at The Second Playing Space in the Timms Centre for the Arts at the University of Alberta (112 St and 87 Ave).

Showtimes and Tickets

Register for the showtime of your choice by clicking a date below.

1st Showing: Thursday, May 5, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
2nd Showing: Friday, May 6, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
3rd Showing: Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
4th Showing: Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Online Showing: May 11–31, 2022

Admission by Donation

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

About the Show

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.

In May, Asian Heritage Month, the Hirabayashi Anti-Racism Project will begin with the production of Hold These Truths and continue the discussion through expert panel discussions and community events in Alberta and British Columbia.

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)

The Hirabayashi Anti-Racism project was made possible through the financial support of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's National Anti-Racism Fund.

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


このたびの演劇は2022年5月5日から7日にかけて、アルバータ大学ティムズ芸術センター(112 St.と87 Ave)のセカンドプレイングスペースにて開催します。(全編英語での公演となります。)



上演1: Thursday, May 5, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
上演2: Friday, May 6, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
上演3: Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
上演4: Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
May 11–31, 2022





コロナ禍以降、カナダでもアジア人に対する差別が以前よりも多く見受けられるようになりました。ご高齢のアジア系カナダ人の中には自宅から出るのを不安に感じてらっしゃる方々もいます。『Hold These Truths 』はジャンヌ・サカタによる、ゴードン・ヒラバヤシ博士の生涯を描いた作品です。社会学者であるゴードン・ヒラバヤシ博士は、第二次世界大戦中の日系アメリカ人の強制収容に対し勇敢に抵抗し、その姿勢は北米中に変化をもたらす道筋を示しました。 ヒラバヤシ博士は没後の2012年に米国大統領自由勲章を受章しました。日系カナダ人の強制収容から80年の月日が経とうとしています。博士の物語は米国を起点としますが、カナダに住む日系人、日経コミュニティもまた同じような経験をしています。





  • アルバータ州政府
  • カナダ人種関係財団
  • アルバータ大学(高円宮日本教育学習センター、教養学部、演劇科、社会学科、 ティムズ・イノベーション基金、学長基金)
  • エドモントン日本文化協会(EJCA)
  • 全カナダ日系人協会(NAJC)


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