Monday, April 27, 2009

My Mother's Story - May 10 2009 - Granville Island Stage - Vancouver British Columbia Canada

My Mother's Story at the Granville Island Stage

Mother's Day, Sunday May 10th, 2009 at 4 pm

Twenty of of Vancouver's best loved actresses collaborate to share inspirational, hilarious and unforgettable stories about Motherhood.

My Mother's Story combines the life stories of 20 extraordinary ordinary women as written and told by their daughters. Storytelling at its best, this 90 minute show documents the lives of women all over the world, all races, living through all kinds of heartache and joy.

My Mother's Story was presented in Vancouver for Mothers' Day in 2006, 2007 and 2008. This collaborative, evolving work all started with a five minute story about a mother told to Vancouver actor Marilyn Norry.

Marilyn Norry will be giving evening workshops May 14, 21, 28, and June 4 to encourage and assist those who'd like to write about their mother's lives. Space is limited, so sign up now.

The book, My Mother's Story, will be published this May.

There is now a website, My Mother's Story: The Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary Women, where both longer and shorter stories can be shared on-line, if wanted.

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For theatre tickets: 604-629-8849 or

Good Wives and Wise Mothers: Japanese Picture Brides in Early Twentieth-Century British Columbia - Talk May 15, 2009 - Burnaby British Columbia Canada

The Japanese Canadian National Museum and the Herstory Cafe present

Good Wives and Wise Mothers: Japanese Picture Brides in Early Twentieth-Century British Columbia

a talk by Dr. Michiko Midge Ayukawa

Friday May 15, 2009 at 7 pm

Without the large influx of Japanese wives following the Gentlemen's Agreement of 1907, permanent settlement of Japanese may not have taken place. These brave, enterprising and adventurous women laid the foundation of the society and molded the character of their Canadian-born children.

Guest speaker Michiko Midge Ayukawa lives in Victoria, British Columbia and has published widely on Japanese Canadian history.

Her most recent book is Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941, UBC Press 2008. A book signing follows the talk.

Rree admission; light refreshments

National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (at Kingsway & Sperling), Burnaby, BC

Telephone: 604 - 777 - 7000 ext. 109

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