about the project.

The Suitcase Project asks yonsei and gosei (fourth and fifth generation Japanese Canadians and  Americans) what they would pack if uprooted from their homes in a moment’s notice.

While these descendants of the internment and incarceration may never have to endure the same forced uprooting as their ancestors, Kayla Isomura’s work examines how they, and those descended from families who experienced other forms of discrimination, remain affected by this history today through a series of photographs, short films and interviews.

Over the course of nearly three months, more than 80 subjects ranging in age and background shared their stories from cities in British Columbia, Canada and Washington, USA.

acknowledgements.
    MEDIA
    April Alayon
    graphic design
    Garin Fahlman
    music composition
    Mark Yuen
    videography

    NNMCC STAFF
    Carolyn Nakagawa
    Connie Ho
    Joe Liao
    Karah Goshinmon
    Kimberly Cielos
    Li Xin Shi
    Linda Kawamoto Reid
    Lisa Uyeda
    Lucy Sun
    Mieke Rodenburg
    Nathalie Lim Picard
    Nichola Ogiwara
    Sherri Kajiwara
    PROGRAMMING
    Genevieve Fleming
    Jennifer Spence
    Laura Fukumoto
    Leanne Dunic
    Powell Street Festival
    Tamlyn Tomita
    Yoriko Gillard
    Yoshié Bancroft

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
    Densho
    East Van Graphics
    Erin Shigaki
    Hieu Nguyen, The Lab
    John Endo Greenaway
    Kiku Hughes
    Mitchell Press
    Shrapnel Design
    Sonray
    University of Victoria’s Students of Colour Collective
    VOLUNTEER + SUPPORT
    Deanna Cheng
    Denise Isomura
    Erica Isomura
    Kendall Yamagishi
    Kevin Isomura
    Jane Shi
    Joseph Shōji Lachman
    Michael Nguyen
    Naomi Harrington & the Woodland House Collective
    Ren Ito
    Sophie Yamauchi
    Sue Louie
    Will Flowers
    Aaron Nabata
    Alison Shigaki
    Andrew Hamada
    Aya Bisbee
    Beatrix Gibbs
    Brendan Takata
    Caio D.
    Carly Yoshida-Butryn
    Carmel Tanaka
    Christina Shimizu
    Christine Kondo
    Cole Isomura
    Danielle Higa
    Ellen Ito
    Ely Kennedy
    Emiko Ohama
    Emily-Rose Unger
    Erica Isomura
    Erin Shigaki
    Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor
    Hero Iverson
    Hunter Ferance
    Jeff Sakamoto
    Jeff Tanaka
    Jennifer Spence
    Jessie Isomura
    Jonas Sparks
    Joseph Shōji Lachman
    Judy Nakamura
    Kai Randolph
    Kai Trattle
    Kailey Fukushima
    Kaya Kurz
    Keiko Jacobs
    Kelli Yakabu
    Kelty McKinnon
    Kiku Hughes
    Kiran N.
    Kiyomi Gainor
    Laura Fukumoto
    Lauren Waudé
    Leo Costanza
    Liz Oyama-Adams
    Lynne Onishi
    Mari Hirabayashi
    Mariko Adams
    Mariko Sparks
    Marissa Fujimoto
    Matt Cooper
    Megan Harrington
    Michele Costanza
    Mike Nakatsu
    Miki Dare
    Nadine Nakagawa
    Naomi Fuglem
    Naomi Harrington
    Natalie Murao
    Nicole Okano
    Nicole Yukiko
    Ren Zimmermann
    Ronan Ferance
    Ryan Lang
    Sachi W.
    Sandra Hirota
    Shannon Urabe
    Shari Nakagawa
    Sophie Yamauchi
    Stephanie Ikeda
    Susan Sakamoto
    Sylvie Shiosaki
    Toshiko Hasegawa
    Tor Ulstein
    Tara Kurz
    Tara Tamaribuchi
    Thomas Ikeda
    Theodore Kennedy
    Vaughn Jacobs
    Vince Schleitwiler
    Violet Iverson
    Wade Jacobs
    Xauni D.
    Yumi Nakatsu-Ariura
    Yuuna Hee-Young Tajiri