2nd City Talks - Suspect Properties & Japanese-Canadian History

During the Second World War, the property of Japanese Canadians in coastal BC was seized and forcibly sold by the BC government. In "Suspect Properties: The Vancouver Origins of the Decision to Liquidate Japanese Real Estate," UVic history professor Jordan Stanger-Ross will demonstrate how ideas about the city—about neighbourhood and property—shaped the racialized policies that liquidated the property of dispossessed Japanese Canadians. Reference to these ideas about the city allowed bureaucrats to arrive at their decision without explicitly invoking racial tensions—thereby casting a longer shadow in the postwar period as explicit racism faded from public acceptability.

This is the focus of the second lecture in UVic’s City Talks series at the downtown Legacy Art Gallery. The first trio of talks—Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 22—is exploring the effects of the Asian diaspora on places as spaces unknown.

The free public presentations are held the third Thursday of the month at the UVic gallery. The format includes a Q&A session. More info:

What: “Suspect Properties: The Vancouver Origins of the Decision to Liquidate Japanese Real Estate” with Jordan Stanger-Ross, Department of History, UVic
When: Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St., Victoria
Admission is free.


Media contacts

>Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross (Department of History) at 250-721-7283 or

Kat Eschner (Coordinator of City Talks) at

Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or

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Keywords: City Talks, Japanese-Canadian, history

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