Thinking Women – The Life and Work of Michiko 'Midge' Ayukawa (1930-2013)

March 08, 2016
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Community event
Maclaurin D116

An Ayukawa Commemorative Event for International Women's Day 2016

Dr. Ayukawa wrote extensively on the challenges faced by Japanese Canadian women historically—poverty, racism, violence—and the resilience they displayed in meeting those challenges. Many of these issues remain with us. Join us to learn and reflect on the life and work of this remarkable scholar.


  • Patricia Roy History
  • Christine St. Peter Gender Studies
  • Hiroko Noro Pacific and Asian Studies
  • Patti Ayukawa Family

In Memory of Michiko ‘Midge’ Ayukawa 

Raised in the Strathcona area of Vancouver, Midge was uprooted and interned at Lemon Creek in 1942. The family relocated to Hamilton where Midge went on to a distinguished science career and raised a family. Returning to BC in 1980, Midge began a third career, earning a history MA and PhD at UVic and publishing her landmark article “Good Wives and Wise Mothers: Japanese Picture Brides in Early Twentieth Century British Columbia” (BC Studies), and Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada 1891-1941 (UBC Press, 2008). A moment to reflect on the past, and present.

Presented by the UVic department of History and the Ayukawa Commemorative Fund

Co-sponsored by:

  • Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
  • Department of Gender Studies
  • Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society