The Paueru Gai Dialogues
Powell Street Festival Society announces an online program, The Paueru Gai Dialogues. In a series of 9 online events, BIPOC artists and activists will share their perspectives on current social issues. The project intends to inspire civic engagement and community building during the disruption of the enduring pandemic.
Executive director Emiko Morita says, “The Black Lives Matter protests and the widening gap between the privileged and marginalized populations have been amplified by the global health crisis. We cannot wait for the pandemic to pass to respond to these needs; this is the opportunity to create safe spaces where we can challenge ourselves to listen to difference and to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others, and to find ways to use any privilege that we might have for positive change.” Morita continues, “It is exciting to consider that we might take this moment to move beyond our Internment/model minority narrative, and to explore questions of accountability as settler-colonizers as we continue to grapple with our own history of displacement.”
Regarding the format of the event, Morita says, “We know ‘Zoom fatigue’ is a thing and we don’t want to waste people’s time. The Paueru Gai Dialogues is a free event but it does include an expectation of the audience/participants.”
After the panelists give 7–10-minute presentations that share their perspective on the dialogue topic, the participants will go into breakout groups. Participants will be asked to share their own experience or perspective on the given topic and to listen to the others in their group. Of course, the participant to choose to pass and the group facilitator will ensure the space promotes safety and inclusion for everyone. To wrap up the event, participants will reconvene to offer generative questions for further contemplation.
We are grateful for the financial and in-kind support of our sponsors.
The Paueru Gai Dialogues #5 The Changing Environment and Humanity Date: May 22, 2021Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM ESTFree admission. Registration Required. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/paueru-gai-dialogues-5-tickets-152781504593 Global warming and environmental protection are big inaccessible topics that point to news headlines, oil companies, pipelines and government policy.
The Paueru Gai Dialogues #4 Old Roots and New Relationships on Indigenous Lands Date: April 24, 2021Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM ESTFree admission. Registration Required. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-paueru-gai-dialogues-4-tickets-148815333669 How can Japanese Canadians request the return of lost property in the Powell Street neighbourhood without perpetuating colonial practices? Guest host Jeff Masuda and panelists Doris Chow,
The Paueru Gai Dialogues #3 On Memory, Mythmaking and Community Resilience Date: March 27, 2021Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM ESTFree admission. Registration Required. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-paueru-gai-dialogues-3-tickets-143858989109 What, if anything, have we learned from our past? Are there ways we can harness this renewed sense of connection to heal a fractured community and open the future
The Paueru Gai Dialogues #2 On Food & Culture for Community Building Date: February 27, 2021Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM ESTFree admission. Registration Required. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-paueru-gai-dialogues-2-tickets-139560295601?aff=erelpanelorg Guest host erica hiroko isomura will facilitate a discussion with panelists Carmel Tanaka, Kage, and Ingrid Mendez de Cruz as they share stories on how food and culture
The Paueru Gai Dialogues #1 Catalyzing Social Equity through Culture & Connection to Place Date: January 30, 2021 Time: 1PM – 3PM PST / 4PM – 6PM EST Free admission. Registration Required. Guest host Izumi Sakamoto will facilitate a discussion with three panelists — Ayumi Goto, Kathy Shimizu and Terry Watada — as they share their perspectives on how cultural