East of the Rockies

Posted on: March 4th, 2019
March 2, 2019 – March 16, 2019 all-day

The JCCC collaborated with Jam3 in bringing the East of the Rockies to the Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the interactive narrative experience.

East of the Rockies is an experimental augmented-reality narrative written by 83-year-old Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated literary figures. The story is told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War. As Yuki and her family adjust to their new reality inside the camp, they struggle to make life as normal as possible.

Users follow the story by tapping, swiping, inspecting and zooming in on key elements within each scene. Every interaction activates a piece of scripted narrative spoken by Joy’s own granddaughter, Anne. Spoken in the first person, each line illuminates a different aspect of life in the camp, as documented in Yuki’s journal.

Please stop by Reception to retrieve an iPad for use in the Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre.