Joanne Yuasa (BA, Religion, Literature, and Arts)

Joanne Yuasa is in her fourth year at UBC, majoring in Religion, Literature, and Arts, with a minor in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration. She is planning on furthering her education through a professional Masters program in Pastoral Studies in Toronto. She currently serves as an ordained priest of the Jodo Shin school of Buddhism, and her goal is to work as a chaplain and mental health therapist, offering care from a Buddhist approach. She is particularly grateful for the opportunity to have taken ACAM 320 “History and Legacy of the Japanese Canadian Internment,” in which instructor-elders Mary and Tosh Kitagawa along with Dr. John Price have opened her eyes, mind, and heart to the nuances, and responsibilities of being a Japanese Canadian.