Anne Park Shannon
Diplomat & Author
Westward Across the Pacific: Finding Japan
Reaching westward across the Pacific these days feels new – but how new really is it?
Canadian engagement westward across the Pacific began earlier, is more significant, and a lot more intriguing
than most of us realize. Beginning in 1848 when a young half aboriginal son of a Hudson’s Bay trader
smuggled himself into Japan disguised as a shipwrecked sailor.
Anne Park-Shannon’s luncheon talk will be based on her new book “Finding Japan”. It is a fabulous collection
of stories about Canadians whose lives were shaped by their encounters with Japan, and who laid the
foundations of Canada’s reach across the Pacific. Author Anne Park Shannon, former diplomat and member of
Finance Canada, will discuss the key surprises, drawing on some little known photographs and images.
11:30AM, WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2013
LUNCHEON MEETING AT THE UNION CLUB OF B.C., 805 GORDON ST.
$30 MEMBERS, $35 NON MEMBERS
$10 CIC STUDENT MEMBERS $15 NON MEMBER STUDENTS
RSVP MAUREEN BENNETT (MaureenBennett@shaw.ca or 250 385-8175)
BY SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2013 TO INDICATE WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO
ATTEND AND THE NAMES OF YOUR GUESTS and ANY DIETARY RESTRICTIONS