The Suitcase Project asks yonsei and gosei (fourth and fifth generation) Japanese Canadians and Americans what they would pack if uprooted from their homes in a moment’s notice.​

While these descendants of the internment and incarceration may never have to endure the same forced uprooting as their ancestors, Kayla Isomura’s work examines how they, and those descended from families who experienced other forms of discrimination, remain affected by this history today.

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The following excerpts are a handful of the 62 portraits from the final exhibition. To experience the full body of work, view our list of upcoming locations and dates or contact us to host the exhibition or to discuss educational opportunities.

"There’s this false idea that this happened in the past and that we’ve moved on."

"There’s this false idea that this happened in the past and that we’ve moved on."

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