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Roy Miki fonds
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Flow

Series contains one file with various poems published in Flow (2018).

Awards and Honours

Series includes certificates, programs and letters of congratulations, and plaques for various awards (including the Order of Canada and Simon Fraser University Alumni award) and honours bestowed upon Miki.

Literary and Cultural Events and Conferences Participation Records.

Series consists of correspondence, programmes, papers, and press clippings relating to Miki’s organization of and participation in literary and cultural conferences, panels, talks, and other events, locally, nationally and internationally. Cultural events concern racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, and the Japanese Canadian experience.

Roy Miki fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1375
  • Fonds
  • 1912-2015, predominant 1967-2009

Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, pamphlets, academic papers, poems, research material, notes, transcripts, reports, submissions, agreements, minutes, programmes, photographs, and other material. Records relate to Miki’s writing and editing activities, his academic career, his involvement and support of the Japanese Canadian Redress movement, his participation in various literary and cultural events and projects, and his personal life.

Fonds has been arranged into the following ten series: Teaching and Academic Records (1971-2004); Interview and Sound Recording Project Records (1981-2005); Literary and Cultural Events and Conferences Participation Records (1987-2017); Japanese Canadian Redress and History Records (1942-2009); Personal and Miscellaneous Correspondence (194-2014); Writing and Editing (1912-2015); General Files (1962-2015); Awards and Honours (1990-2018); Ephemera and Memorabilia (1957-2009); UFFI action association (1982-1983).

Miki, Roy

Dolphin SOS

Series includes research materials, posters, and press for Roy and Slavia Miki's book Dolphin SOS (published 2014).

General Files

Series consists of records related to Miki’s literary, cultural, political, and academic activities. The series contains conference programs and abstracts, correspondence, travel itineraries and invoices, notes, reports, news clippings, forms, grant applications, research flies, articles, essays, and scripts, publication agreements, Miki’s curriculum vitae, audio and video recordings of conference proceedings and of Miki speaking, reading, performing, and being interviewed, award plaques and certificates, posters, and other records documenting the range of projects and activities that Miki has been involved in over four decades.

Ephemera and memorabilia

Sub-series contains announcements and invitations to literary and cultural events, plaques that Miki was awarded for his literary and political work, a t-shirt and posters advertising Miki’s 1960's rock and roll band Roy Miki and the Downbeats, two t-shirts and buttons advertising the redress movement, broadsheets with poems by Miki and one from the BC Heritage poetry festival which Miki compiled, posters announcing events that Miki participated in and advertising his publications, and two copies of a certificate from the Government of Canada officially acknowledging the redress settlement. Also contains audio discs Miki felt important to include with his work, as well as DVDs that include Miki in some way.

Writing and Editing

Series contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, notes, drafts, grant applications, transcriptions of interviews and conference proceedings, research material, news clippings, photographs, audio recordings, and other records related to Miki’s writing and editing activities and his role in organizing conferences for which he subsequently edited or co-edited the proceedings. Sub-series relate to monographs, journals, and conference proceedings that Miki wrote, co-wrote, edited, and co-edited, and other writing, editing, and lecture projects. Multiple and successive drafts of manuscripts document the development of Miki ‘s compositions.

Personal and Miscellaneous Correspondence.

Series consists of personal and miscellaneous correspondence of Miki, including letters. greeting and post cards, pamphlets. booklets, poems, and photographs. Includes correspondence with other writers, friends, colleagues, and students, as well as with publications to which he sent submissions. Includes also some correspondence of an academic nature.

Manuscripts: essays, poems, and presentations

Sub-series consists of drafts of essays, poems, and lectures that Miki wrote. The essays and lectures included in this sub-series are predominantly works of literary criticism related to Canadian poetry and political commentary and analysis on social and cultural issues related to race, racism, multiculturalism, and the Japanese Canadian redress movement. The sub-series also contains essays Miki wrote as a graduate student, a file of drafts related to an issue of the journal Estuaire which Miki guest edited, and reviews by Miki of works by other authors.

General events

Subseries consists of correspondence, programs, articles, draft speeches, speaking notes, press clippings, posters, photographs, and slides relating to Miki’s attendance and participation in literary and cultural conferences, panels, talks, and other local, national and international events. The majority of these cultural events concern racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, and the Japanese Canadian experience. The subseries also includes a photo album documenting Miki’s participation on the Canada Council’s Racial Equity Committee, the 1997 book launch of Roy Kiyooka’s Pacific Windows (edited by Miki), Miki’s 2003 trip to Japan with Hiromi Goto, Miki’s 2003 trip to Berlin with Glen Lowery to present a paper at the Free University of Berlin conference on multiculturalism, Miki’s 1999 trip to Australia with Ashok Mathur, Miki’s trip to the Alberta badlands with Scott McFarland for the Race/Pedagogy retreat, Miki’s 2000 Australia trip with a group of Canadian authors (including Ashok Mathur, Aruna Srivastava, Rajinder Pal, Hiromi Goto, Rita Wong, Larissa Lai, and Tamai Kobayashi), and Miki’s 2001 trip to Calgary for an exhibit curated by Harry Kiyooka.

The subseries includes slides used in a performance of “This is Munal Kitagowa” at Expo ’86 and a painting presented to Miki as a thank you gift for speaking as aguest writer for the “American Odysseys: Literary Explorations of Historic and Current Events in the Multicultural Americas” at Utah State University in 2008.

Subject files

Sub-series consists of records related to Miki’s personal, academic, literary, and political activities. The sub-series documents Miki’s participation on award selection committees, his trips abroad, his communications and work with the Canada Council for the Arts, his participation in various literary and political projects, and his dealings with Simon Fraser University, among other subjects. The sub-series contains award certificates presented to Miki, correspondence, notes, reports, travel itineraries, grant applications, research files, articles, essays, and scripts, publication agreements, Miki’s curriculum vitae, news clippings (many featuring Miki), audio recordings of Joy Kogawa speaking and reading and audio and video recordings of Miki speaking, reading, performing, and being interviewed for various radio, television, film and other programs.

General works correspondence, manuscripts and other material.

Subseries consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and drafts relating to the research, writing and publication of various works by Miki including books, poems, articles and correspondence with publishers (including Mercury Press Publishers Limited and Talon Books). The series also includes photographs and negatives of images used in several of Miki’s books including “This is my Own,” and scanned images used for “Justice in our Time.”

Mannequin rising

Sub-series consists of drafts and editor notes of Miki's book of poetry titled Mannequin Rising. The back cover on the book reads, "In Mannequin Rising, Miki describes a world of consumerism, and answers the visual cacaphony of commodities and window displays with a series of poems and photomontages that reflect the uncanny juxtapositioning he sees all around him."

Publications

Sub-series consists of published copies of chapbooks, monographs, journals, and conference proceedings that Miki wrote, co-wrote, edited, co-edited, and contributed to. Volumes are arranged chronologically according to date of publication except for poetry chapbooks which are located at the beginning of the sub-series.

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