Stanley Fukawa

Region: Vancouver British Columbia
Generation: Nisei
Mission City British Columbia


Stanley Toshinori Fukawa is a Nisei sociologist, community organizer, historian and writer. He organized the Mid-Island Japanese Canadian Society, affectionately called the ‘Seven Potatoes’ (nana imo) Society and served as the writer/editor/publisher of their newsletter. He also wrote numerous articles for and served on the editorial committee of Nikkei Images, the journal of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. His invaluable contribution to Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast: Their Biographies and Photographs (2007) and Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: BC’s Japanese Canadian Fishermen (2009) was in the research and translation of Japanese language sources. Born in Mission City, BC, the Fukawa family relocated to Vernon in 1942 and returned to Mt. Lehman in 1949. Stanley graduated from UBC, having spent a year at Keio University in Tokyo. He continued his studies at the London School of Economics in England and the University of Michigan in the USA. As a writer/ translator, he collaborated with his wife, Masako in the production of teaching materials for teachers and students.