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Miki gets career achievement award

May 3, 2007

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SFU English professor Roy Miki, a Governor General award-winning poet, received a career achievement award April 11 from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA/BC). Miki's 1998 book, Broken Entries: Race, Subjectivity and Writing, built on his earlier academic work and the public impact of Joy Kogawa's 1980 novel Obasan, about the Japanese internment in Canada, to help establish Asian Canadian literature as a legitimate and important field of study. That achievement alone might have earned Miki the award, but his lifelong commitment to social justice and his scholarship and writing in service of the Japanese Canadian redress movement sealed the deal.

Working with his brother Art, the redress movement's leader, Miki played a key role in obtaining financial compensation from the federal government for camp internees and their families. His 2004 book, Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice chronicled those events. Miki's writing and voluntary contributions were recognized in 2006 with the Order of Canada, SFU's Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy and the university's Thakore Foundation award. CUFA/BC represents more than 4,300 professors, instructors, professional librarians and academic staff in B.C.

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