Derek Iwanaka


Born in New Westminster in 1975

Raised in Coquitlam until nearly 21 years of age and then moved out of my parents’ home to live in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver with some friends from 1997 to 1999.  My first trip to Japan was in 1997 and I spent about three months living in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Chiba. Eventually I moved to Prince George from 1999 to 2001 and then lived in Japan from 2001 to 2002. I moved back to Vancouver in 2002 and have continued to live here until the present.

I identify as Japanese Canadian