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ACAM Farewell Party for Joanna Yang
August 22, 4pm - 5:30pm 
Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College

On July 1, Joanna Yang left her role as Program Manager of ACAM in order to take up a position as Finance and Academic Manager at St. John’s College, UBC. While she will be greatly missed, this is an exciting opportunity and we wish her all the best in this new role.

Since becoming Program Manager, Joanna has contributed tremendously to ACAM. Among many initiatives, she arranged and organized the move to our new offices last year, led the planning process for our Day of Learning on Japanese Canadian internment last fall, and worked tirelessly to build the capacity of our student leadership team. Joanna’s dedication is well known to many of our community partners and supporters as well as our students. As a program, we have benefited tremendously from her wisdom, experience, and energy. To express our gratitude to Joanna and wish her well on her next steps, we will be hosting a reception in her honour on Wednesday August 22 at the Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College. All members of the ACAM community are warmly invited to attend.

ACAM 250 'The Idea of Asian Canadian in Popular Culture' - Register now!
Offered in September 2018

This course will examine popular culture as a site in and through which Asian Canadian identities and collectivities are produced. The depiction of Asian Canadians in diverse realms of popular culture, including pop culture created by Asian Canadians themselves, will be used as an entry point into our examination of Asian Canadians’ socio-economic conditions, histories and political communities.

This course will also feature a number of guest speakers including a public Q&A event with Simu Liu. Simu Liu is an actor, writer and producer best known for his role as Jung on the hit CBC comedy Kim's Convenience. He is an ACTRA Award Winner as well as a Canadian Screen Award and Dora Award Nominee. His past credits include major roles on NBC's Taken, OMNI's Blood and Water and most recently the digital series YAPPIE created by Wong Fu Productions. Simu develops many of his own projects through his production company 4:12 Entertainment, named after the day he was laid off from his job as an accountant. 

Register here

ACAM Dialogues on Mental Health – Call for student committee volunteers!

The ACAM Dialogues on Mental Health in Asian Canadian Communities is looking for students who are interested in volunteering for the Dialogues as part of the organizing team for the 2018/19 series. This project is a student-led, student-centered series of events that invites conversations around questions like: what do mental health and wellness mean in the context of Asian Canadian communities? How do we talk about different experiences and stories within and across the idea of “Asian Canadian”? What does collective support and dialogue look like for students on campus and beyond?

To learn more or volunteer, please fill out the following survey by Saturday, August 11th.

Link to survey here

Course feature

ACAM 390: The Heritage of Chinese Migration

This summer, 20 students from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems travelled to Hong Kong and Kaiping, China to research the heritage of Chinese migration.

Taught by History professor Henry YuACAM 390A (a Go Global seminar) gave students an opportunity to  consider community-based, ethical practices while conducting research in a global setting. Students delved into research themes such as the changing nature of food traditions and practices over time and space, food as a form of medicine, and diasporic relationships to heritage and home.

Upon arriving in Kaiping, in the “Szeyup” region in Guangdong Province, students were immersed in the heritage and culture of rural Szeyup environments through a combination of workshops, field trips, and lectures by local experts. The students also participated in day-to-day activities, such as helping local villagers prepare meals or wash dishes, to gain exposure to local knowledge, practices, and customs surrounding food.

Read more about ACAM 390 here

Community Events

Chinatown Summer Events
Various dates, August - September 2018

Former ACAM 390 students will be showcasing their Virtual Reality project at the Chinatown Popup Market every Sunday at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen courtyard. Join them for a screening of "distant wor(l)ds," a short Virtual Reality (VR) film that features their artistic exploration into the sounds, feelings, and surroundings of Hoiping (Kaiping 開平) as the "hometown of overseas Chinese".
The Suitcase Project: Artist Talk
August 11 | 2pm - 4pm 
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

In less than seven months, Kayla Isomura produced The Suitcase Project from start to installation with ongoing support from the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. During this time, more than 100 individuals in Canada and the United States signed up to participate in this project-turned-exhibit. 

Join Kayla, curator and photographer of The Suitcase Project, and videographer Mark Yuen for this artist talk. Over three months, more than 80 yonsei and gosei (fourth and fifth generation) Japanese Canadians and Americans took part in the final production from across Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley to Vancouver Island, and Washington, USA. Learn how The Suitcase Project came together, listen to anecdotes from the journey, and ask your questions.
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