ACAM Student Drop-In

Our October Student Drop-In schedule is here! These drop-in sessions are an informal opportunity for you to ask any burning questions about the program, learn more about the ACAM community, or simply hang out with the ACAM staff team. Come join us for an afternoon of conversation, studying, and snacking!

Location: Wesbrook Building (across from the Alumni Centre) Room 300. Ring the doorbell to get into the office!
Dates: Tuesday, October 8 1:00-3:00 PM & Monday, October 21 11:00-1:00 PM

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Mental Health Dialogues

The ACAM Dialogue series will be continuing this year. Our first event will be on Monday, October 21 from 2:00-3:30 PM. Save the date and stay tuned for more details!

Nikkei Cultural Production and Legacies of War
Thursday, October 24
12:30-2:00 PM
Walter Gage Residence, Isabel McInness Ballroom (5959 Student Union Blvd.)

How have Japanese North American communities mobilized creativity, arts, media, and cultural production to respond to the legacies of World War II, including the internment of Nikkei communities and its contemporary impacts? This panel features cultural practitioners and organizers, who will draw on their histories of individual and community practice to shed light on the linkages between cultural and creative production and Nikkei histories, identities and community formations.

RSVP here
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Hold These Truths
October 20 - November 2
The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St.)

Compelling, powerful, and undeniably moving, Hold These Truths is a story that stands the test of time. This critically-acclaimed play stars Joel de la Fuente (Man In The High Castle) as Gordon Hirabayashi, a U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who fought against the forceable removal and mass incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry in America during WWII.

Hirabayashi’s journey, from his time as a young man fighting injustice in America to his final days as an educator and activist in Canada, demonstrates his passion and hunger for freedom. It is an inspiring quest of what one can do to fight inequality, a tenacious reminder of history, and a reflection of how we, too, can change the future if we hold on to these truths.

Hold These Truths is making its international debut at The Cultch Historic Theatre in Vancouver after a celebrated U.S. tour. Get tickets here.

Wilde Love: A Literary Reading by R. Zamora Linmark
Tuesday, October 22
6:00-8:00 PM
Buchanan Block A, Rm. A101 (1866 Main Mall)

R. Zamora Linmark, a leading transpacific writer and poet, will give a public reading as well as talk about the genesis of his two novels, the groundbreaking Rolling the R’s, and his latest novel, The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart (2019). In taking place on Pacific islands, both novels speak to experiences of queerness and neo-colonization in The Philippines, Hawai’i, and Oceania. This talk will be supplemented by a lunch/workshop with UBC students on the narrative collage.

RSVP here.

Noted Scholars Series: Dr. Elliott H. Powell
Wednesday October 9
12:00-1:00 PM
Social Justice Institute: Buchanan Tower Room 1099

This talk examines the musical queer potentiality of African American female rapper Missy Elliott. Recently, U.S. popular music studies scholars have explored Elliott’s sartorial style and music videos in order to interrogate her rumored non-heterosexual identity. Yet, such approaches not only elide Elliott’s own music and its sexual expressions, but they also use the static category of lesbian as the sole marker of female non-heterosexual sexual identities and expressions. As such, this talk asks: What happens when we shift our focus of Missy Elliott from sight to sound? What new possibilities and alternative imaginings emerge if we move away from the identity category of lesbian to the analytic of queer(ness)? 

RSVP here.

Chinatown Stories: Volume 2 Publication Launch Party
Saturday, October 12
1:00-5:00 PM
Chinatown House (188 East Pender St.)

Join the Chinatown Today team at their publication launch party for Chinatown Stories: Volume 2, “Aunties, Elders, and Ancestors.” As a follow-up from Chinatown Stories: Volume 1, this year’s publication features the works of 14 local writers and artists. 

The publication launch party will feature a reading from poet, Phebe M. Ferrer, and writer, Vyas Saran. There will also be snacks and light refreshments provided by Happy Woman Kitchen, and Scrape Baking.

Chinatown Today will also be featuring our community art project, "Letters To Our Ancestors." Throughout the summer Chinatown Today collected postcard stories from the public featuring questions around this year's theme on Aunties, Elders, and Ancestors. The art project will feature all the postcards Chinatown Today received, as well as one last opportunity for the public to contribute their own story.

Please come celebrate with the Chinatown Today team for the launch of this amazing community lead publication! Pre-orders for Chinatown: Stories Volume 2 are available here.

The Vancouver Writers Festival
October 21 - 27

This year's Vancouver Writers Festival features the work of Asian authors such as Wu Ming-Yi, Tash Aw, Philip Huynh, and Jenny Heijun Wills. A selection of panels that might be of interest to ACAM students and the ACAM community are listed below.

The Fascinating World(s) of Wu Ming-Yi: Wu Ming-Yi’s meditative and absorbing The Stolen Bicycle cemented his position as one of Taiwan’s most influential contemporary authors, winning the Taiwan Literary Award and longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. 

Tash Aw in Conversation with Eleanor Wachtel: Tash Aw’s writing is consistently lyrical and cutting, and has received nominations for the Whitbread First Novel Award, two Man Booker Prizes and The LA Times Book Prize. 

Big Stories, Small Packages: Capturing an entire world, a pivotal journey or a startling emotional truth in just a few thousand words is no small feat—but Philip Huynh (The Forbidden Purple City), Anosh Irani (Translated from the Gibberish), Zalika Reid-Benta (Frying Plantain) , and Bill Richardson (I Saw Three Ships) prove that, in the world of fiction, less can be more.

Difficult Inheritances: How do we confront painful inheritances? Memoirists Jesse Thistle (From the Ashes), Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving), and Jenny Heijun Wills (Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.) explore the courageous act of facing one’s past in order to create more promising futures.


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