Welcome Back and Faculty Lunch
September 24th, 2019
12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Buchanan Tower 1099

Join us in celebrating the start of the 2019-20 academic year!

Continuing our Faculty Lunch series, this is an opportunity to catch up with the ACAM community and hear from faculty members about ACAM’s ongoing projects.

Lunch provided with RSVP here!

Student Drop-In

Starting September 30th, we will be hosting regular student drop in sessions every Monday from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM in the ACAM office. The 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!
Time: Every Monday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

If you have any questions email us at

Mental Health Dialogue

The ACAM Dialogue series will be continuing this year. We will be hosting two long table discussions and two poetry and art events during the 2019-20 academic year. Stay tuned for more information!

ACAM Student Directed Seminar: ACAM 447C - 001 Archival and Fictional Explorations of Asian Canadians in Vancovuer

ACAM student Vanessa Chan will be running a course in the Spring 2020 session. The course provides students with an opportunity to explore the variety of approaches and alternative forms of archives such as oral history, community archives and beyond. With a lens on Asian Canadian histories, this course recognizes that simple narratives of victimhood and oppression must be reframed, and our historical narratives must instead highlight the agencies and achievements of Asian Canadian communities. Students will draw on skills from a variety of disciplines including history, sociology, and English literature. 

For any questions please email: or

Additional information available on UBC SSC
Community News

In Memory: Wayson Choy Video

Thank you to those who were able to join us in celebrating Wayson Choy's life and work in July. A filming of the event, by Elwin Xie, is available to view. Access the link here

Noted Scholars Series: Dr. Laura Ishiguro
Wednesday September 11
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Social Justice Institute: Buchanan Tower Room 1099

Join us for ACAM faculty Dr. Laura Ishiguro's talk ""Absolutely nothing going on": Historicizing the settler colonial everyday *". 

Drawing from her 2019 book, Nothing to Write Home About: British Family Correspondence & the Settler Colonial Everyday in British Columbia, this talk explores what we can learn about the global & local dynamics of settler colonialism by studying family letters written by white British settlers in British Columbia in the late nineteenth & early twentieth centuries. Analyzing letters’ content & their loaded silences, I trace how these settlers first came to understand the northern Pacific slope of North America as an uncontested home. By rendering their lives in an Indigenous place “absolutely nothing” – unremarkable, even boring – they laid the foundations for a powerful & enduring form of settler disregard. As I conclude, we must attend to this intimate, emotional, & everyday register in order to dismantle the systems of power & violence from which it continues to look away today; history offers us tools to do so.

Light lunch with RSVP here

Call for Volunteers: Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice

Do you want to get to know Chinese seniors living in the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown? Are you interested in breaking down language and other barriers to accessing essential services? Do you want to meet other like-minded youth? Become a Yarrow volunteer!

How to Apply:
1. Please fill out our volunteer application here by Friday, September 13th!
2. Selected applicants will be contacted for a 30 minute individual check in with our volunteer coordinator
3. All incoming volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation & Training in October (date TBA).

The Sticky Rice Collective is a group of youth who collaboratively plan intergenerational events in Chinatown. Medical Accompaniment Volunteers support Chinese seniors in accessing healthcare by accompanying them to medical accompaniments, providing support on public transportation to and from appointments, and providing Chinese-English interpretation.

Being Chinese in Canada - Illustrated Talk with William Dere
Saturday, October 5
2:00 PM
nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch 730 E Hastings St

Join author Willian Ging Wee Dere for an illustrated talk on his new book Being Chinese in Canada: The Struggle for Identity, Redress and Belonging at the VPL nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch. 

It was not until June 22, 2006, that Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally apologized to the Chinese Canadian community for the Government of Canada’s racist legacy. Until now, little had been written about the events leading up to the apology. William Dere’s Being Chinese in Canada is the first book to explore the work of the head tax redress movement and to give voice to the generations of Chinese Canadians involved. Dere explores the many obstacles in the Chinese Canadian community’s fight for justice, the lasting effects of state-legislated racism and the unique struggle of being Chinese in Quebec.

Co-sponsors include the Being Chinese in Canada Reading Group, Douglas & McIntyre, and the Vancouver Public Library.

RSVP here


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