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Asian Canadian History: Through the Lens of a Head-Tax Descendant
Join a descendant of Cumberland and Vancouver’s Chinatowns, Dr. Imogene Lim, for a journey through Asian Canadian history and racism in BC. Dr. Lim will also be sharing some of her own family’s history.

Following a brief Q&A with Dr. Lim, we will head into a discussion with our guest Leona Ahn, a member of the Anti-Racism Task Force at the Royal Road University. Bill Wang with the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership(COLIP) and Wan Wan with the United Against Discrimination project (UAD) will join Leona to discuss the issues of Asian Racism and microaggressions in various situations.

The event will wrap up with some self-care tips for when you are doing this hard work, and the newest racism response protocol from Resilience BC.

Dr. Imogene Lim is an anthropologist at Vancouver Island University (Department of Anthropology, and Global Studies Program). For the past two decades she has focused her research interests on Vancouver Island—primarily, ethnicity in Canada and Asian Canadian history, including food and culture. She co-developed the exhibit, 150 Years and Counting: Fighting for Justice on the Coast (2017). She actively serves her community, which includes, in part, the Coal Creek Historic Park Advisory Committee (Cumberland, Vancouver Island), and Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC. Currently, she is collaborating with Nanaimo Museum on a virtual exhibit.

Currently residing on Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton, Alberta), Ye Hee (Leona) Ahn is a human security advocate and a senior military officer within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). She is of Korean heritage and actively tries to fuse the beauties of Eastern and Western cultures in her way of being. Leona is passionate about contributing to a more just society and progressing the rights of LGBTQ2+, women, and racialized peoples. She is also a graduate of the Master of Human Security and Peacebuilding program from Royal Roads University.

Jun 2, 2021 06:30 PM in Vancouver

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