“Re-framing UBC through an Asian Canadian Lens”

Public Lecture Series: Campus Environments

The Department of Educational Studies is pleased to partner with the Student Development & Services division at UBC to provide a Summer Institute of Thursday lunchtime lectures related to the themes of EDST 513: Campus Environments. All presentations are free and open to the public.


“Re-framing UBC through an Asian Canadian Lens”

Dr. Christopher Lee, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies (ACAM) program, and Associate Principal of St. John’s College, UBC
Dominique Bautista, Admissions Coordinator, Enrolment Services, English Literature/ACAM alumni
Thursday, July 20, 2017  |  11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Room 261, 1961 East Mall

While UBC has long exemplified the educational aspirations of its diverse communities, its development into a global university cannot be separated from larger histories and ongoing legacies of systemic settler colonialism, racism, and discrimination. This presentation focuses on recent efforts to engage with diverse Asian Canadian communities in the context of an increasingly diverse student body and the university’s growing awareness of its location on the Pacific Rim. In 2012, the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program (ACAM) was created in recognition of the University’s history of racism, particularly the expulsion of 76 Japanese Canadian students in 1942. Since its establishment, ACAM has been building an undergraduate curriculum that emphasizes collaborative learning with communities. In 2016, it sponsored the ”ACAM Centennial Alumni Project” to uncover and record lesser known stories about Asian Canadian students and faculty and their lived experiences as minorities at UBC during its first century. Combining extensive community outreach with in-depth interviews, this project re-thinks dominant narratives and knowledge structures in relation to place. The vignettes created seek to connect these histories and their legacies with current student experiences in order to reframe our understanding of UBC’s diversity.

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