Published on October 5, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
YCAR Graduate Associate Shazia Javed, who is in the MFA Film program, recently made a 10-minute video #WeSayKnow as part of a Directed Reading with Prof. John Greyson (Film). In the video, four Muslim women share their views and personal experiences on sexual- health education. Made in the context of ongoing protests against Ontario’s revised Physical and Health Education Curriculum, this very timely video that has received a lot of support with over 40,000 views in just a couple of weeks. #WeSayKnow has been featured in CBC Toronto and Mississauga news. The video can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/wesayKNOW
Published on September 23, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity was published by Wilfrid Lauirer University Press earlier this summer.
“The major goal of this project was to give voice to marginalized transnational im/migrants”, said Man. “It fills a gap in the transnationalism literature by bringing together original papers that examine the transnational practices and identities of immigrant women, youth, children, and the elderly in an era of global migration and neoliberalism.”
The book will be launched at York on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 2:30pm in the Harry Crowe Room (Room 109 Atkinson). The event will also include a screening of ‘Journey to Find Myself Again’, a short documentary film produced by Tania Das Gupta and Srabani Maitra. The film presents the employment trajectories of three highly educated immigrant women from South Asia.
YCAR is an event co-sponsor.
“The book idea grew out of a series of very successful Canadian Sociological Association conference sessions that Guida and I have organized for over seven years,” said Cohen.
Several of the contributors to Engendering Transnational Voices are Cohen’s and Man’s Sociology colleagues, including Nancy Mandell, Ann Kim (YCAR Faculty Associate), Tania Das Gupta, Katharine King and Natalie Weiser.
“York does have one of the largest sociology departments in the country committed to do critical research, particularly in the area of women, work, and migration. So we are very fortunate to have our colleagues and students contributing to our volume,” they said.
Other York contributors include Carl E. James (Education) and Meg Luxton (School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies).
As with many large projects, things happen unexpectedly but the editors are pleased with the final product.
“We learned that the gestation period of a book can be very long and actually include multiple pregnancies. Finding a publisher was a bit tedious. We made some mistakes in this process of finding a publisher. The final delivery is not easy and the baby needs to be immunized against various childhood diseases – and, as any infant, it is not perfect. However, as good mothers, we love this project, despite its shortcomings.”
Cohen and Man hope that this project will develop into a new series that would focus on second generation transmigrants.
More about Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity can be found here: http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/General/man-cohen-announcement.pdf
Published on September 3, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Yavanna is a masters student in Applied Communication Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She has a special interest in environmental governance and fisheries. Her research focuses on communication with and between citizens, civil society and governing bodies with regards to the quality of life and the environment. More specifically, she is looking at the role of civil society in environmental governance and knowledge dissemination, in order to improve the state of the world’s oceans and fisheries.
As part of her graduate studies, Yavanna will be creating a research database for the New Directions in Environmental Governance project. NDEG is based at YCAR and led by Peter Vandergeest (Geography), who will work with Yavanna during her visit.
Yavanna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on August 31, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Thomas Klassen (Political Science) is the co-author of a new guide aimed at helping students flourish in school and life.
Klassen and Professor Emeritus John Dwyer (Humanities) lay out the secrets to success for university students in their new book, How to Succeed at University (And Get a Great Job!): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work and Life.
Their book is aimed at students of all kinds – those entering university straight from high school, mature students returning to school years later and everyone in between. Moreover, it is an ideal resource for anyone concerned with student success, including parents, teachers and counsellors.
The full story can be found at: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2015/08/24/new-guide-helps-students-flourish-in-school-and-life/
Published on August 24, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
A new article by Dr. Andrew Song is now available online from Political Geography.
“Pawns, Pirates or Peacemakers: Fishing Boats in the inter-Korean Maritime Boundary Dispute and Ambivalent Governmentality” is available at: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1RJcC_LupuqJoC
Dr. Song, a graduate of Memorial University, was the 2014 YCAR-ABMP Post-doctoral Fellow in Asian Governance.
The article examines how South Korean fishing activities near a disputed maritime border between the two Koreas, called the Northern Limit Line, may be imbued with intentionality representing an indirect arm of the state’s geopolitical agenda.
Published on August 7, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
By Kevin Boiragi
‘Canadian Experience: Shaping Lives and Generations’ was co-organized by Bengali Information and Employment Services (BIES), and Kevin S. Boiragi, a YCAR Graduate Associate and Masters Candidate in Geography.
The event was held on 25 July 2015 at Access Alliance in Toronto.
The General Secretary of BIES, Golam Mostofa, opened the event and was followed by a screening of Boirgi’s documentary, Canadian Experience: Shaping Lives and Generations.
The documentary focuses on “Canadian Experience,” “Public Space,”, and discusses various forms of settlement barriers. It features Ranu Basu (YCAR Faculty Associate, Geography). It can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1zK41PiTPA&feature=youtu.be
Dr. Fahim Quadir, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, briefly shared his thoughts on “Democratic Cosmopolis” and “Participatory Governance” prior to giving the floor to the first panelist, Dr. Basu. She spoke about ways to build unity among migrants through the use of “Public Space”. Showing photographs, she elaborated that any form of social gathering, commonly known as adda in Bengali, could be seen as a vital tool to gain political momentum in pressuring public representatives to consider community’s needs, especially for newcomers to Toronto. Dr. Srabani Maitra from the University of Waterloo talked about labour market barriers that South Asian immigrant women face after arriving in Toronto. An important question that she raised was “How can we get Canadian work experience if none at the first place are giving us the first opportunity?” This creates a vicious cycle of low paid survival jobs and unemployment leading towards poverty, said Maitra.
The floor was then opened to audience members. This session was the most engaging part of the entire event, said Boiragi, where community members shared their own settlement experiences and integration struggles. It was quite alarming to know the level of ups and downs that newcomers have encountered through the years living in the community, despite of obtaining education from Canadian institutions, having professional certification or volunteer experience, he said.
In the next session, Halim Miah, BIES Advisor, raised the question: “Employers are looking for the best candidate, how can we, immigrants (with different origin, heavy accent, lack of Canadian work or educational experience) be the best candidate?” Matthew Kellway, Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York, mentioned some of the structures: acts and laws that corner immigrants of colour in Toronto. He said that this city was not been this way all the time and asked if the community members would like to see it being changed. He emphasized the importance of unity, and said that the Bangladeshi community is divided in many causes among themselves. Dan Harris, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest took the audience back in history with the transformations of “the Golden Mile,” which has been turned into a complex dominated by service industries where mostly people of colour are employed. Similar to Kellway, Harris also emphasized the importance of unity among community members.
One of the attendees noted that statistics portraying the average income of individuals living around Victoria Park Station is $45,000 but it is $250,000 in Rosedale. It is rather the government planning and distribution of the supply and demand and managing the population of immigrants properly, she said. To her, the key factor was compatibility with available employment positions. “When we didn’t find anything for survival, we became desperate and forgot to implement any strategy prior to applying,” she said. She threw the question to the audience: How can we translate our experience and expertise into this society and job market? Have we ever thought about this issue before applying? A local school teacher in attendance emphasized how crucial it is to take collective action and create local campaigns.
Imam Uddin, President of BIES then gave thanks to all participants, volunteers and co-organizers.
Special thanks to Fahmida Binte Nizam, BIES Volunteer, for her assistance at the event.
YCAR was pleased to support this initiative.
Published on July 15, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
YCAR was rechartered by the York University Senate on 25 June 2015 for a five year period starting 1 July 2015. In addition to this news, I would like to update you on a few other governance issues relating to the Centre.
We have a slightly new Executive Committee this coming year. The Faculty Associates on the committee are:
Philip Kelly, Geography (LA&PS) (ex-officio), Director
Janice C.H. Kim, History (LA&PS), Associate Director and GDAS Coordinator
Kabita Chakraborty, Children’s Studies (LA&PS)
Sailaja Krishnamurti, Humanities (LA&PS)
Alicia Turner, Humanities (LA&PS)
Lorna Wright, International Business (Schulich School of Business)
Qiang Zha (Faculty of Education)
And of course Alicia Filipowich, our Centre Coordinator, continues to acts as the secretariat for the executive committee.
We are welcoming Alicia Turner and Jessica Li as new Executive Committee members, and thanking Jean Michel Montsion (Glendon) for his invaluable support and advice over the last three years.
We also have three graduate student representatives on the committee. Two will be elected at the beginning of the Fall semester, while Catherine Cua (PhD Candidate, Études francophones, Glendon) continues to serve. Many thanks to Kasim Tirmizey (FES) and Zhipeng Gao (Health) who have great stalwarts in support of YCAR of the last few years.
You may also remember that YCAR now has an External Advisory Council (EAC), which through annual meetings supports us with advice on outreach and other matters. Current members of the EAC are:
Eva Busza, Vice President, Research and Programs, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Avvy Go, Director, Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Tam Goossen, Chair, Good Jobs for All Coalition; Vice-President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Caroline Mangosing, Founding Executive Director, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture
David Mulroney, President, University of St Michaels College (Toronto); Canadian Ambassador to China, 2009-2012
Haroon Siddiqui, Editorial Page Editor Emeritus and Columnist, Toronto Star
Richard Stubbs, Professor, McMaster University
I am very grateful to everyone who supports YCAR and its mission. The work we do in supporting research on Asia and Asian Diasporas is very much dependent on the energy and initiative of those who get involved in the Centre.
More news will follow shortly on our exciting line-up of activities for 2015-16. But do get in touch with us if you have ideas or suggestions to share.
Philip F. Kelly
Published on July 14, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Gregory Chin (Political Science), a leading international export on “emerging China,” was invited to speak at Ottawa City Hall on 11 June 2015 on The Rise of the New China-Led International Institutions, and What They Mean for the Global Order. Professor Chin discussed China’s motivations for creating the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, BRICS New Development Bank, and New Silk Road, and the implications for the global economic order. He has been invited to contribute an essay on the topic of his presentation for the forthcoming September 2015 issue of Current History, the longest standing U.S. publication devoted exclusively to world affairs.
Published on July 13, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Professor Cho is an Associate Professor of Japanese language education at Korea University.
Her research encompasses areas such as Discourse Analysis of Japanese and Korean, acquisition research of Japanese as a second language, and Japanese immersion education.
During her visit, she will examine Canadian policies concerning foreign language education with a focus on immersion education programs. The study will focus on the Japanese, Korean and Chinese languages.
Dr. Cho has a MA in Japanese Language Education from Tokyo Gakugei University in Tokyo (1996) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo (1998).
She can be reached at email@example.com.
We wish her a productive visit!
Published on July 1, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
The two-day workshop, Youth, Diversity and Social Development in the Multicultural Metropolis, featured presentations by YCAR and CASS scholars.
“Cities are sites of intense social, economic and cultural change, and young people are at the forefront of these transformations. This workshop addressed some of these processes through the juxtaposition of Canadian and Chinese contexts,” said Philip F. Kelly, YCAR Director
This workshop was the second in an ongoing series of academic engagements between the two institutions that began in 2011.
The workshop was made possible with the support from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Liberal Studies, Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Office of the Associate Vice-President, York International, and YCAR.
Presentations included topics that ranged from the education mobility of Chinese youth to daily encounters between young Hans and Uyghurs in Urumqi, Xinjiang, and social attitudes of youth and their determinant factors in China to Kung Fu, culture and youth identity in Toronto.
Representing CASS at the workshop were: Chen Guangjin (Director General, Institute of Sociology), Tian Feng (Institute of Sociology), Lu Peng (Institute of Sociology), Zheng Shaoxiong (Institute of Sociology), Du Qianping (Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology), Niu Jianlin (Institute of Population and Labor Economics) and Zhang Lihua (Bureau of International Cooperation, CASS).
YCAR Associates participating in the workshop as presenters, panelists or discussants included: Elena Caprioni (Asia Business and Management Programme), Kabita Chakraborty (Children’s Studies), Gregory Chin (Political Science), Elena Chou (sociology), M. Bernie Frolic (Political Science, ABMP), Susan J. Henders (Political Science), Philip F. Kelly, Ann H. Kim (Sociology), Lucia Lo (Geography), Guida Man (Sociology), Colin McGuire (Ethnomusicology) and Lorna Wright (Schulich School of Business).