Published on May 26, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Youth, Diversity and Social Development in the Multicultural Metropolis, a joint York University – Chinese Academy of Social Sciences workshop, will juxtapose Canadian and Chinese research and thereby develop some comparative insights into our respective ways of defining problems, posing questions and conducting research into questions of youth, diversity and social development in urban settings.
The workshop, organized by the York Centre for Asian Research, will be held at York on 27-28 May 2015,
Access the programme here.
Cities are sites of intense social, economic and cultural change, and young people are at the forefront of these transformations. This workshop addresses some of these processes through the juxtaposition of Canadian and Chinese contexts.
Some of the same challenges exist in both countries, from maintaining a sense of social belonging in rapidly changing times, to accommodating various forms of diversity, to shaping educational and labour market institutions in ways that allow social mobility, inclusivity and equality. At the same time, there are clearly profound differences, including economic and political systems, forms of social diversity, demographic structures and scale.
There are also differences in how social scientists in Canada and China have sought to conceptualize and study these common challenges in their respective contexts. These including diverse theoretical frameworks, different methodological approaches, and distinct ways of integrating researchers, research subjects, community organizations and government policy makers into the research process.
While the papers presented in the workshop focus on either Chinese or Canadian contexts, the final panel will reflect on frameworks for conducting research on the connections between China and Canada in various spheres.
The workshop is generously supported by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, York International, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and YCAR.
All are welcome!
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Published on April 17, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
YCAR was pleased to host Mr. Woonhyoung Woo at York in early April.
Mr. Woo and his family have generously endowed two important awards for graduate students engaged in research on Korea and its diaspora.
The Dr. Sangdeok Woo and Mrs. Kwisoon Lim Woo Graduate Award supports graduate students undertaking research on the topics of Korean history, culture or society. Dr. Woo, one of Korea’s most distinguished scholars in Legal Medicine, laid a foundation for the development of National Institute of Scientific Investigation.
The award’s 2015 winner is Jong Jin Kim from the Graduate Programme in History. His research examines the way in which South Korea, a decade after the colonial rule and the Korean War, started to emerge as a global economic power. The award will enable Jong Jin to travel to South Korea this summer to access primary sources at archives, company headquarters and other locations.
The Young-Rahn Woo Memorial Graduate Award supports graduate student research in Korean language or cultural studies. The Woo family established this award in loving memory of their wife and mother. The 2015 winner of the award is Eui Yong Zong, who is working towards an MFA in the Graduate Programme in Film. Yong is a multiple award winning filmmaker whose most recent documentary Julio is an official selection at the 2015 Hotdocs Documentary Film Festival. His MFA project is titled ‘Until Tomorrow’ and will explore the experiences of left-behind family members of international migrants. He will travel to Jilin Province in China this summer to document the transnational experiences of ethnic Koreans.
YCAR would like to extend thanks to Mr. Woo and his family for their generous support of York graduate student research.
Both awards are administered by YCAR and more information can be found on the Awards page.
Photograph by Muchu Zhang
Published on April 16, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
“Can you hear me?” is the recent work of Shazia Javed, a MFA Candidate in Film at York University. The 2 minute and 40 second short film was made in the context of the present day socio-political environment with regards to the choices (or lack of) that Muslim women have in what they wear. Javed hopes that this very timely film will challenge the viewer to check his or her own prejudice by asking a simple question – Can you hear a Muslim Woman regardless of what she wears? Or do you stop listening at some point?
“Can you hear me?” is available here: https://youtu.be/Hpsn8yE6AL0
Published on April 16, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
The YCAR Research Collaboration Fellowship exists to support intensive collaborations between a Faculty Associate of the Centre and one of their research partners at another research institution (university, NGO etc). The fellowship allows a collaborator (usually from Asia) to visit Toronto for the specific purpose of working on a research proposal, project or publication.
The fellowship provides up to a maximum of C$4,000 in reimbursement for travel and accommodation expenses incurred by the visitor. Visitors will usually spend 1-3 months in Toronto. YCAR provides the visitor with a desk and library access for the duration of the fellowship.
Applications for a proposed visitor in the 2015.2016 year are due 29 May 2015 and should be submitted by the YCAR Faculty Associate making the nomination, not the proposed visitor.
A complete application file will consist of:
– the current CVs of both applicant and nominator
– a statement outlining the proposed collaborative work
– details of the planned output that will result from the Fellowship
– timeline of the proposed visit and output.
To submit an application, or for forther information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on April 15, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Following much dedicated hard work on the part of all members of the student team at Glendon College, the Japan Symposium was held on 31 March 2015 and was most definitely a success by all measures. Given the York University labour disruption, turnout was unexpectedly high, numbered at around 120 attendees including members of the media such as the Japanese-Canadian newspaper Nikkei Voice who will be writing an article on the event. Diverse and stimulating panels shed expert knowledge on various facets of Japan and elicited considerable public participation. Interpretation in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese was provided by talented students from Glendon’s Master of Conference Interpreting programme. Edo Restaurants provided the lunch, which delighted the public as they enjoyed high-quality Japanese dance and iaido performances. During the wine-and-cheese closing ceremony, traditional Japanese sumi-e artwork by Toronto-based artist Hiroshi Yamamoto was on display, and a number of his pieces were bought by audience members. Thanks to the committed volunteer team for a smoothly-run event.
As a prelude to the Symposium, the organizing committee hosted a roundtable discussion on 19 March titled ‘History and Memory: Discussing the Japanese Internment,’ which featured Keo Shibatani, Japanese-Canadian ex-internee, and Catherine Ishino, who documented the internment experience of her Japanese-American family. Glendon was also host to Yasunori Nakayama, Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, who gave a lecture on 9 March on Japan’s security policy.
Each member of the nine-member Symposium team will now write an essay on a topic pertaining to Japan within the context of International Studies. The peer-reviewed essays will be published online, and possibly in print. Funding permitting, the Symposium team also plans to undertake a research trip to Japan to expand on the projects of each individual team member.
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–2015 Japan Symposium organizing committee
Asia Research Brief | Multiple Experiences of Filipino Young Adults: Identity, Community and Social Justice
Published on March 24, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
The second 2015 edition of the Asia Research Briefs investigate the ways in which Filipino-Canadian young adults construct positive individual and collective identities.
Multiple Experiences of Filipino Young Adults: Identity, Community and Social Justice can be accessed on the Asia Research Briefs page.
Five themes emerged from her research: migration patterns, racism and discrimination, gender roles and expectation, religion and spirituality, and community organization. Ticar also makes recommendations for anti-oppressive practices that would be of value to counsellors, particularly when working with transnational individual, groups, and families.
The brief is written by Jessica Ticar, who is a Visiting Graduate Associate at YCAR, a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Education in Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies at Western University. It is based on her master’s research which explored the influences on identity development amongst first- and second-generation Filipino-Canadian young adults residing in Toronto.
Published on February 19, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Rethinking ‘South Asia’ in a New Imperial Age, a keynote lecture presented by Saadia Toor at the second Critical Approaches to South Asia Studies workshop, is now available online.
The video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrlO-jf-9k4&feature=youtu.be
Dr Toor is Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She has written extensively on issues of gender/sexuality, nationalism, neoliberal globalization and the War on Terror. Her book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan was published by Pluto Press in 2011.
Her talk was presented on 30 January 2014.
The third Critical Approaches to South Asia Studies workshop will take place on 26-27 February 2015. For more information, visit: https://casasw2015.wordpress.com/
Published on February 6, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
The New Directions in Environmental Governance project team met together in January for the first project workshop. The team includes Canadian, Australian, Chinese and Thai researchers.
The workshop was held in Waterloo at the Balsillie School of International Affairs on 16-17 January 2015 and organized by Derek Hall (Wilfrid Laurier University).
The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
For more information about the project, please click here.
Published on January 30, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Cities are sites of intense social, economic and cultural change, and youth are at the forefront of these transformations. Youth have distinctive experiences of: economic and labour market restructuring; innovative forms of connectedness through social media; new family structures; changing forms of social belonging; cultural creativity and experimentation; and transformations in urban space. Major metropolitan centres that have seen rapid demographic change and deepening ethno-cultural diversity, provide particularly interesting and complex environments for youth development.
In the context of rapidly changing multicultural metropolises, this workshop will examine and compare Canadian and Chinese experiences with, and conceptual approaches to, the intersections of youth, diversity and social development.
Discussions may include, but need not be limited to:
- Youth attitudes towards, and engagements with, multiculturalism;
- The role of institutions (e.g. schools, social services, community organizations) in social reproduction and managing ethnic diversity;
- Contemporary forms of discrimination;
- Youth employment and socio-economic outcomes;
- Youth and social exclusion;
- Youth and the use of urban public space;
- Cultural production and the arts in youth identity formation;
- Changing family relations, especially among migrant youth;
- Patterns of youth educational achievement in diverse ethnic communities;
- Patterns of intergenerational socio-economic mobility in diverse communities;
- Youth experiences of migration and settlement.
This workshop is a joint initiative between the York Centre for Asian Research and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. It is part of an ongoing series of academic engagements between the two institutions begun in 2011.
The workshop will be held on 27-28 May 2015 at York University. It will consist of 12 papers presented and discussed over two days, including up to six delivered by visiting scholars from CASS.
We are seeking expressions of interest from the York community (and beyond) among those whose research addresses the experiences of urban youth and falls within the broad terms of reference laid out above.
If you are interested, please submit a CV and a 200-300 word abstract of your proposed paper, by 6 February 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on January 30, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Research presented in a summer 2014 workshop series co-hosted by YCAR will be published as a special issue in the journal Gender, Place and Culture.
The Emotion of Migration was a two-part workshop series investigating the transnational affect and the emotions of migration within and throughout Asia. It was organized by Kabita Chakraborty (Children’s Studies, York University), Janarthani Arumugam (Gender Studies, University of Malaya) and Shanthi Thambiah (Gender Studies, University of Malaya).
Papers from the first workshop comprise the GPC special issue. This workshop was hosted by the Gender Studies Programme at the University of Malaya in early August 2014. It focused on women’s experiences of migrating for work across South and Southeast Asia.
Presenters in the second workshop shared research on the experiences of children and youth migrating for work and schooling, and took place at YCAR in late August. Papers presented at this YCAR-hosted workshop are currently being reviewed for the journal Children’s Geographies.
For more information about the project, click here.