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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish her a productive visit!
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.
For more information about the Symposium, please email email@example.com.
–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/