Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies Information Session
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) is tailored specifically for students conducting their graduate research in Asia and Asian Diasporas. With support from a large number of York faculty and researchers in Asian Studies, the Diploma provides interdisciplinary academic and professional exposure to students who can enrich their graduate training and strengthen their credentials in Asian Studies.

The GDAS is offered by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) and is awarded concurrently with a Masters or Doctoral degree for which the student is registered at York University.

The GDAS programme is for students who want to:
— Gain a broad knowledge of contemporary research issues related to Asia and Asian Diasporas
— Earn certified recognition for expertise in Asia and Asian Diaspora Studies
— Access funding for language study and fieldwork
— Add Asian content to their graduate research and studies

Learn more at this info session!

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Also join us directly after at the YCAR Welcome Back Meet & Greet directly after: Click here for information.

YCAR warmly invites all York students and faculty interested in Asia/Asian diaspora to meet with members of our research community and learn more about what is happening at YCAR in the year ahead.

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 2:30 to 3:30pm
Common Area, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus

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YCAR’s Welcome Back Meet & Greet 2017 @ YCAR
Sep 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

YCAR warmly invites all York students and faculty interested in  Asia/Asian diaspora to meet with members of our research community and learn more about what is happening at YCAR in the year ahead.

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 2:30 to 3:30pm
Common Area, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus

For more information:
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Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons: A Reading and Discussion with Jocelyn Cullity @ Room 101, McLaughlin College
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons is a historical, literary novel that draws on the lost histories of the women descended from African slaves who resisted English rule in nineteenth-century India. Her work illuminates new and important female, Muslim perspectives on what has been called India’s first war of independence. Cullity will read from her book and discuss the process of writing it over the last 10 years.

Jocelyn Cullity’s short stories and nonfiction have been published in Canadian, American and Indian journals including The Writer’s Chronicle, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Ten Stories High (Canadian Authors Association), Room, and Voice of the Working Woman. Her documentary film about young women in China, Going to the Sea, aired on The Women’s Television Network, The Knowledge Network, and won the Lester B. Pearson Award for International Development at the REEL Women’s Film Festival in Canada. Her debut novel, Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons, was awarded a Writers’ Reserve Grant from the Ontario Arts Council and received a New England Writer’s Fellowship from A Room of Her Own Foundation.


Economic Success of Chinese Merchants in Southeast Asia: Identity, Ethnic Cooperation and Conflict: Integrating the Social Sciences with Evolutionary Biology
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

You are cordially invited to a BOOK LAUNCH:


Speaker:  Janet T. Landa, Professor of Economics, Emerita, York University
Chair:  Abidin Kusno, Director, York Centre for Asian Research

This book–with a Foreword by Nobel Laureate in Economics, Ronald H. Coase–provides an original interdisciplinary analysis of economic success of Chinese merchants in Southeast Asia. Chinese merchants were able to provide themselves with club goods, e.g. contract enforcement, that were essential to their success.The book has important policy implications for understanding ethnic conflict in multiethnic societies where minority ethnic groups dominate merchant roles.

“In conducting her research on merchants, Janet Landa also becomes a pioneer in engaging economic research with the rich scholarship in the other social sciences….”  (Ronald H. Coase, Foreword)

THE AUTHOR: Law and Economics scholar Janet Tai Landa wrote her doctoral dissertation under James M. Buchanan (Virginia Tech) who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to by Friday, 6 October 2017.


Future Uncertain: Economic, Environmental, Social and Political Challenges Facing Japan @ Munk School of Global Affairs
Oct 12 – Oct 15 all-day

The University of Toronto—in conjunction with the new Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the Munk School, and the Japan Futures Initiative—will host the 2017 Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting.

The theme of the conference will be Future Uncertain: Economic, Environmental, Social and Political Challenges Facing Japan. Panels and presentations will draw from a full range of social science and humanities approaches to understanding Japan’s past, present, and future. Speakers will come from across Canada, Japan, the United States and possibly Europe. Presentations will provide the most recent updates on political, social and economic events and trends occurring in Japan. Speakers will address a diverse range of topics that place Japan at its centre, including lifetime employment in the 21st century, agricultural policy, popular culture, infrastructural aid to developing countries, science and technology policy, Tohoku’s recover from the 3/11 disaster, and Japan’s relationship with the U.S. A major theme of this year’s conference will be Japan’s approach to environmental and energy issues. Concerns about climate change, nuclear energy, Japan’s disaster risk and the country’s economic future have sparked a concerted effort in the development of renewable energy, smart communities and smart cities, and the integrated policymaking necessary to support these initiatives.

Although designed for academics with a serious interest in Japan, JSAC is a welcoming and warm conference that encourages attendance from not only undergraduate and graduate students, but also the general public.

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This event is co-sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research.

Workshopping Philippine Contemporary Dance in the 21st Century with Ruth Pison
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Talk by Ruth Pison, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017

Details TBA


Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies 2017 Conference: People In and Out of Place @ York University
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day

Theme: People In and Out of Place
NEW Dates: 26-28 October 2017
Venue: York University, Toronto, Ontario

The 33rd Biennial Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS) conference theme, “People In and Out of Place,” represents a long standing and yet often forgotten dynamic of a region known as the crossroads of different peoples, histories, cultures, and politics.

Keynote Speakers – Goh Beng Lan (National University of Singapore); Ricardo D. Trimillos (University of Hawai’i)

Special Panels – In honour of Penny Van Esterik and Judith Nagata, York University

Special Session – 40th Anniversary Canada-ASEAN Relation Session

Performances – Balinese Gamelan musical ensemble; “Luzviminda: the Philippines Dances for Canada150”

If you have any questions, please visit the CCSEAS website or contact us at

Luzviminda: The Philippines Dances for Canada 150
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 28 @ 1:30 pm

“Luzviminda: the Philippines Dances for Canada150” is a dance concert on October 26-28, 2017 at Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, York University. A portmanteau, “Luzviminda” represents the three groups of islands that comprise the Philippine archipelago and the provenance of Filipino immigrants in Canada. The concert will bring together folk dance, contemporary dance, breaking, and hip-hop, forms that Filipino-Canadians embody to express their diasporic identities. Celebrating the presence of Filipinos as the fastest growing immigrant community in Canada and one of the largest visible minorities in Toronto, “Luzviminda” is a historic collaboration among Philippine dance companies, independent
artists and dance researchers in Toronto.

Three Performances:

  • Thursday, October 26 at 7:30pm Thursday
  • Friday, October 27 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, October 28 at 1:30pm

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Teesri Dhun: Examining Khwaja Sara, Hijra and Transgender Struggle for Rights in Pakistan
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Room 519, 5th Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University
12 – 2 pm, 31 October 2017

Join us for a screening of the documentary theatre production Teesri Dhun (Third Tune) which draws upon a SSHRC funded research project by Shahnaz Khan (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Claire Pamment (William and Mary). The play was directed by Pamment and Iram Sana (Olompolo Theatre).

Teesri Dhun is a dramatic enactment of transgender lives with powerful performances integrating music, dance and storytelling. It includes unfolding narratives of history, separation, love, desire, celebration and loss as the characters struggle to find a third space in a polarized gendered society. Working with the khawaja sara community, the theatre piece is based on their performance practices and highlights their history, criminalization and contemporary struggles.

• Introductory comments by Shahnaz Khan (Wilfrid Laurier University)
• Screening of Teesri Dhun
• Discussant comments by Nadia Z. Hasan and Anindo Hazra (York Centre for Asian Research)
• Q & A

All are welcome.

The event venue is accessible. Gender neutral washrooms are available.

This event is sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research.
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Crossing the Laxman Rekha: One Woman’s Struggles Against Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Bias @ 110 Curtis Lecture Hall
Nov 8 all-day

Book launch with Launch of Vanaja Dhruvarajan (Carleton University)

Details are forthcoming…