Contemporary Directions in Canadian Citizenship and Multiculturalism @ Peter Bronfman Room, 7th Floor, Chang School, Heaslip House, Ryerson University
Mar 31 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Elected in 2006 and dissatisfied with the vision of its Liberal and Progressive Conservative predecessors, Canada’s Conservative government has assertively implemented its own vision of Canada in the fields of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism. After nine years of Conservative rule, and with 2015 being an election year, this panel will discuss the directions of policy, policy making and outcomes along with the vision of Canada expressed in these fields. Time will be allocated to discuss these themes following the presentations.

 The panel features:

Andrew Griffith
Former Director General, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Branch,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Andrew is the author of Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias: Resetting Citizenship and Multiculturalism (2013). Copies of his highly informative book will be available for purchase ($15). He will discuss and reflect upon his period as a civil servant under former Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and the government’s record in these fields. His book provides insight into the relationship between the bureaucratic and political levels of government during a period of significant change. Andrew regularly comments on citizenship, multiculturalism and related issues and spent 30 years within Canada’s public service. He twice received the Public Service Award (2007 and 2010) and has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He maintains an active blog on multiculturalism in Canada, .

Avvy Go
Clinic Director of Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Working within the legal clinic system Avvy has tirelessly worked to serve the legal needs of low income immigrants with linguistic and other barriers in accessing the legal system since being called to the bar. She will discuss the impact of changes to citizenship laws and regulations on clients and the vision of Canada she sees being implemented. Apart from her legal practice, Avvy spends much of her time in community organizing and advocacy work. She is a member of the Order of Ontario (2014) and in recent years has been honoured with both the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ Lawyer of Distinction Award (2012) and City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations (2008).

John Carlaw
Doctoral Candidate in Political Science, York University

The organizer of the panel, John is a Graduate Research Fellow of York’s Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) and affiliate of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). He is studying the politics of immigration and refugee policy under the present government. He has written and will discuss a chapter on the Conservatives’ political project and citizenship and immigration policy for an upcoming Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) publication. The volume updates its 2008 volume The Harper Record, with an expected publication date of May 2015.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Gunjan Sondhi, Postdoctoral Fellow at the York Centre for Asian Research.

This event is presented by Ryerson’s Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS), Migration Matters (York University), York’s Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).

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What’s Wrong With ‘Partnership’? An Asian Perspective on the Trans-Pacific Partnership @ Ontario Public Service Employees Union Membership Centre
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Amy Padilla,
Deputy General Secretary
IBON International, Philippines

Philip Kelly, Director, York Centre for Asian Research
And a respondent from the labour movement – TBC


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a 12-nation free trade and corporate rights framework led by the United States and includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Thailand, The Philippines and South Korea are also interested in joining the talks. Leaked information from the highly secretive negotiations is causing alarm about its harmful impact on peoples in participating countries.

Amy Padilla is Deputy General Secretary of IBON, a leading NGO and think-tank on progressive economics and geopolitics in the Philippines, which promotes democracy, human rights and people-centred development. Through IBON International the organization provides capacity building to grassroots groups, social movements, NGOs and advocates across the global south. Amy Padilla’s currently provides leadership in IBON’s work on agriculture, rural development and food sovereignty issues, and manages its network of offices in Nairobi, La Paz and Brussels. She was previously (2001-2011) Chief of Staff and Chief Political Affairs Officer for the Bayan Muna Party List – a caucus of progressive lawmakers in the Philippines House of Representatives.

This event is presented by BAYAN Canada and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), and co-sponsored by: the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture (PATAC), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Free School and the Filipino Christian Fellowship (FCF).

All are welcome!

Transnational Adoption and (Im)Possible Lives @ Boardroom 1, Toronto Reference Library
Apr 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Talk by Eleana J. Kim, University of California, Irvine

Transnationally adopted Koreans have been at the vanguard of reimagining and even radicalizing transnational adoption discourses and practices in South Korea and the nations to which they have been adopted. In this essay I describe the complex politics of adoption from the perspective of adult adoptees, which include trenchant critiques of multiculturalism, color-blind love, and the global political economy of kinship and reproductive rights. I also ask what gets left out of these narratives and frameworks, namely, the ontological and affective experience of transracial and transnational adoption, which continues to serve as the grounds for a powerful collective identification.

This is the final lecture in the Heterogeneity and Korean Identity in the Twentieth-First Century speaker series at York University.  The speaker series has focused on the works of both established senior and groundbreaking junior scholars in the fields of globalization, transnational labour and class in South Korea.

The series is supported by The Korea Foundation, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation and the York Centre for Asian Research.

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Changing Asia in the Globalizing World: Boundaries, Identity, and Transnationalism @ The Manor, Glendon College, York University
May 1 – May 2 all-day

For more information about the 2015 YCAR International Graduate Student Conference, please click here.




Transcendental Rendezvous: Photographic Images, Music and Dance from Mongolia along the Silk Road @ Innis College Town Hall, University of Toronto
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An Asian Heritage Month Festival 2015 event


Silk Roads II – Mongolia

Plenary address by Dr. Neville Poy and The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy


Performances: An Exotic Journey Along The Silk Road

A Rare Instrument from China: Hongkou 箜篌
Keynote and performance by Professor Chan Ka Nin

Hongkou performance
virtuoso Lulu

Magnetic Fields (an excerpt) – Contemporary Dance
Yvonne Ng and tiger princess dance projects

Mongolian Music on Morin Khuur (Horsehead Fiddle)

Traditional Mongolian Dances for the Grand Feast Event
ChiPing Dance Group & dancers of Chinese Collective Arts Association

Middle Eastern Music on three different instruments: Bouzouki, Oud and Saz
Yiannis Kapoulas


A reception will follow the performance.

The gala presented by the Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.

All are welcome.

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The Heart of Asia, Right Here, Right Now: A Celebration of Asian Wisdom Traditions in Canada @ Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An Asian Heritage Month Festival 2015 event

The Heart of Asia, Right Here, Right Now: A Celebration of Asian Wisdom Traditions in Canada
The Eleventh Annual Asian Heritage Month Education Roundtable and
The Thirteenth Annual Asian Heritage Month Lecture

Opening Address: Justin Poy (Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month‐CFACI)

Universal Spirituality: How Do I Feel in Heart, Body & Mind, Right Here, Right Now?
Plenary Address and Asian Heritage Month Lecture by Ashley Poy

Renita Wong (School of Social Work, Fac. of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University)
Bhante Kovida (Buddhist monk from Theravada (Sri Lanka) tradition, Jamaican Canadian of Chinese descent) on “Buddhism, Zen and Mindfulness”
Melanie Viglas (University of Toronto and Sheridan College) on “Mindfulness in Education”

Sitting Meditation conducted by Melanie Viglas
Dynamic Mindfulness conducted by Bhante Kovida

Red Sofa Discussions
Moderator: Thabit Abdullah (Associate Dean, External Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University)
Leila Girdhar‐Hill (System Superintendent, Toronto District School Board)
Craig Tsuji (Principal, Toronto District School Board)
Kirk Mark (Senior Coordinator of Community Relations, Toronto Catholic District School Board)
Jody Huang (Community Relations Officer, Toronto Catholic District School Board)
Representatives from public school boards and private schools

All are welcome.

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The Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.