Cultural Translation and Chinese-Canadian Studies Workshop

March 13, 2014 – March 15, 2014 all-day
York University
York University
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR)
Cultural Translation and Chinese-Canadian Studies Workshop  @ York University | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Contextualized within larger debates about multicultural Canadian society and the specific Chinese-Canadian cultural experience, this workshop will offer an in-depth analysis of Chinese-Canadian communities from the late eighteenth century to the present. Presenters will investigate cultural interactions across various axes of difference, such as gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, philosophy, history, literature, migration, marketplace and diasporas — each taken as unstable categories of cultural production in the Chinese-Canadian experience. Topics to be explored include: questions of social and cultural Chinese-Canadian diasporic identities; effects of cultural encounters on gender formation in Chinese-Canadian context; cultural hybridity captured in autobiography, autoethnography, stage performance, and film; translation of particular religious practices in Chinese-Canadian society; critiques of multiculturalist ideology and policies that affect Chinese-Canadian communities; patterns of consumption in Chinese-Canadian immigrant communities; subversive strategies in the narratives of Chinese-Canadian history; issues of alienation, integration, resistance and belonging in the process of cultural translation.

The workshop programme is available here.

Dr. Vivienne Poy will give the keynote address, Perspectives: Canadian Society and Chinese Immigration, at 9:15am on Thursday, 13 March 2014 in Room 109, Atkinson Building.

This workshop is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Asian Business Network Association, York Centre for Asian Research, Canadian Studies Program (University of Toronto) and the following York University units: Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Department of Humanities, East Asian Studies Programme, Department of History and the Department of Geography.

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