Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) Information Session @ Remotely on Zoom
Sep 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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

The 2020 GDAS Information Session for students will take place virtually, on Thursday, 24 September 2020 from 2:30pm to 3pm via Zoom. If you would like to attend please email

For more information, please email us at or visit the FAQ page.  The Diploma Coordinator, Jean Michel Montsion can be reached at

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Chinese Festivals and Food – Mid-Autumn Festival @ Hosted online by the Toronto Public Library
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

With Professor Chef Leo Chan

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a signature celebration that showcases the culinary and cultural traditions of the Chinese community. Celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, it is sometimes called the Moon Festival. This happy festival coincides with the harvest thanksgiving season in China. Join Professor Chef Leo Chan and share food memories about the origin, folklore and history of this celebration. Find out how to enjoy the Mooncakes and seasonal fruits. Experience the other activities, such as the joy and fun of Chinese poetry, songs, and seeing the beautiful lanterns.

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This event is part of the Asian Heritage Virtual Sessions at Toronto Public Library and is presented by the Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc. in partnership with the Toronto Public Library and with the support of many organizations, include the York Centre for Asian Research. The series is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Murmuration of Birds: An Anishinaabe Ontology of Mnidoo-Worlding @ Online Event
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Emergent Futures CoLab (EFC) invites you to attend the second edition of its online talk series Talking Uncertainty with ‘The Murmuration of Birds’!

This event is co-presented by YCAR.

This discussion will feature Emergent Futures CoLab advisor Dr. Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning.

What does a bird actually see when it is part of a large flock? In a murmuration, a flock of starlings interweave intricate, cascading flight patterns around land, wind and other flock formations, without ever colliding. In our upcoming talk, Dr. Manning will elaborate on Ojibwe Anishinaabe ontology through what she terms mnidoo-worlding, which takes as its starting point the presumption of a life-world populated by human and other-than-human persons, “entities/bodies” or, rather, potencies. During these times of radical uncertainty, continuing threats of colonialism, racism, capitalism and climate genocide, Dr. Dolleen Manning will discuss what can we learn from wading into subtle mnidoo regions to collaboratively imagine new futures and formations (Manning 2017).

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Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (PhD) is a member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation and is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar. She is a Queen’s National Scholar in Anishinaabe Language, Knowledge and Culture (ALKC), Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Manning has wide-ranging interests in Anishinaabe ontology, critical theory, phenomenology and art, investigating questions of imaging practices, epistemological sovereignty, and the debilitating impact of settler colonial logics. Manning points to her early childhood grounding in her mother’s Anishinaabe cultural lessons as her primary philosophical influence and source of creativity.

All EFC’s talks are recorded and published on the EFC website 

Thanks to EFC’s partners: York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, Peripheral Visions Lab, and York U AMPD.

Hong Kong’s Struggle for Autonomy in Our Life’s Time: A Tribute to Dr Bernard Luk @ Online Event
Oct 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

2020 Bernard H.K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies
with Dr. Margaret Ng (吳靄儀), politician, barrister, writer and columnist in Hong Kong

Friday, 23 October 2020 | 9h to 11h EST

Discussants: Dr. Rick Sin (School of Social Work, York University) and Dr. Susan Henders (Politics, York University)

The late Professor Bernard Luk and Dr. Margaret Ng were university students in Hong Kong during the stirring events of the 1967 riots in the aftermath of which extensive social reforms were introduced.  The involvement in these events also brought a sharp awareness to their generation of their unique identity and the question of Hong Kong’s future beyond 1997.  This started a long journey in search of a lasting solution.

By the 1970s, though a colony in name, Hong Kong already enjoyed a large degree of autonomy, particularly economically, as an international business centre serving the West as well as a still closed China. What it lacked was greater political autonomy: the recognition of the rights of the local people to participate meaningfully in government. The Sino-British talks, and their outcome—the Joint Declaration in 1985, which decided that Hong Kong would be returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” policy, was a major milestone in Hong Kong’s history. Thereafter, during the 13-year “transition period” and the early era of the HKSAR, the struggle for democracy focussed on the construction and strengthening of the foundational blocks of a new political order under the Basic Law, which will achieve the high degree of autonomy promised. The process was full of controversy, heartening events as well as setbacks and disappointment, ultimately culminating in the “Umbrella Revolution” in 2014.

It was a “revolution” in that it heralded a second generational change: new thinking and ways of struggle were ushered in, ousting the “old democrats”, now considered a spent force. But the aim of the struggle remained unchanged: respect for Hong Kong’s unique identity, and democracy under which Hong Kong people can exercise their right to choose their government. Although the Umbrella “Revolution” also ended with disappointment to its protagonists, the struggle did not die, but flared up even more forcefully in 2019—the “anti-extradition bill” protest movement which traversed the COVID-19 period, and brought about the National Security Law of June 2020: a national law of China that some believe threatens the ultimate dismantling of Hong Kong’s autonomy.

What lessons can one learn from this long struggle? Bernard was a passionate historian with a special interest in education in Hong Kong. He had worked tirelessly to create and preserve archives of Hong Kong’s unique culture. He looked always to the future. Meanwhile, to Bernard’s surprise, the speaker took up law as a belated vocation. The most fitting tribute to this distinguished scholar is to carry on his inquiry of a lifetime, and continue the struggle for autonomy, perhaps in another form.

Dr. Margaret Ng (吳靄儀) is a politician, barrister, writer and columnist in Hong Kong. She was an elected member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong representing the Legal Functional Constituency from 1995–1997 and 1998–2012, which spanned the periods of pre and post-sovereignty changeover in 1997.

Before entering legal practice, Dr. Ng held senior positions in journalism, reporting from the UK on the British parliamentary debates over Hong Kong and later serving as publisher and deputy editor-in-chief of the Ming Pao newspaper during the Sino-British negotiation over Hong Kong in the 1980s. Dr. Ng is also an accomplished author in the fields of philosophy and literature. She received her doctoral degree from Boston University and has written several volumes of critical studies on the martial arts novels of Jin Yong.

On 18 April 2020, Dr. Ng was arrested as one of 15 Hong Kong high-profile democracy figures, on suspicion of organizing, publicizing or taking part in several unauthorized assemblies between August and October 2019 in the course of the anti-extradition bill protests.

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