YCAR 2018 Annual General Meeting @ To be confirmed.
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am
YCAR 2018 Annual General Meeting @ To be confirmed.

The YCAR 2018 Annual General Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 10:00am*

*Pending the resolution of the current labour dispute.

Intersectional Approaches to Understanding Asian Canadian Youth Experiences of Integration and Cultural Identity in Diaspora: A Workshop
Sep 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm


What is our goal?

To present research findings and engage in a discussion on interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to understanding youth identities. During the workshop scholars and graduate students will present on their research findings from across studies with a particular focus on multicultural, immigrant and refugee receiving contexts.

Who might this workshop be of interest to?

Educators, researchers, policy makers, service providers, and youth interested in youth identity, diversity, and inclusion.


Event Details

Date: Friday 7 September 2018 Location: York University Time: 1:30pm- 4:30pm

*Seats are limited; please RSVP by Wednesday 5 September to:

Workshop funded by: York Centre for Asian Research, York University

Organized by: Women’s Health Research Chair in Mental Health Office Faculty of Health, York University

Phantom Services: Deflecting Migrant Workers in China @ Kaneff Tower, Room TBA
Sep 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Speaker: Kevin O’Brien (UC Berkeley)

As China urbanizes, more migrants need and expect public services. Many municipalities, however, deflect demands for benefits instead of meeting them or denying them outright. Within cities, the authorities may establish nearly impossible eligibility requirements or require paperwork that outsiders struggle to obtain. Municipal leaders may also nudge migrants to seek healthcare or education elsewhere by enforcing dormant rules, shutting a service down, or encouraging them to pursue cheaper options in another city or in the countryside. Urban officials deflect migrants for both political and practical reasons. Limiting access isolates and disempowers migrants and is cheaper than offering benefits. Phantom services are also politically appealing at a time when the central government is calling for greater benefits for non-locals and urging people to move to small cities, but municipal authorities must deal with migrants who continue to appear in large numbers in the biggest, most desirable cities.

Bio: Kevin O’Brien is the Bedford Professor of Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC-Berkeley. A student of contemporary Chinese politics, he has written on legislative politics, local elections, fieldwork strategies, popular protest, policy implementation, protest policing, and political reform. His most recent work centers on the Chinese state and theories of popular contention, particularly as concerns protest control and types of repression that are neither “soft” nor “hard.”

All are honoured!

This event is presented by the Nathanson Centre and the York Centre for Asian Research.


Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) Information Session @ Room 857, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus
Sep 26 @ 2:00 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 the Info Session at the YCAR Welcome Back Meet & Greet to be held at the Eighth Floor Common Area, Kaneff Tower.

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.

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For more information:

YCAR’s Welcome Back Meet & Greet 2018 @ Common Area, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus
Sep 26 @ 2:30 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.

For more information:
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South Asia Gulf Migration Corridor: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow  @ Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower | York University
Oct 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

S. Irudaya Rajan is Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala. Rajan co-authored Politics of Migration: Indian Emigration in a Globalized World (2015) and has published extensively on migration in Kerala and the Gulf states including overseas recruitment, impact on the local economy, migration to the Gulf states and the reintegration of returnees.

Margaret Walton-Roberts is Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University and is affiliated with the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her recent research explores issues of gender and skilled migration in India and ASEAN countries.

Jolin Joseph is a Doctoral Candidate in the Graduate Programme in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Her research examines the trajectories and lived experience of South Asian migrant domestic workers through the lens of precarity, liminal (il)legality and agency.

Chair and Event Organizer
Tania Das Gupta, Equity Studies, York University

This event is co-presented by the York Centre for Asian Research, the Department of Equity Studies and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University and the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS).