New Writing From Our Associates

Michael Nijhawan, Lily Cho:
Faculty Associate Michael Nijhawan (Sociology) is co-editor of ‘Contesting Memory and Citizenship,’ a special journal issue of Citizenship Studies (Volume 22, Issue 4) published earlier this spring. He also co-wrote the issue’s introduction, which looks at how the past continues to inform debates on Canadian identity in relation to the legacy of settler colonialism and its enduring impacts on Indigenous peoples, immigration and the transnationalization of Canadian society. Faculty Associate Lily Cho’s (English) article examines a complex bureaucratic process of remembering that was central to the Chinese head tax system in Canada known as C.I.9s (Chinese Immigration 9).

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Nijhawan, Daphne Winland (Anthropology) and Jenny Wüstenberg (Politics) organized the November 2017 workshop, with the support of YCAR, the Canada150 initiative and the Departments of Politics and Anthropology.


Asia Research Brief |
In our latest Asia Research Brief, “Understanding Knowledge Culture in Late Imperial China,” Lianbin Dai (YCAR CCKF Postdoctoral Fellow) tackles conventional understandings of Neo-Confucian activists. Liabin proposes a shift away from dichotomous frameworks that separate moral cultivation from statecraft. He suggests that statecraft knowledge and skills were an important part of Neo-Confucian ideals of self-cultivation. His research traces the impact of programmes of learning developed by Neo-Confucian scholar, Zhu Xi.

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Asia Colloquia Paper | Hong Saihwa
Grounded in his own experiences as one of the most prominent figures in the progressive movement in South Korea, Saihwa Hong (Sehwa Hong) examines the challenges and opportunities facing the Korean left in this talk delivered at the York Centre for Asian Research on 19 April 2017. Hong maps out historical events that have led to the current social and political conditions in Korea, which, he argues, have disempowered the working class and the progressive left more broadly. He takes up the role of the division of North and South Korea, Japanese imperialism, democratization and neoliberalism in shaping the structure of the education system, party politics and class consciousness. For Hong, these conditions require the progressive left to come up with new strategies to ensure a successful future for the movement and make “another democracy” possible.

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Asia Research Brief | Amardeep Kaur
In our latest Asia Research Brief, “Languages of Wisdom: Multi-lingual Poetry in the Guru Granth Sahib,” Amardeep Kaur (Geography) explores the vernacular pluralism of the sacred text of Sikhi. She takes the reader through a close reading and translation of excerpts that illustrate the multiple geographic and linguistic origins of the text and how this affects meaning and interpretation. Find the brief at