A message from the director

Autumn 2021

Dear colleagues and friends of YCAR,

One of the great privileges for academics is the summer. Not because it is a vacation time. Instead it is the time for our scholarly research. For those of us focused on Asia, the summer usually provides the opportunity to travel to the region. This year, however, travelling to Asia continues to be a challenge (I was not able to visit Indonesia). We nevertheless hope that at least you have been able to find time to read, think and write at home. And now we are at the end of August, so reality sets in with the start of the semester . . .

Whatever that reality may be for you, please feel sure that YCAR is still here to support your research plans, including grant applications. We can always be reached virtually at ycar@yorku.ca. In addition, Alicia, our coordinator, will physically be in the Centre part-time, this fall, dependent on the university’s response to the pandemic situation. Fall will be filled with uncertainty. We will continue to hold activities and host events and we welcome the opportunity to work with you this year on your initiatives. As in the past, YCAR has various funding opportunities. Please visit for more details.

YCAR provides a community for more than 250 faculty, student and community associates. Please encourage your incoming (and current) students to join us. Let them know about YCAR and what it can offer them. This includes our graduate student awards, four of which—for research on the Koreas/Diaspora, Philippines/Diaspora and Hakka Studies—have an October deadline.

Poster for the 2021 GDAS Information SessionWe would also like to invite York graduate students who may be interested in the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) to join Radhika Mongia, YCAR’s Associate Director and the GDAS Coordinator, for our annual information session on 29 September.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Eve Haque (DLLL), Zulfikar Hirji (Social Anthropology) and Ethel Tungohan (Politics) to our Executive Committee as well as all of our Associates who joined us this summer from programmes and departments across the university.

Lastly, I want to thank you all for your support of YCAR over these many years. YCAR will be 20 years old in 2022! Don’t you think it deserves a celebration? We are open to suggestions on the best ways to celebrate this milestone and will be creating a fund to support activities organized in conjunction in our anniversary year.

All the best for a happy, safe and productive fall term.