YCAR Associates in the Media

Sara Furhan (History) was interviewed by The Intercept about the challenges of her research on the Royal Medical College of Baghdad. The article discusses the challenges Sara and other researchers face as a result of the destruction of archives in Iraq after the 2003 U.S. invasion and brings into focus questions of ownership, protection and removal of national documents in times of war. The article provides insights into Sara’s challenge against the New York Times publication, “The ISIS Files,” authored by Rukmini Callimachi who wrote the piece based on documents that she removed from Iraq. Read the article at https://theintercept.com/2018/05/23/isis-files-podcast-new-york-times-iraq/

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Congratulations to Ali Kazimi (Film) on the release of his new documentary, Random Acts of Legacy. In the film, Ali finds a rare cache of deteriorating 16mm home movies spanning from 1936 to 1951, and deftly crafts a story of history and memory. The family archive that Kazimi discovers was the work of Silas Henry Fung. Fung’s passion for art, film and documentation reveals a rare portrait of a creative and enterprising Chinese American family in Middle America during the Depression years, and offers a surprising counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Chinese Americans in his day. Find out more at http://bit.ly/ARF_RALegacy

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Gregory Chin (Political Science) was interviewed and quoted by the CBC (Don Pittis) about the US-China trade conflict–and how China may respond: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/trade-war-china-trump-1.4720671

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Lily Cho (English) makes a CBC TV appearance to discuss how a post-war wave of Chinese immigration helped open Canadians up to a new cuisine.

The 1950s episode of CBC’s “Back in Time for Dinner” aired 21 June 2018. Stream it online: https://watch.cbc.ca/media/back-in-time-for-dinner/season-1/episode-2/38e815a-00eaa6cf1ab

“Chinese restaurants were always very inexpensive, and in that sense, very democratic. Because everybody could eat at a Chinese restaurant.”

“You had a lot of racism towards Chinese people but at the same time, Canadians were embracing Chinese food. It was this really interesting bridge opening people up to the idea of difference. In many ways, it’s the legacy of multiculturalism.”

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