Date: May 26, 2021
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom event

This conversation between Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal  and Dr. Christine Kim will think about Asian racialization during the pandemic. It will historicize this moment within longer histories of Asian migration and consider the different trajectories of particular Asian Canadian populations. The speakers will draw on their own research on Filipino and Korean diasporas during this talk. In doing so, this conversation hopes to expand conversations about Asian Canadian identities and heritage to include social and economic structures and begin to imagine new, more socially just horizons.

Christine Kim is Associate Professor and editor of the journal Canadian Literature. Her teaching and research focus on Asian North American literature and theory, Canadian literature, diaspora studies, and cultural studies. She is the author of The Minor Intimacies of Race (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and co-editor of Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora and Indigeneity (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012). She has contributed chapters to essay collections on Asian Canadian literature and theatre and published articles in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Interventions, Mosaic, Studies in Canadian Literature, and Journal of Intercultural Studies. Christine is a founding co-director of Simon Fraser University’s Institute of Transpacific Cultural Research and a faculty affiliate of UBC’s Asian Canadian Studies and Asian Migration program (ACAM). Currently she is working on a SSHRC funded book-length project on representations of North Korea, cultural fantasies, and Cold War legacies.

John Paul (JP) Catungal is Assistant Professor in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and incoming Interim Director of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies at the University of British Columbia. His work as a scholar and teacher draws on and contributes to critical race and ethnic studies, queer of colour theorizing, and urban geographies of migration and diaspora. His past and current research concern the cultural production and organizing efforts of migrant, racialized and LGBTQ communities in the fields of sexual health and education. JP is co-editor of "Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility" (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and a member of the editorial collective for ACME International Journal for Critical Geographies. 

Event details: 

May 26, 2021
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Virtual event, zoom link will be provided in confirmation email after you register to attend.