Thursday, May 23, 2019 – 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Over 100 women attended the inaugural event of the Asian Canadian Women’s Alliance (ACWA), a non-partisan network of Asian Canadian Women.
Panelists, representing three generations and eight decades of Asian Canadians were:
1. Joy Kogawa, Japanese-Canadian author (Obasan), Order of Canada recipient, and survivor of Canada’s who survived WWII internment camps
2. Anita Lee, award-winning Korean-Canadian documentary film producer, executive producer for the National Film Board of Canada, and founder of Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
3. Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Chinese-Jamaican-Canadian LGBTQ+ activist, writer, and facilitator
A lively Q & A panel discussion moderated by Jan Wong, encouraged a dialogue which explored the intersectionality of race, gender identities and sexual orientation; the impact of marginalization; and the need for collective actions against racism and oppression.
The event is generously supported by by York Centre for Asian Research (York University), Ryerson University, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Reel Asian International Film Festival.