Project Overview
In 2015 the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded $225,000 over three years for the research project “Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity and the Transpacific” (John Price, Project Director). The purpose of the project is to document and (re)conceptualize Asian Canadian history on Vancouver Island, with specific focus on ties with First Nations and the transpacific. It will look at historical relationships among Asian Canadian communities on Vancouver Island and adjacent islands, their relations with First Nations, and also draw attention to allies who, in standing up for the rights of the marginalized, were harbingers of Canada’s multicultural future. The project’s goals include the establishment of a select digital archive on Asian Canadian/Indigenous history; the writing of two books based on this collection; the construction of a digital history website housing the stories and related inventories from local archives and museums; a learning resource for history instructors; and the mounting of Asian Canadian exhibits in local museums.

Upcoming Events
Lecture: The Legacy of Japanese Canadian Redress: A Reflection/An Assessment

Presented by Dr. Roy Miki, Professor Emeritus (English) of Simon Fraser University. Dr. Miki is an award-winning poet and was one of the leaders in the fight for Japanese Canadian redress. He is the author of several books, including Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004), as well as five books of poems. His third book of poems, Surrender (Mercury Press 2001), received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

Time: 4:30 pm, Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Location: David Strong Building C116, UVIC

On September 22, 1988, Japanese Canadians finally achieved their goal of “justice in our time” for their wrongful internment during the 1940s. On that day, the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) signed a redress agreement with the federal government.

In his talk, Dr. Miki returns to the dynamics of redress in the 1980s, reflecting on the major elements of the NAJC’s position as well as the social and political contexts that shaped the formation of its redress movement. From this perspective, he will offer an assessment of the legacy of redress through an examination of redress agreements offered to other groups. He includes a comparative look at Japanese Canadian redress and the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the most substantial redress agreement to date, signed on May 8, 2006, by representatives of residential school survivors and the federal government.

Time: May 4-6, 2017

Location: Vancouver Island University

“Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity and the Transpacific” (ACVI) project invites students, scholars and community researchers to submit papers for a proposed edited volume on the theme of (Un)Settling the Islands: Race, Indigeneity, and the Transpacific. Papers related to the themes of culture and heritage, and cross-cultural relations with respect to fighting for justice, sports, food, fishing and forestry are particularly welcome.
Papers chosen will be presented as part of 4-5 panels hosted by ACVI at the biannual BC Studies Conference, an interdisciplinary gathering at Vancouver Island University, May 4-6, 2017. If chosen, presenters will be eligible for subsidies for registration and travel to the conference.

Call for papers and posters:
1. Individual papers: title and abstract (250 words). Identify with up to three categories/themes, and (optional) up to three tags; this will assist in grouping papers in an appropriate panel.
2. Posters: title and brief description (50-100 words). Identify with up to three categories/themes, and (optional) up to three tags; this will assist in grouping posters.

Important dates:
1. Deadline for proposals: Sunday, January 15, 2017
2. Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2017
3. Submission of paper for circulation: April 21, 2017
CFP Detail: http://vi-asiancanadians.ca/2016/10/13/acvi-at-bc-studies-conference-may-4-6-2017/