Faculty

John_PriceJohn Price

A historian at the University of Victoria, John Price has worked with Asian Canadian communities in Victoria and Vancouver for the past ten years. He has extensive experience conducting archival work at the Victoria City Archives, BC Archives, Kaatza Station Museum (Lake Cowichan), BC Legislative Library, Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa), British National Archives (Kew Gardens), British Library (London), Jiangmen City Archives, China (江门市档案局), Japan’s Diplomatic Archives (外交資料館), Tokyo. He was the director of the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (see https://ccap.uvic.ca) and is the author of Orienting Canada: Race, Empire and the Transpacific (UBC Press, 2011). he is ACVI’s project director.

Christine O’Bonsawin

Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Victoria. Dr. O’Bonsawin is in regular contact with Indigenous students and communities across Vancouver Island. An accomplished scholar in the field of Indigenous peoples in sports, she will examine Asian Canadian and First Nations’ sports history on the Island, an integral part of community life from the 1920s on. Her recent publications include “Indigenous Peoples and Canadian-Hosted Olympic Games,” in Forsyth and Giles (eds.), Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013). She provides ongoing assistance in guiding the project in its approach to First Nations history, the protocols of contacting communities, and theoretical questions related to Indigeneity.

E2GM_ILim-xImogene Lim

Previously chair of anthropology at Vancouver Island University, Dr. Lim has extensive experience in community-based research related to Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island. She has conducted comparative research on Chinese in America, as well as extensive fieldwork on Chinatowns in Nanaimo and Cumberland. Her work often crosses ethnic boundaries as with her chapter “Encountering the Past: Family and Community History,” in Phyllis Sense, ed., Shashin: Japanes Canadian Photography to 1942 (Burnaby, BC: Japanese Canadian National Museum, 2005). She is currently working with community activists to restore and protect the Old Hillside Chinese Cemetery in Duncan, Vancouver Island. She sits on the Coal Creek Historical Park Advisory Committee in Cumberland and was a founding member of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC.

Tusa SheaTusa Shea

Receiving her PhD in Art History in 2012, Tusa Shea is currently the Program Coordinator for the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria. Her scholarly work includes a focus on culture, gender, and Indignity. (“Fabric of the Nations Art: Appropriation of First Nations Motifs During the interwar Period in British Columbia,” in Birnbaum and Anna Novakov eds. Essays on Women’s Artistic and Cultural Contributions 1919-1939: Expanded Social Roles for the New Woman Following the First World War (Edwin Mellon Press, 2009). She has extensive experience working in partnership with museums staff throughout the project, most recently with the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project.

Rita Kaur DhamoonRita Kaur Dhamoon

Professor Dhamoon teaches in the political science department at the University of Victoria. Her current research program is grounded in critical race feminism, and includes a book project on Sikhs in Canada and nation-building; research on intersectionality and solidarity politics between people of colour and Indigenous people; and an intersectional analysis of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, with Dr. Olena Hankivsky (SFU). Her publications include Identity/Difference Politics: How Difference is Produced and Why It Matters (UBC Press, 2009). Rita Dhamoon organized commemorative activities related to the 100th anniversary of the Yamagata Maru incident of 1914. (Currently on leave.)