Happy Too Asian: Celebrating Activism Against Racism in Media @ W2 – Nov 10, 20122 min read

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Happy Too Asian: Celebrating Activism Against Racism in Media
Talks, Media Workshop and Intergenerational Dialogue, Two Years After the Maclean’s Too Asian article
Live streaming event between Vancouver and Toronto

This November 10, 2012 marks two years since Maclean’s magazine published their racist article entitled “Too Asian”?.

Across Canada, anti-racist activists, members of parliament, coalitions of over 100 organizations, writers, universities and youth decried the article, responded with public education panels, letters, petitions, flash mobs against Macleans and Rogers (the parent company). To date, Maclean’s and Rogers have declined to offer an apology for the article.

Now, it is two years later and HAPPY “TOO ASIAN”: CELEBRATING ACTIVISM AGAINST RACISM IN THE MEDIA is a one day cross-Canada conference celebrating activism and resistance to all forms of racism in the media.

Saturday November 10th, 2012

SFU Harbour Centre – 515 West Hastings Street

New Venue — *W2 – 111 West Hastings, Vancouver BC*
8:30-9:00 – Registration
9:00-3:30 – Keynote speech and events including: media workshop, intergenerational dialogue, live stream all day between Vancouver and Toronto speakersCost – Donation (suggested price $10)
Coffee and morning refreshments will be provided.
Space is limited, please pre-register at: www.happytooasianvancouver.eventbrite.ca
Pay cash at the door or credit card online at time of purchase.
Featured Vancouver Speakers: 

Tetsuro Shigematsu– Called the “the voice of our azn generation” by the Managing editor of Ricepaper magazine, Tetsuro Shigematsu is one of the most provocative new columnists for The Huffington Post. A former writer for This Hour has 22 Minutes, Tetsuro was the first person of color to host a daily national radio program in Canada for the CBC. Follow him @tweetsuro.

Jennifer Chan– is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. In May 2010, she brought a racial discrimination complaint against UBC to the BC Human Rights Tribunal. The BC Supreme Court hearing on this matter will be held on November 13, 2012.

Sid Chow Tan and the Inheriting Resistance project – Raised on Main Street in Battleford Saskatchewan, a graduate of the University of Calgary and an over thirty-five year resident of Saltwater City Vancouver, Sid is best known for his over two decades of work in community media and redress for the Chinese head tax and exclusion laws. His media and politics is informed by a life of anti-racism and social justice activism, occasionally resulting in civil disobedience and arrest.

Live Streamed Speakers from Toronto:

Jan Wong – journalist and author

Winnie Ng – CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy

Jessica Danforth – Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Chris Ramsaroop – community organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers.

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