Does the metaphor for coming out work out cross-culturally? What does or can family look like to LGBTQ Asians? What does it mean and how can one be to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ Asian community?
This month’s ACAM Dialogue is focused on LGBTQ+ and non-heteronormative sexualities as well as what it means to be a queer Asian Canadian. UBC students will share their experiences of navigating school, life, and their communities as an LGBTQ Asian, followed by a brief Q+A and an opportunity for attendees to engage in group discussions about current themes and topics within the Asian Canadian community.
Light snacks will be provided and it is free to RSVP.
When: March 3rd from 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Lillooet Room (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre room 301)
Justin Lam (He/him)
Justin is a fourth-year student of French and Asian Studies. His academic interests lie in South Asian linguistics and their ties to expressions of religious (particularly Muslim) identity in the subcontinent. He is a big Mariah Carey fan and highly prefers dogs over cats.
Chandima Silva (He/him)
Chandima is Third year Asian Area Studies student who is interested in the intersections of religion, ethnicity and nationalism. He is also the project assistant at the CISAR. He loves Shyam Selvadurai, ice cream and cats (and dogs).
Yulanda is a queer Chinese settler born on Anishinaabe territory under the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Agreement. They are in her final year of the Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice program with a minor in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies. She is a member of the student committee for the ACAM dialogues on sexual violence, a facilitator of QTBIMPOC space, and a youth organizer in Chinatown. A Virgo sun/moon/rising, Yulanda is a fierce believer in collectivity and possibility, and can be found learning and playing in spaces of magic, community, and utopia.
This event will be taking place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. We recognize that sexual violence plays a key role in colonial and gendered violence, and continues to affect Indigenous communities. As the land which UBC is situated on was taken without consent, we ask settlers to consider what it means to be good guests in the spaces they navigate.
Along the same line of thinking through space, we are prioritizing the ACAM Dialogue as a student and survivor-centric event that centers Indigenous and POC students (particularly Asian Canadian student communities). Please be mindful of this if you plan on attending. If you have any questions or concerns about what it means to be an ally, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This event is organized by the ACAM Dialogues: Extending the Conversation on Sexual Violence in Asian Communities on Campus and Beyond project. These dialogues examine the intersections of race, gender, and violence, especially as they impact Asian student communities and open up spaces for students to share experiences and resources, build analyses, and discuss strategies of organizing against sexual and other forms of violence. The series will culminate in a public symposium in Spring 2017 to bring these conversations to a wider audience at UBC and beyond. For more information, please visit http://