Subverting Silence: How can we change the dialogue on sexual violence?

ACAM Dialogues Symposium :: Subverting Silence: How can we change the dialogue on sexual violence?

AMS Nest (Performance Theatre), University of British Columbia

April 8, 2017, 11am-5pm

Registration: FREE


“Subverting Silence: How can we change the dialogue on sexual violence?” is the organizing theme for the 2017 ACAM Dialogues Symposium. This public event culminates a year of organizing monthly dialogues on sexual violence as it impacts Asian Canadian communities. We invite you to explore what “subversion” and “silence” mean through Asian Canadian contexts, and how we can take collective action as students, staff, and faculty to change the conversation on sexual violence at UBC and beyond.

11:30am – 1:00pm A Community Panel on strategies to shift the dialogue on sexual violence at UBC.
Panelists: Fred Chou, Kimberley Wong, Leah Horlick, ….

1:00pm – 1:30pm Free Lunch + A Fair featuring local Asian Canadian artists selling their art, Asian Canadian student groups on campus, culturally appropriate support services, and anti-violence/feminist organizations.  

1:30pm – 4:00pm A Screening of the critically acclaimed feature documentary, The Apology (2016), with a potential Q+A interview and discussion with Director Tiffany Hsiung

4:00pm – 5:00pm A Zine Launch Party to celebrate the print publication of the ACAM Dialogues zine. Check out the Call for Submissions here!


The ACAM Dialogues Symposium is generously sponsored by the UBC Equity Enhancement Fund, St. John’s College, AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre, and CiTR 101.9 FM.

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


*Vegetarian and gluten-free food options will be available.

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ACAM Dialogues: Extending the Conversation on Sexual Violence in Asian Communities on Campus and Beyond examines 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. For more information, please visit