Refugee Lifeworlds: Celebrating Dr. Y-Dang Troeung

On Tuesday March 7, at 4 pm, we invite you to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Y-Dang Troeung, whose generosity and sharpness of mind made her a treasured colleague and friend across the UBC community.

Dr. Y-Dang Troeung was a brilliant and resounding scholar in critical refugee studies, transnational Asian literatures, transpacific Cold War studies, and critical disability studies. At the core of Dr. Troeung’s work was a fierce commitment to the lived experiences of refugee communities, and, in her words, to “excavating and animating the subjugated knowledges of Cambodian people and Cambodian refugees.” Her first academic monograph, Refugee Lifeworlds: The Afterlife of the Cold War in Cambodia (Temple University Press), was published in August 2022. It beautifully weaves familial and personal narratives with rigorous critique in order to examine the afterlife of the Cold War in Cambodia.

This celebration of life will feature two panel discussions on Refugee Lifeworlds and announcements about her forthcoming publications. Copies of Refugee Lifeworlds will be available for in-person cash purchase throughout the event. This event can be attended in-person or virtually via Zoom.

This event is organized by ACAM and the Department of English Language & Literatures, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, Canadian Literature, Public Humanities Hub, St. John’s College UBC, and the Faculty of Arts.

Event details and RSVP

Date and time: Tuesday, March 7, 4-7:30 pm

Location: Marine Drive Ballroom (2205 Lower Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4)

This event is free and open to the public, but make sure to RSVP to reserve a seat. Virtual participation will be facilitated via Zoom; information on how to join can be found in the RSVP confirmation message.

As announced in June 2022, UBC no longer requires students, faculty and staff to wear non-medical masks, but UBC continues to recommend that masks be worn in indoor public spaces. For this in-person event, ACAM also recommends the wearing of masks for the safety of vulnerable members of the community, as well as all guests.

Share a memory or message to celebrate Y-Dang

Y-Dang and her work have touched so many of us in transformative ways. We encourage you to celebrate Y-Dang with us by leaving a message or sharing a memory using this submission form. Your message will be shared privately with Y-Dang’s family and may be shared in a public tribute.