UBC’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Program presents “Sexual Violence in Asian Communities in Canada.”

Join Dr. Nora Angeles, Dr. JP Catungal, and K.Ho as they discuss sexual violence in Asian communities in Canada. The audience will engage in a facilitated dialogue with the panelists as we explore how sexual violence impacts Asian communities in Canada through the context of colonization and racism. How might certain cultural codes inform sexual violence against women and LGBTQ people in Asian communities in Canada? What can these communities do to address sexual violence, keeping in mind particular histories of violence and oppression? We invite you to explore these questions and more in this engaging panel discussion with ACAM faculty, students, and friends. As well, Dr. CJ Rowe will be present to talk about support services available at UBC and in the larger Vancouver community.

This event took place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation on March 18, 2016.

Speaker Bios

Leonora (Nora) C Angeles is Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program at the University of British Columbia. She is currently the Graduate Program Advisor of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also faculty research associate at the UBC Centre for Human Settlements where she has been involved in a number of applied research and capacity-building research projects in Brazil, Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries. Her continuing research and interests are on community and international development studies and social policy, participatory planning and governance, participatory action research, and the politics of transnational feminist networks, women’s movements and agrarian issues, particularly in the Southeast Asian region.

Dr. JP Catungal is Instructor I (Tenure-Track) in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in the GRSJ Institute. His teaching interests include anti-racist feminisms, queer-of-colour critique, the politics of knowledge production, and migration and diaspora studies. JP’s research develops queer-of-colour and anti-racist feminist interventions in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is also engaged in ongoing work on racial geographies of sexual health, alignments between homonationalism and straight allyship, and queer-of-colour theorizing in Filipinx-Canadian studies.

K is a queer, non-binary Chinese settler raised in unceded Coast Salish territories. They put energy into QTIPOC communities, representations, and activisms. Currently, they are facilitating a student directed seminar titled “Voices from the Margins: Critical Perspectives on Race, Sexuality, and Settler Colonialism,” focusing on women of colour and Indigenous feminisms, queer of colour critiques, and community- and art-based resistance movements. K is an editor for The Talon and a portrait photographer whose work is framed in community representation and radical visibility.

CJ Rowe is a Diversity Advisor, Sexual Assault Intervention & Prevention in Student Development and Services at UBC and received a Ph.D. in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education in 2014. CJ’s work as a Diversity Advisor, uses a feminist intersectional approach to provide leadership in the development and implementation of the University’s Sexual Assault Intervention and Prevention Education plan. CJ’s research interests include queer theory, postfeminism, embodied pedagogy, performance studies, and women’s music.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Basanti-Sidhu, H. (. (2013). Sexual Abuse in the South Asian Diaspora Community of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. [Link]

Hodgson, J. F., & Kelley, D. S. (2002;2001;). Sexual violence: Policies, practices, and challenges in the united states and canada. Westport, Conn: Praeger. [Link]

Postmus, J. L., & Gale (Firm). (2013;2012;). Sexual violence and abuse: An encyclopedia of prevention, impacts, and recovery. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO. [Link]

Thiara, R. K., Gill, A. K., & Ebrary Academic Complete (Canada) Subscription Collection. (2009;2010;). Violence against women in south asian communities: Issues for policy and practice. London;Philadelphia, PA;: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [Link]

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