March 18, 2017

Downstream: Reimagining Water

This anthology brings together artists, writers, scientists, scholars, environmentalists, and activists who understand that our shared human need for clean water is crucial to building peace and good relationships with one another and the planet. This book explores the key roles that culture, arts, and the humanities play in supporting healthy water-based ecology and provides local, global, and Indigenous perspectives on water that help to guide our societies in a time of global warming. The contributions range from practical to visionary, and each of the four sections closes with a poem to encourage personal freedom along with collective care.

This book contributes to the formation of an intergenerational, culturally inclusive, participatory water ethic. Such an ethic arises from intellectual courage, spiritual responsibilities, practical knowledge, and deep appreciation for human dependence on water for a meaningful quality of life. Downstream illuminates how water teaches us interdependence with other humans and living creatures, both near and far.

6 pm, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
READ Bookstore, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
1399 Johnston St., Granville Island
unceded Coast Salish territories

Please feel free to invite your friends! The event page is at

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March 6, 2017

ACAM Dialogues Zine Call for Submissions - Deadline March 20

ACAM Dialogues is collecting submissions for a student-driven zine scheduled to be completed by early April 2017. In this zine we hope to gather testimonies (what did you learn / what surprised you / what “stuck” with you) about this year’s ACAM Dialogues events and any visual art, creative writing, photos, etc. in relation to violence in Asian communities. We want to create a space for students to connect with one another beyond the events through this zine. Note: you do not need to have attended any/all of the Dialogues to submit!
  • Potential themes to explore // *This list is not exhaustive and we welcome other topics too! 
  • Rethinking the UBC Sexual Assault Policy through an Asian Canadian Lens 
  • Reclaiming our Bodies: Asian identities/sexualities on screen (media portrayals) 
  • Sexual and relationship violence in Asian Canadian communities 
  • Queer Asian Canadians 
  • Healthy Asian masculinities
How to talk to family about these issues and intergenerational trauma
Solidarity w/in, across, outside of Asian Canadian/Asian diaspora communities
Check out for a refresher of our past events.


Deadline for submission is Monday, March 20, 2017


-If your piece is selected, we may contact you for edits.
- All submissions can be sent to Feel free to also email us with any questions that you may have.


The zine will be distributed to local nonprofits, libraries, and at various community events mostly within the UBC / Asian Canadian community. A downloadable version of the zine may be available online. The zine will be launched at the ACAM Dialogues symposium on Saturday, April 8th, 2017. Details to come.   Please share widely. We look forward to reading your submissions!

This zine project is organized by the student committee of ACAM Dialogues: Extending the Conversation on Sexual Violence in Asian Communities on Campus and Beyond. ACAM 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

March 2, 2017

An Evening With Acclaimed Novelist Madeleine Thien

Join internationally-acclaimed Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien for an exclusive, intimate evening conversation about her latest book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing.  The event is a fundraiser for the One To One Literacy Society and will highlight one of the most celebrated authors of 2016.  CBC has declared her "Canada's newest literary star."
The New York Times says, "Thien writes with the mastery of a conductor who is as in command of the symphony’s tempo as she is attuned to the nuances of each individual instrument."
 Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the Governor-General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Giller Prize, and it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  Madeleine will read selections from the work and answer your questions about the novel, the art of writing, and life after gaining literary celebrity.

Hosted by New Westminster writer, JJ Lee, it will be an evening of book talk, refreshments, food, and good company by a roaring fire.

Questions? Call JJ Lee, at 604-540-1793.

The event is held in sponsorship with the Art Council of New Westminster and Fresh St. Market.

Net proceeds benefitting the ONE TO ONE Literacy Society, a unique children’s literacy program that provides one-to-one tutoring to children in elementary schools during regular school hours.

Their trained volunteer tutors work with students who are identified by their teachers as needing a boost in their literacy skills. Typically, each student spends approximately 30 minutes two to four times a week with a volunteer tutor.

ONE TO ONE provides these children with an opportunity to practice their reading in an environment where it is okay to take risks, make mistakes, and learn at their own pace.

A charitable receipt for a portion of admission will be issued by the society to ticket holders.

December 21, 2016

Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies program launch of Tributaries, a student-run Journal

The Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies program invites you to join us at it’s first academic ACAM journal launch, The ACAM undergraduate journal is a new student-run publication that reaches across various disciplines, genres, and forms, to consider topics around Asian and Asian Canadian identity. The journal seeks to recognize and encourage dialogue around these topics, and to grow as these dialogues continue. Submissions from all UBC students, disciplines and cultural contexts at are welcome. The inaugural issue, “Tributaries”, features collected poetry, short stories, visual art, and essays. This event will be taking place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.

To celebrate, you are warmly invited to our launch party from 12 – 1PM in the Dodson Room 302 (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC) on January 6th 2017. Free lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. We are also inviting contributors to read and share their work with the audience. Hope to see you there!

*Registration: RSVP now to save your seat as there is limited
*Accessibility info:
From East Mall, enter the Learning Centre through the main doors. Dodson Room is on level 3 in The Chapman Learning Commons. There are two good sized elevators on the lobby level (east mall entrance) that access all levels of the Learning Centre.
*Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs at