January 12, 2022

Brandon Leung, ‘Chinatown Forever Changing’: Jim Wong-Chu’s Pender East' - on January 19, 2022


Brandon Leung's presentation focuses on his Master of Art's thesis, which explores the historical context of late Asian Canadian artist and activist Jim Wong- Chu’s photographic and poetic album Pender East, which is held in the Jim Wong-Chu fonds, University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC).  Leung discusses the album in the context of Asian Canadian Cultural Activism of the 1970s, the same time period when the photographs within the album were taken, applying the movement’s relationship to community, history and cultural representation to his analysis. Viewing the photographs and poems through this lens reveals how the album visually represents Chinese Canadian identity through the photographs, poems and its structure. Additionally, as much of this information is not accessible from within the RBSC database, Leung outlines how the relationship between the album and the knowledge surrounding it can be maintained through its catalogue record.   An article from Brandon Leung about the Jim Wong-Chu Fonds at the the UBC Library's Rare Books and Special Collections can be read here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 4:00-7:00pm (PST) / 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

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