Creation of a Hong Kong Canadian course to support Asian Canadian studies, Hong Kong studies, and the growing HK Canadian diaspora

TitleCreation of a Hong Kong Canadian course to support Asian Canadian studies, Hong Kong studies, and the growing HK Canadian diaspora
Faculty/College/UnitArts
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2022
Project Summary

We will create a course that explores the history, experience, and identity of Hong Kong (HK)-Canadians. With the fast-changing political situation in HK, combined with special immigration schemes from the Canadian government, HKers have been arriving in Canada for permanent residency in substantial numbers not seen since the 1990s. Coinciding with this, the Asian Studies department will introduce a new minor specialization, Asian Language and Culture (ASLC) - HK Studies. Both developments necessitate the creation of a university course that explores various aspects of HK-Canadian experience – both to build and sustain the new ASLC specialization, and to helps current (and incoming) HK-Canadian students connect with the extensive history of this demographic in Canada. The influence of colonization in HK will also be discussed, creating a bridge that intersects HK and Indigenous nations in Canada, helping HK Canadians better understand Indigeneity in Canada, and their responsibilities to Indigenous nations as settlers.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2022/2023
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorBenjamin Cheung
Year 1: Funded Amount22,767
Year 1: Team Members

Benjamin Cheung, Lecturer, Psychology / Asian Canadian and Asian Migration (ACAM) Program, Faculty of Arts
Leo Shin, Associate Professor, History, Faculty of Arts / Convenor, Hong Kong Studies Institute
Christopher Lee, Associate Professor, English Language and Literatures / Director, ACAM Program, Faculty of Arts
John Paul Catungal, Assistant Professor, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies / Interim Director, ACAM Program, Faculty of Arts
Szu Shen, Program Manager, ACAM Program, Faculty of Arts