Ajay Parasram: Frequently Asked White Questions

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[Are you a white person with questions about how race affects different situations, but you feel awkward, shy, or afraid to ask the people of colour in your life? Are you a racialized person who is tired of answering the same questions over and over? The author of Frequently Asked White Questions and a senior editor at The Tyee have you covered, with a no-nonsense discussion about anti-Asian racism and what we can do to fight back.

Come join Ajay Parasram and Jackie Wong in conversation with cultural engagement strategist Hanna Cho as they unpack the most pressing questions about what is driving discrimination in our communities today, whether popular attitudes have changed in recent years, and how we can build a society free of racism.](https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/641603b61b120d6975c52a45)

AJAY PARASRAM is a multigenerational transnational byproduct of the British empire, with roots in South Asia, the Caribbean and the settler cities of Halifax, Ottawa and Vancouver. He is an associate professor in the Departments of International Development Studies, History and Political Science at Dalhousie University in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), unceded Mi’kma’ki. His research interests surround the colonial present, or the many ways through which strings of historical colonial entanglements continue to tighten the limit of political action today, and how those strings might be undone.

JACKIE WONG is a senior editor with The Tyee, where she has led many special reporting projects, including series on B.C.’s illicit drug overdose crisis and housing crisis. In addition to her work in journalism, Wong has worked as a facilitator, writer, editor and educator in Vancouver’s non-profit and post-secondary communities. She has also worked with the Hua Foundation on racial equity issues, with Megaphone as an editor and writing workshop facilitator, and as an undergraduate instructor in SFU’s Semester in Dialogue and UBC’s creative writing program.

HANNA (HYE-NA) CHO is a cultural engagement strategist who lives in the unceded territory of Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples. She is the founder and principal of Hamkkeh Consulting, a cultural and digital planning company that operates at the nexus of community, technology, and culture. She has been shaking things up in museums, policy, and digital humanities for over 15 years, and traces of her creative work, teaching, and leadership can be found across Canada, Asia, and the U.S. Connecting the dots between history, culture, and social change is what drives Hanna in her efforts to expand and enliven interdisciplinary conversations around equity and contemporary issues, through creativity, care, and action.

This event is part of Uplift Asian, a programming series at VPL designed to celebrate Asian voices and push back against discrimination.

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