Frequently Asked White Questions Vancouver Launch

  • Date: November 2, 2022
  • Starts: 6:00pm
  • Location: Progress Lab 1422
  • Address: 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC

On Wednesday, November 2, join Massy Arts Society, Massy Books and Progress Lab 1422 for the launch of Frequently Asked White Questions by Ajay Parasram and Alex Khasnabish. Inviting tired-out racialized friends and well-intentioned allies for an evening of humour and compassion with author Ajay Parasram. In conversation with Jivesh Parasram, the two discuss about how race structures our everyday and the frequently asked questions around these lived experiences.

Registration is free, open to all and mandatory for entrance.

Purchase Frequently Asked White Questions by Ajay Parasram and Alex Khasnabish at Massy Books.

Venue Accessibility & Covid Protocol

This event will be held outdoors at Progress Lab 1422 at 1422 William Street, Vancouver. There will be ample standing room and chairs are available for those who want them. There are no stairs. All-gender and wheelchair accessible washrooms are inside on the main level. Masks are encouraged to continue keeping our communities safe.

The Book

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? This book is for you: a basic guide for people learning about racial privilege.

In Frequently AskedWhite Questions, Alex Khasnabish and Ajay Parasram answer ten of the most commonquestions asked of them by people seeking to understand how race structures our every day. Drawing from their lived experiences as well as live sessions of their monthly YouTube series Safe Space for White Questions, the authors offer concise, accessible answers to questions such as, “Is it possible to be racist against white people?” or “Shouldn’t everyone be treated equally?” With humour and compassion, this book offers relatable advice and a practical entry point into conversations about race.

The Authors

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.

Alex Khasnabish is a writer, researcher and teacher committed to collective liberation living in Halifax, on unceded and unsurrendered Mi’kmaw territory. He is a professor in sociology and anthropology at Mount Saint Vincent University. His research focuses on radical imagination, radical politics, social justice and social movements.

The Moderator

Jivesh Parasram is a multidisciplinary artist and cultural worker of Indo-Caribbean descent (Trinidad & Tobago/Cairi). He is a founding member and Artistic Producer of the international award winning (and unfortunately titled) collective Pandemic Theatre. Jiv grew up in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), and spent over a decade as a freelance artist in Tk’aronto (Toronto) before moving to the Unceded Coast Salish Territories to join the team at Rumble Theatre as Artistic Director. Recent projects include: Take d Milk, Nah? (Pandemic/Rumble); And you’ll never believe what happens next…(Pressgang); Daughter (Quiptake/Theatre Centre/ Pandemic); The Sound of the Beast (Theatre Passe Muraille).

Co-sponsored by Massy Books.

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