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The National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism

Resist anti-Asian racism in Canada. Lend your voice. The time is now.

On June 10–11, 2021, we want to hear from you. Join the National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism and contribute to these crucial discussions.

You have a role to play in the fight against pervasive and enduring anti-Asian racism. To address it, we must examine anti-Asian racism within the broader context of racism against Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities. Together, we’ll share stories and create productive solidarities for change.

Through open conversations with key figures in education, health care, media, the corporate world, the not-for-profit sector and government, we’ll produce bold actions and key priorities to be implemented across the country. Participate in these discussions and help shape the fight against racism!

Date: June 10–11, 2021
Cost: Free
Language: This event will be presented primarily in English (with live captions). Simultaneous French and ASL interpretation will be available for most sessions.


7:00 a.m. PDT Presentation of forum objectives in French and discussion about anti-Asian racism within the Francophone context
Santa J. Ono (UBC), Patrick Leong (UBC), Edward Ou Jin Lee (UMontréal), Sophie Hamisultane (UMontréal)
8:00 a.m. PDT Welcome and Opening Remarks
Madison Wong (Global News), Elder Larry Grant (Musqueam), Amber Cardenas (Okanagan Nation), Santa J. Ono (UBC), Teresa Woo-Paw (CRRF)
8:45 a.m. PDT Why Are We Here? Surfacing the Impacts of Anti-Asian Racism
Amy Go (FaceRace (CCNC-SJ)), Kenneth Fung (UHN/UToronto), Olivia Lim (UBC), Ellen K (Project 1907), Sophie Lui (Global BC)
10:00 a.m. PDT Common Cause? Coalition-Building Across Asian Canadian Communities
Elene Lam (Butterfly), Satwinder Bains (UFV), Lara Honrado (Ouano Foundation), Sophie Hamisultane (UMontréal), Julie Tran (Groupe d’entraide contre le racisme envers les asiatiques au Québec), Patrick Leong (UBC), Zool Suleman (Rungh Cultural Society)
11:30 a.m. PDT What Does Media Have To Do With Anti-Asian Racism?
Madison Wong (Global News), Prem Gill (Creative BC), Shachi Kurl (Angus Reid Institute), Barbara Lee (Elimin8hate), Minelle Mahtani (UBC)
12:30 p.m. PDT Break
1:00 p.m. PDT Interactive Breakout Sessions (Concurrent)
Issue tables:
  • Education (K-12, public education, higher education)
    Nicholas Ng-A-Fook (UOttawa), Marissa Largo (NSCAD), Sharn Kaur Sandhra (UFV), Charles Cong Xu (McGill), Sun Woo Biak (SFU), Erin Williams (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada), Violet Cai (McGill), Anne-Claudie Beaulieu (GECREAQ Au Québec), Peter Fang (UBC), Nathan Ip (Edmonton School Board Trustee), Parsa Alirezaei (SFU), Stephanie Cheung (TDSB), Roshni Narain (UBC), Emi Sasagawa (UBC)
  • Health (public health, seniors care, mental health)
    Carla Hilario (UAlberta), Amy Tan (Palliative Care & Family Doctor), Mustafa Ahmed (Fraser Health), Stephanie Sarmiento (X University), Sydney Flores (UBC), Jenny Liu (X University), Kenneth Fung (UNH/UToronto)
  • Justice System
    Julia Shin Doi (Korean Legal Clinic), Steven Ngo (VPABC), Nadia Farinelli (BC Prosecution Service), Jennifer Chow (DOJ), Jacqueline Louie (FACL-BC), Aaron Bains (South Asian Bar Association of Toronto), Rosel Kim (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)), Abigail Cheung (FACL-BC)
  • Representation in Media, Arts, and Culture
    Natasha Jung (Cold Tea Collective), Nilesh Patel (Roaming Pictures), Brian McBay (312 Main), Tetsuro Shigematsu (Theatre Artist/Broadcaster), Deborah Lim (Lincoln Alexander School of Law), Patti Pon (Calgary Arts Development), John Shiga (Ryerson), Wendy Yip (PCHC-MoM), Nathan Sing (Freelance Journalist – VICE/CNN), Zool Suleman (Rungh), Sibo Chen (Ryerson), Tina Chen (UofManitoba)
  • Issues in Housing, Social Services, Elder Care
    Xiaobei Chen (Carleton), Monica Batac (McGill), Doris Chow (Community Organizer), Leilan Wong (UBC), Queenie Choo (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.), Karen Kobayashi (UVic)
  • Government/Policy/Political Representation
    Honourable Mary Ng (MP), MP Nelly Shin, MLA Rachna Singh, MLA Niki Sharma, MLA Michael Lee, Lorene Oikawa (NAJC), Lara Honrado (Ouano Foundation)
  • Economic Issues: Employment, Business
    Carol Liao (UBC), Kai Li (UBC), Margie Parikh (BC Oil and Gas Commission), Sultana Jahangir (South Asian Women’s Rights Organization), Avvy Go (Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic), Michael Tan (Vancouver Chinatown Stewardship), Rickey Yada (UBC)
  • Grassroot Organizing and Coalition Building
    Audrey Kobayashi (Queens), Carolyn Doi (Asian voices YXE), Julie Yu (Asian Voices YXE), Grayson Lee (UofT), Donette Chin Loy (Black North), Danni Olusanya (Canadian Youth Journalism Project), Amanda Wan (UBC), Karen Cho (Montreal Chinatown Working Group, ACT2End Racism, ACCT), Kimberley Wong (Vancouver Chinatown Stewardship Group), Jessica Chen (Montreal Chinatown Working Group)
2:30 p.m. PDT Plenary Session
JP Catungal (UBC), Grayson Lee (UofT)
3:30 p.m. PDT Closing Remarks
Henry Yu (UBC)
8:30 a.m. PDT Closed working sessions
2:00 p.m. PDT Summary of Day 1 and Day 2 outputs
Henry Yu (UBC), Mohammed Hashim (CRRF), Jacqueline Louie (FACL-BC)
3:00 p.m. PDT Keynote Remarks
Janice Fukakusa (Ryerson), Satwinder Bains (UFV), Zool Suleman (Rungh Cultural Society), Hiro Ito (UBC), Santa J. Ono (UBC), Stewart Beck (Asia Pacific Foundation), Pam Sugiman (Ryerson), Gage Averill (UBC)
3:45 p.m. PDT Closing — Thanks and Acknowledgments
Santa J. Ono (UBC)

National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism: Student Dialogue

June 18, 2021 | 3:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. PDT

This Forum speaks to important issues, and we appreciate any time and contributions you are able to make to listening, speaking or just acknowledging this work.  Discussing and reflecting on anti-Asian racism can be triggering, bring up strong and sometimes painful emotions, or remind you of situations you, your loved ones, and communities have experienced.  These are normal reactions to conversations about racism, and you will not be alone in experiencing these reactions. Still, as normal as these reactions may be, how we are affected by them can catch us off guard.

We want you to be emotionally safe and cared for throughout this Forum and afterwards – and encourage you to take care in all the ways that work best for you, your family, and community. We hope and encourage you to take a moment to breathe deeply and connect with people who support you, if you have those. You are also invited to selectively participate in whatever parts of the Forum feel good, important and/or necessary to you, and then balance that with time to rest, recharge, and recenter. 

Are you involved with an organization that is working to address anti-Asian racism in Canada? Connect with us.


General Inquiries:


Media Inquiries:

Matthew Ramsey
UBC Media Relations
Tel: 604-827-0781
Cel: 604-518-5835

This event is possible through the generous support of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.