The Vancouver organization Feminists Deliver has been doing an excellent series of webinars over these past few months. Last month we played its panel discussion called resistance and resurgence — confronting anti-Black racism in Canada.
Today we bring you another one of its presentations — a panel that it put together for Asian Heritage Month called unpacking Asian Heritage Month. Asian Heritage Month was in May, but the ideas explored in this discussion transcend place and time.
In this presentation, panelists will be looking at Asian identity and especially issues related to racism, through the lens of three intersectional Asian feminists. This event was hosted on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver.
- Abeer Yusuf — she/her/hers — Abeer Yusuf is a journalist, writer and community builder currently living on unceded Coast Salish Territories. Abeer migrated to Canada six years ago to pursue a masters in journalism at UBC, and her body of work includes examining identity and belonging, the intersectionality of race and culture, and learning about how we belong (or don’t) in places and spaces. Her interests include living and learning about different models of decoloniality, authentically building connections and community, reading and friendship.
- Kimberley Wong (黄壯慈) — she/they — Kimberley Wong (黄壯慈) is a queer Chinese Canadian femme whose work mirrors the intersections of her identity. She has been recognized by the city and the province for her accomplishments in climate justice and multiculturalism, and her work continues to evolve beyond this. Kimberley currently sits as the chair of the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group, where she is putting her passion for crafting culturally appropriate and progressive policy to use. She also sits as the chair of the Vancouver Just Recovery Coalition, a group dedicated to rebuild post-COVID-19 to better support vulnerable communities, and make a safer, healthier city for all.
- Lara Maestro — she/her/hers — Lara Maestro is a 1.5 generation Filipina settler who came to Coast Salish Territory via Mi’kma’ki. She holds a master of archival studies and a master of library and information studies from the iSchool at UBC, and is a member of Filipinx youth and student organization Sulong UBC (an affiliate of Anakbayan-Canada), as well as Migrante BC. In her organizing work she has tried her best to be of service to her community, both in the diaspora and in the Philippines. While her day job involves doing records management and privacy in the women’s anti-violence sector, the majority of her time outside of paid work is dedicated to educating and organizing Filipino youth and students to mobilize around issues in the Philippines and linking our position as diasporic Filipinos to the problems plaguing our motherland.
- Moderator: Rona Amiri — she/her/hers — Rona Amiri was born in Mashhad, Iran, a decade after her family fled Herat, Afghanistan, during the Soviet invasion. As a child she immigrated to “Vancouver,” Coast Salish Territories, with her family, where she grew up to be an anti-violence advocate. Rona has had the privilege of working at Battered Women’s Support Services since 2013 where she wears a few different hats and has been part of the Feminists Deliver coalition since 2019.
Thanks to Feminists Deliver for permission to podcast this for our rabble listeners.
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