Asian-Canadian women scholars in spotlight at York

York University’s Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) launch the new year with a speaker series showcasing the work of Asian-Canadian women scholars, starting Monday, Jan. 15.

The series begins with “Memories of Internment: Reflections on Hearing and Presenting Japanese Canadian Nisei Women’s Life Stories”, by Pamela Sugiman, associate professor of sociology at McMaster University. Sugiman’s research on second-generation Japanese-Canadian women interned during the Second World War is based on documents in the National Archives of Canada and interviews with 50-60 Nisei women. She questions the image of the silent and passive Japanese-Canadian woman that has dominated scholarly and journalistic writing about the internment.

For further details about the series, go to the Media Relations Web site at