In January 2006, the Economist featured an article about a map that sparked an international debate between cartographers, anthropologists and historians who have since been diligently working to prove that the Chinese beat Christopher Columbus to the Americas.
At home on Canada’s west coast, we know that there has been at least over 150 years of interdependence and community relations between the Aboriginals of British Columbia and the Chinese who migrated there. The shared experiences of exclusion, racism, perseverance, intermarriage and economic challenges are interwoven into the fabric of a complex and little known history between the two cultures.
On Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chamber, the Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 101 Centrepointe Drive, will proudly host a special presentation Cedar and Bamboo: The Shared History of First nations and Chinese Canadian Communities. This program is in honour of Asian Heritage Month and together with the Library is co-sponsored by the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the Ottawa Chinese Community Services Centre.
Keynote speakers, Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Ph.D. D.Litt., and Dr. Timothy J. Stanley, Vice-Dean, University of Ottawa will be featured on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chamber. The documentary film, Cedar and Bamboo, which profiles four individuals of First Nations/Chinese ancestry will be screened. Refreshments will be served by T&T Supermarket following the presentation.
Senator Dyck will speak about her mixed Chinese and Native Canadian background. Professor Stanley will discuss how the shared experience of exclusion and racism often resulted in marriage and economic interaction between the two cultures.
The Honourable Dr. Lillian Dyck is Vice-Chair of the Aboriginal Peoples Committee and member of the Social Affairs, Science & Technology Committee of the Senate. Senator Dyck is the first female First Nations Senator and the first Canadian-born Chinese Senator.
Dr. Timothy Stanley, Vice-Dean of Academic Programs, is professor of Education Foundations, Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. The title of his most recent book is:
Contesting White Surpremacy : School Segregation, Anti-racism, and the Making of Chinese Canadians.
We invite everyone to join us for this FREE presentation. Resources related to this presentation are available at the Ottawa Public Library and through links to various web sites.