CCF News Bulletin for Thurs, Sept 21st
Canada-China Focus
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UVic Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives presents: Book Launch with Dr. Zhongping Chen, "Transpacific Reform and Revolution:
The Chinese in North America, 1898−1918"

When: Tuesday, Sept 26 @ 3:30pm PT
Where: University of Victoria, Cornett (COR) A120

Transpacific Reform and Revolution: The Chinese in North America, 1898−1918 (Stanford University Press) focuses on Chinese political history in Victoria, Vancouver, and other cities along the Pacific coast of North America. It shows how Chinese migrants broke through racist barriers to identify themselves with Canadian constitutional monarchism, American republicanism, and other Western political cultures in the reformist and revolutionary fights for a modern China. 
 In particular, it details how Kang Youwei, a leader of the first but failed political reform in modern China in 1898, came to Victoria the next year and started an overseas Chinese political movement for reform of both China and Chinatowns.It also describes how Sun Yat-sen, the father of Republican China, won strong support first from Chinese Freemasons in Victoria and Vancouver and then from most migrants in North American Chinatowns in his revolutionary movement for the Republic of China from around 1911 to 1918. Moreover, this book uncovers previously untold stories of historic events in Canadian and American histories, such as the first Chinese women‘s political association that started from Victoria in 1903 and spread to ten Canadian and American cities by 1905, as well as the interrelated political assassinations in San Francisco‘s Chinatown in 1915 and in Victoria‘s Chinatown in 1918.  Books will be available for purchase at the book launch.




UVic Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives: "National Security Guidelines: The Impact on Chinese Researchers at Canadian Universities"

Hybrid panel with Qiang Zha, John Price & Lin Cai

When: Thursday, Oct 5 @ 4:15 - 5:45pm PT
Where: In person at CAPI Boardroom Fraser A168a (within the Diana M. Priestly Law Library) 
or Online (Register Here for Online Attendance)
The Canadian government implemented “National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships” in 2021, which have required some researchers who apply for federal funds to undergo an additional screening by national security agencies. Having started with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), this policy will soon expand to other federal funding bodies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in 2023. The guidelines are intended to “help safeguard Canada‘s research ecosystem from foreign interference, espionage, and unwanted knowledge transfer that could contribute to: advancements in military, security and intelligence capabilities of states or groups that pose a threat to Canada; or disruption of the Canadian economy, society and critical infrastructure.” Although the guidelines do not refer to which states or groups are considered as posing a threat to Canada, it is reported that applications partnered with Chinese technology companies tend to receive rejections under the new screening. In the current climates of global competitions over technology, how are Chinese scholars and students on Canadian campuses experiencing these policy changes? How is national security screening affecting Canada‘s academic freedom? This panel provides the latest research outcomes as well as historical perspectives on this evolving issue.
Security and Surveillance

Indo Canadian Voice: "Canadians are being spied on by their own security agencies"

Published: August 17, 2023
Interview with Midori Ogasawara

Whether it is the adoption of spyware or the mass collection of personal information by major companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, spying on Canadians is happening with the help of laws that support illegal mass surveillance, says University of Victoria sociologist Midori Ogasawara.
Environment, Peace, Labour

Rabble: "Overcoming Canada‘s inferiority complex on geopolitics"

Published: September 5, 2023
Written by: Ole Hendrickson

Canada seems more worried about fitting into the current geopolitical order than it is on tackling the greatest threat to human civilization: climate change.





Counterpunch: "The South China Sea‘s Resource Wars: It‘s Not Only About Fossil Fuels"

Published: September 15, 2023
Written by: Joshua Frank

It’s an ocean of conflict and ecological decline. Despite its vast size — 1.3 million square miles — the South China Sea has become a microcosm of the geopolitical tensions between East and West, where territorial struggles over abundant natural resources may one day lead to war and environmental collapse.
International Relations

Why Canada lacks allies‘ support on claim India killed Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Published: September 21, 2023

Canada says it has intelligence possibly linking Indian government agents to the murder of a separatist Sikh leader, the kind of news that usually sparks uproar among democratic allies. Not this time.

Global News: "This Alberta filmmaker is humanizing people who experienced anti-Asian racism during the pandemic"

Article published: August 14, 2023
Written by: Paula Tran

Calvin Hudson Hwang is an award-winning director and producer from Edmonton. His documentary, What Flowers They Bloom, illustrates the implications of racism and stigmatization mainly through the eyes of a man named Andy.
Andy is a Chinese Canadian flower shop owner in Toronto who experienced a traumatic racist experience in his shop at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film not only documents the incident but the lasting impact it had on Andy‘s mental health.

A screening of the film from 2021 is also available at: