CCF News Bulletin for Thurs, Oct 5th
Canada-China Focus
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Reminder: 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.




York Centre for Asian Research: "Mirroring China’s Academia: Confessions of a Minor Bureaucrat at a Chinese University"

When: Thursday, 12 October 2023 | 15:00 to 16:30 EDT |
Where: Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University and ONLINE

Although he is neither a Chinese citizen nor a member of the Chinese Communist Party, Daniel Bell was appointed on 01 January 2017 as Dean of the School of Political Science and Public Administration at Shandong University―the very first foreign dean of a political science faculty in mainland China’s history. In his new book The Dean of Shandong (published by Princeton University Press, 2023; selected as Financial Times Best Summer Book for 2023), Bell chronicles his experiences as what he calls “a minor bureaucrat,” offering an inside account of the workings of Chinese academia and what they reveal about China’s political system. At this event, Bell will share his stories about writing this book, and his view about China’s academic as well as political future. 

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Centre for Asia-Pacific Alternatives: "Understanding Race Beyond the Transatlantic Paradigm: An Alternative Perspective Based on East Asian Experiences"

Hybrid talk with PWFC Visiting Scholar Yasuko Takezawa

When: October 16, 2023, 10am-12pm PT  (1-3pm ET)
Where: Fraser A168a, University of Victoria, or ONLINE

This talk aims to introduce a new perspective in understanding the idea of “race” by juxtaposing the Transpacific and Transatlantic experiences. While racializations in the Transatlantic historically entailed the contact between different social groups who have obvious and often pronounced visible phenotypical differences, such as those of skin color and cranial shape, there are a variety of racialized groups, including Burakumin, ethnic Koreans, and ethnic Chinese in Japan, and Paekjong in Korea, who have no phenotypical differences from the majority. Racial discourse in these societies often adopt invisible factors such as “blood/descent” “purity/ impurity” in order to provide a basis for discrete value systems or the institutionalization of perception, thereby essentializing marginalized groups as races. I will present what I call the three dimensions of race, that is, “race,” “Race,” and “Race as Resistance,” to challenge the established claim that race is a modern and Western construction and broaden the understanding of the idea beyond the Transatlantic.
Security and Surveillance

Canadian Association of University Teachers: "Chinese research collaborations under the microscope"

Written by: John Lorinc
Published: September 2023

"This spring, the University of Victoria‘s newly established research security office posted a list of Chinese universities that it said faculty should avoid due to unspecified national security risks. The wrinkle, however, was the list was compiled by a dubious Australian-based “think-tank” and the Canadian government, while requiring certain research security measures, had not yet issued any guidance on institutions to avoid. After several UVic faculty notified the university of the problem, the list was pulled from the website."

Canadian Dimension: "Public inquiry into foreign interference in elections should target Big Oil"

Published: October 1, 2023
Written by: Gordon Laxer

Most oil and gas companies in Canada are foreign-owned and funded, and they use a loophole to fund election activities
Environment, Peace, Labour

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada: "Indigenous Perspectives: Voices from the Asia Pacific on Truth and Reconciliation"

Published: September 27, 2023

The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is an opportune moment to reflect upon views from the Asia Pacific, where 70 per cent of the global Indigenous population resides. The NDTR has its roots in Canada‘s historical and present-day experiences, but similar narratives echo among Indigenous Peoples worldwide, including amongst the diverse peoples and cultures of Asia, where Indigenous Peoples have their own unique relationships with state governments and broader society. This Dispatch emphasizes the diversity of Indigenous Peoples and their perspectives on truth and reconciliation. The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada has engaged with Indigenous voices in Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia.
US-China Relations

New York Times: "Senate Delegation to Travel to China During Congressional Recess"

Published: October 3, 2023
Written by: Karoun Demirjian

The trip comes at a time of heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington, as the Biden administration restricts investments in key Chinese sectors while trying to improve relations.