CCF News Bulletin for Thurs, Sept 7th
Canada-China Focus
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Reminder: CCF Event TODAY!

Tonight at 4pm PT/7pm ET: "The Media, CSIS and Modern Sinophobia"

For over ten years, CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and other public security agencies have been targeting Chinese Canadians politicians and researchers as a fifth column for the People’s Republic of China. Some Canadian journalists rely heavily on CSIS in what amounts to a form of modern Sinophobia. This discussion, featuring Andrew Mitrovica, Midori Ogasawara and Georgia Kelly, will explore the ethics of responsible, anti-racist reporting in an era of misinformation.

For speakers' bios and registration, CLICK HERE!





UBC and UofT present: "1923: Race, Empire, and Settler Colonialism Across the Pacific"

When: This Saturday, Sept 9th @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

1923: Race, Empire, and Settler Colonialism Across the Pacific is a free online symposium that will bring together Transpacific and Pacific Studies scholars to reflect on, grapple with, and discuss the contemporary significance of racial exclusion during the 1920s in North America and around the world. This cross-disciplinary symposium will synthesize contemporary and historical perspectives along with global and regional perspectives to shed light upon how this era of racial exclusion resonates into present-day issues of race, empire, colonialism, and discrimination.

The half-day symposium consists of three hour-and-a-half-long moderated panel sessions, including a question and answer period. The symposium is a joint initiative between the University of British Columbia's Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC), as part of the Centre for Asian Canadian Research and Engagement (ACRE), and the University of Toronto's Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies. This initiative is also being organized in conjunction with Canada-China Focus, to support the goals of Project 1923.

To view the 3 panels, speakers', and to register, visit:





The Jia Foundation presents: "Chinatown Reimagined Forum II"

When: September 28th, 29th, 30th
Where: Montréal and Online

The Chinatown Reimagined Forum 2023 is a FREE three-day event that will take place in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Québec (and online) from September 28 to 30, 2023. The conference aims to ’Re-imagine a future for Chinatowns across North America‘ and bring together community stakeholders, residents, urban planners, social housing professionals, policymakers, and community organizers from across North America/ Turtle Island to share innovation, best practices, and expertise.

Action-oriented and aimed at providing tools and creative solutions for tackling some of Chinatowns‘ major struggles, the conference will also be deeply grassroots and community-oriented allowing for meaningful relationship building and inclusive participation. Chinatown Reimagined will be delivered both online and in-person in three languages (English, French & Chinese). A series of online forums will speak to overarching national and North American concerns, while in-person activities, viewing parties, and workshops will serve to engage Montréal‘s Chinatown communities in conversation around what kind of development model we want for the neighbourhood‘s future.

For info on programming and to register visit:
Environment, Peace, Labour

The Guardian: "The US and China must unite to fight the climate crisis, not each other"

Published: August 21, 2023
Written by: Bernie Sanders

Climate change is a global crisis and cannot be solved by any one country alone. If the United States, China and other industrialized countries do not come together to dramatically decrease greenhouse gas emissions, the world we leave our children and future generations will become increasingly unhealthy and uninhabitable. Tragically, the cooperation required to address this existential threat is being undermined by hawks in both the United States and China who are moving us toward a disastrous cold war.





CBC News: "A Canadian warship has at least 3 encounters with Chinese ships as it patrols contested waters"

Published: September 7, 2023
Written by: David Common

"When Canada announced the latest deployment of warships to the Indo-Pacific region last month, Defence Minister Bill Blair said in a statement that the region "is vital to global security, and its importance will only increase in the coming years." The deployment, he said, would help 'to support a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific where international rules prevail.'
It was a not-so-subtle jab at China's claims over waters in the region, particularly the Taiwan Strait, a body of water it would most likely use should it invade Taiwan."




Rabble: "Conservative criticism of Guilbeault China trip hysterical and hypocritical"

Published: August 29, 2023
Written by: Georgia Kelly

"Critics urge the Environment Minister to give China‘s environmental advisory group the silent treatment, citing human rights abuses and high carbon emissions. But perhaps people in glass houses should not throw stones."
Historical Reflections

China Daily: "Pioneering educator, researcher Isabel Crook dies at 107 in Beijing"

Published: August 20, 2023
Written by: Zou Shuo

Canadian educator and anthropologist Isabel Crook, who pioneered English language teaching in New China and was a recipient of the Friendship Medal, China's highest honor for foreigners, died on Sunday in Beijing at the age of 107.

Crook, who lived and worked in China for more than 90 years, witnessed and participated in the development of China's foreign language education, according to a eulogy released by Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she taught English for more than 70 years.

Read an extended obituary about her life and accomplishments by The Guardian

Published August 21, 2023
Written by: John Gittings





The Guardian: "’China is not just one entity‘: major exhibition aims to showcase unseen diversity"

Published: Sept 5, 2023
Written by: Veronica Esposito

Over 200 items from institutions in China and beyond will be on display at Cleveland Museum of Art, shining a light on the Jiangnan region and its long-running importance.

Clarissa von Spee, curator with the Cleveland Museum of Art, said of the exhibit, “When we better understand each other and our cultures, that triggers respect.. Once you learn more and know each other better, you have more respect for each other. Especially now, as the US and China have a strained relationship, culture is our resource to transcend this tension. There‘s nothing better than having an exhibition that counters biased ideas. I do know that our partners in China see it the same way; the museums are very excited to have this partnership and exchange."