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Hong Kong/Vancouver: Temporary Migrations (June 14th)

Hong Kong/Vancouver: Temporary Migrations


This talk will focus on the concept of migrations in between Hong Kong and Vancouver. Melissa’s Chinese diaspora project (with a particular Vancouver / Hong Kong focus) began in June 2014 in which she took the opportunity to interview Vancouver Chinese diasporans that told her the stories of their immigration experiences. Of particular interest were people in the Vancouver Chinatown community who have lived in Vancouver for more than one generation.
This talk rather than taking the form of a traditional academic paper, will focus on the immigrant stories of Chinese people that Melissa has interviewed, living for several decades in Vancouver. This research has broader implications as it builds towards a transcultural network between Hong Kong and Vancouver. The transnational flow of goods, culture and people result in a transforming of local communities and the rise of virtual neighborhoods, examined in her research in relation to themes of mobility and leaving home.

Melissa Karmen Lee
Visiting Scholar
David See-chai Lam Centre for International Communication

Melissa Karmen Lee is on faculty at the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lee has published on diaspora, transnational literature and visual art in publications including  “ The Politics of Fiction: A Response to New Orientalism in Type” in Journal of Multicultural Discourse, (Routledge Press, 2011), ‘Diasporic Literature: The Politics of Identity and Language’ in Journal of Asian Pacific Communications (John Benjamins Publishing, 2011) “Blunt Constructions: Métis Literature in Canada” (Guernica Press 2012) and ‘Captivity and Hospitality in the New Americas’ in Hospitality and Society (Intellect Journals, 2013). She has been an invited and keynote speaker at numerous panels and conferences including ‘Women in the Arts’ at the Asia Society Museum, Hong Kong (2013), and the ‘Arts Writers Convening’ at the Warhol Foundation / Creative Capital, Philadelphia (2011).

Date: 14 June 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30pm
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre 2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room

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