Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies


Dr. David Chu Distinguished Visitor Series

Re-Imagining the Asia-Pacific Speaker Series

Dr. David Chu Community Network Events

In addition to the series listed above, the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies holds a select number of special events each year. Scroll down for details.



May 22-25, 2014

Berkshire Conference

The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies is sponsoring the visits of several historians from Asia who will participate in the 2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women Toronto. For more information see: http://berksconference.org/



Thursday, October 24, 2013
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Lost Years Premiere Toronto Screening

LOST YEARS is an award-winning documentary tracing four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and family story of Kenda Gee, a Chinese Canadian. Co-Produced/Directed by Kenda Gee & Tom Radford, the documentary begins in China in 1910 and concludes with the movement to embrace redress as a concept of social justice in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, exactly a century later.

Doors opened at 6.00 pm with opening remarks, and the 90 minute screening was followed by a Q&A with director, Kenda Gee, over Skype. The MC for the evening was Jeannie Lee who covers breaking business news for CBC News Network.

This event was co-sponsored by the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, along with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s National Conversation on Asia, and University College's Canadian Studies Department.

Friday, October 25, to Saturday, October 26, 2013

Reorientations: A Retrospective on the Works of Richard Fung

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The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute and its co-sponsors were thrilled to present a retrospective on the work of Richard Fung, the renowned Toronto-based video artist, writer, cultural theorist, activist, and educator. Fung’s videos have been screened and archived throughout the world and he has been widely recognized with awards such as the Bell Canada Award for Lifetime Achievement in Video and the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art. In addition to his artistic work and writing, Fung teaches at OCAD University. Beginning in 1985 with Orientations – his pioneering video on queer sexuality and its intersections with race and class – Fung’s creative and often highly experimental works have questioned normative understandings of history and memory, temporality, sexuality, identity, colonialism, empires, racism, classism, labour, authenticity, diasporic communities, the body, illness, trauma, food, writing, and so much more. Tracing diasporic movements and communities as well as the complex and constantly changing identities of Asians and others in places across the globe – most especially North America and the Caribbean – Fung’s works inspire us to “reorient” ourselves toward both the future and the past.

Sunday, November 11, 2013

The Rocket

Laos/Australia 2013, 96:00, Lao with English subtitles, rated G, Toronto premiere

The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt, is an internationally acclaimed story about a spirited boy’s quest to break through from his ill-fated destiny. Performed by mostly non-professional actors, it is one of the first internationally released feature films from the seldom-seen country of Laos.

This film appears as part of the Reel Asian International Film Festival and is co-sponsored by the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies.

Details and tickets at: http://reelasian.com/index.php/component/ohanah/the-rocket

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Damayan: A Fundraiser Breakfast for the Philippines

Damayan: A Fundraiser Breakfast for the Philippines

November 27, 8:00-10:00 AM (drop-in)
Munk School of Global Affairs, South House Lounge, 1 Devonshire Place

In the spirit of damayan, or “mutual aid in time of need,” the Asian Institute and the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies invite you to join us in a drop-in breakfast fundraiser to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Donations in any amount are welcome, with tax receipts issued for contributions of $20 and over.

As the media has reported, sustained winds reached 250 kilometres per hour, and with wind gusts of more than 300 kph, Haiyan was the most powerful tropical cyclone in recorded history to make landfall. It is estimated that the typhoon and its aftermath have affected more than 11 million people and the death toll is mounting. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered directly and their loved ones, many of whom are our neighbours, colleagues, and friends. We are sure that all of you have been emotionally overwhelmed by reports and images of the suffering and are seeking ways to help out.

Proceeds raised at the breakfast fundraiser will go to the Canadian Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada for Typhoon Haiyan relief. The Government of Canada has pledged to match privately raised funds, so your generosity will automatically be doubled.

Please help us mount a strong collective response to this tragedy.

Learn more: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ai/event/15249/


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