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People take part in a rally against hate and confront the rising violence against Asian Americans at Columbus Park in New York, on March 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

As Asian Canadian scholars, we must #StopAsianHate by fighting all forms of racism

Fifteen Asian academics discuss the roots of anti-Asian racism and limits of multiculturalism in Canada while charting a path forward.
Joe Biden has cast his campaign to “restore the soul of America” as an antidote to the turmoil of the Trump presidency. AP Photo/Scott Applewhite

Post-inauguration, restoring the soul of Biden’s America must be truly inclusive

Joe Biden has said he wants to create a cabinet that “looks like America.” But getting racialized people into powerful positions should be a means to tackle structural inequalities, not a goal in and of itself.
Olivia Wheeler, Taiwo Afolabi and Tianxu Zhao perform a play in honour of UN World Refugee Day, June 20, 2017, at Victoria City Hall. (John Threfall)

Theatre shows how the art of inclusion can help build a better Canada in 2021

Safe spaces for conversations around immigrants’ experiences are important because identity is central to diversity and inclusion in the 21st century. Theatre can be a tool for community engagement.
Organizers sing at a demonstration to denounce racism and police violence, June 7, 2020, in front of the legislature in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Celebrating diversity isn’t enough: Schools need anti-racist curriculum

Québec’s schools operate in a model of inter-culturalism, while schools across Canada are shaped by the vision of multiculturalism. Neither approach critically addresses racism.
Co-champions celebrate at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, on May 31, 2019. The winning spellers made history with eight co-champions, most ever in spelling event’s history. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Scripps spelling bee is off this year, but the controversy over including foreign words is still on

The Scripps National Spelling Bee highlights the richness of the English lexicon by picking some tough entries with foreign roots.

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