The World is Bright

March 10, 2022

When Qian Hui Deng and Xue Mei Li are notified by the Canadian government about their son Shi-Ming’s sudden death and burial on Canadian soil, they decide to travel from Beijing to Vancouver to search for answers. The documentary film The World is Bright chronicles the journey of the grieving parents as they navigate a new culture and a complex web of bureaucracy to uncover the truth behind their son’s death by suicide.

Join our expert panel to discuss some of the themes explored in the film, such as the stigma surrounding mental illness, resources available to immigrant families, the dislocation and disconnection arising from global migration, and the importance of cultural competence in mental health care.

Introduction by Dr. Shuyu Kong, Co-director of SFU's David Lam Centre and Professor of Humanities.


  • Ying Wang, director
  • Dr. Jaswant Guzder, professor of transcultural psychiatry
  • Martin Mroz, Director of SFU Health & Counseling Services
  • Anthony Swan, Impact Director and Moderator


This event has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM