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Canadian South Asian Youths Conference

April 16, 2019
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Canadian South Asian Youths Conference:
Identity, Gender, Sexuality, Employment, and Activism

Date: April 6, 2019 Saturday
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver
Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Organizers:
Dr. Habiba Zaman, Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, SFU
Dr. Sanzida Habib, Research Associate, Center for India and South Asia Research, UBC


The need for the proposed conference grew out of the many issues and challenges identified by a group of young speakers at the Canada 150 Conference on Migration of Bengalis held in September 2017 realized by the same organizers. The experience of growing up by the Canadian South Asian Youths, like those in many other immigrant communities in Canada, reveals a constant struggle within the family and beyond. The mixed experiences of life, personal identities, sexuality, intergenerational and intercultural conflicts over family values, honor/shame, and work place encounters require many social and cultural adjustments. The Conference is expected to explore the identity formation/negotiations, the role of gender/family/community, sexuality, dilemmas and intergenerational conflicts, job market experiences and un/der/employment, the interface between immigrants and the wider community, and the role of social and community activism as Canadians.