Combatting anti-Asian racism in the workplace

Online panel discussion and live Q&A

May 19, 2021 at 1 p.m (CDT)

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A man wearing a cloth mask and holding a sign, walking with a group of protestors carrying signs about ending racist violence and anti-Asian racism. Partially obscured.

Photo: Elvert Barne, CC BY-SA 2.0*

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Canadians of Asian descent share their pandemic experiences

Online program (Zoom)

Video: Combatting anti‐Asian racism in the workplace: Online panel discussion

In this panel discussion, Canadians of Asian descent will share their perspectives and experiences on the rise of anti‐Asian racism in Canada. The panelists will consider the impacts of racism on the job, as the pandemic has brought workplace discrimination and unequal treatment of Asian Canadians into sharper focus.

The virtual program will be moderated by Faith Fundal and features guest speakers Dr. Muni Mysore, Tina Chen, Maysoun Darweesh, JR Alibin, Alec Carlos and Jamie Dela Cruz. A live Q&A session with the audience will follow the presentations.

Faith Fundal is host of CBC Manitoba’s “Up to Speed” afternoon radio show. Born in the Philippines and raised in Metro Vancouver, Faith is an award‐winning news and current affairs multimedia journalist. They also hosted “They & Us,” a CBC British Columbia podcast inspired by Faith’s journey exploring gender identity.

Hipolito Alibin Jr. (JR) is a proud Filipino immigrant and a Winnipegger. He is an accountant, a co‐owner of Max's Restaurant – Cuisine of the Philippines, and CFO of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.

Alec Carlos is an actor, filmmaker, writer, and musician based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is in his final year of Film Studies at the University of Manitoba and has been writing and making films since childhood. He goes by "AC Breeze" for his solo music projects.

Tina Chen is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba. She specializes in modern Chinese history with a focus on feminism, cultural politics, race, and anti‐colonial projects in China and globally. Tina is an active community volunteer whose work has been recognised with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Community Champion and YMCA‐YWCA Woman of Distinction awards.

Maysoun Darweesh was a journalist in Syria until she was forced to flee the country. She is Program Coordinator for Migration and Resettlement at Mennonite Central Committee of Manitoba. She is also Executive Director of Kurdish Initiative for Refugees, a business owner, and volunteers with a variety of community organizations.

Jamie Dela Cruz was born and raised in the heart of Winnipeg’s West End community. She is a registered nurse in Winnipeg and a Clinical Education Facilitator with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Nursing.

Dr. Muni Mysore is a practicing psychiatrist. As an immigrant from India, she recognizes the importance of maintaining strong cultural roots and identity while integrating into Canadian society. She has been involved with the India School of Dance Music and Theatre and Asian Heritage Society for many years.

The Museum is proud to present this program in partnership with the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba during Asian Heritage Month.

Please note that this program is subject to change or cancellation.

*Stop Asian Hate IMG 1982a, Elvert Barnes, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution‐ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY‐SA 2.0)