How having queer folks in power at non-queer media organizations can shift coverage

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora, Justice sociale

In 2020, Viet Tran launched the magazine Sticky Rice, which focuses on Asian Canadian issues, in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic and a rising wave of anti-Asian racism. A psychiatrist by training, Tran is the editor-in-chief of this successful publication, and we sat down with him to discuss how being a gay Asian man at the helm of a non-queer publication influences its coverage.

This article is published in the Poynter Institute.

Asian spa workers reflect on the Atlanta shootings, one year later

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora

On the first anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings which left eight people dead, six of whom were Asian women and spa workers, massage work has been shoved in the spotlight. Despite the longstanding stigmatism of massage businesses due to their association with sex work, many spa workers don’t engage in sex work. Numerous spa workers continue to face various workplace related issues and harbor fears around undue police intervention.

This article is published in the Washington Post in the Lifestyle section.

Ruth Lor Malloy

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora, Justice sociale

Ruth Lor Malloy (née Lor), journalist, writer, activist (born 4 August 1932, in Brockville, ON). Malloy was a key figure in fighting against discrimination in Ontario in the 1950s (see Prejudice and Discrimination in Canada). She participated in the high profile Dresden restaurant sit-in of 1954. In 1973, she published the first English-language guidebook to China in North America. Throughout her decades-long career, Malloy worked tirelessly to foster intercultural dialogue and justice for marginalized groups.

This article is published in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

LGBTQ+ Asians Look to Michigan Rave Scene for Acceptance and Found Family

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora

The latest group driving the rave renaissance has been steadily full of Asian faces, including many queer Asians. These partygoers find community, joy and acceptance in the scene, which, for the queer Asian demographic, is a communal experience that harks back to collectivist cultures that highly value group gatherings. Many Asian ravers can be spotted in groups of “rave families” while the diversity of outfits and outlooks lend to a welcoming and inviting environment for queer Asians.

This article is published in Pride Source.

Sprouting seeds of hope: How a garden united Montreal’s Chinese diaspora

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora

Creating a community environment of sharing and increasing awareness of food security and urban sustainability are the aims of Green Chinatown Montreal (GCM). Founded in 2011 in Montreal’s Chinatown the GDM brought together multiple generations of Chinese-Canadians and helped them reconnect with nature and their agricultural roots. Today it finds itself in whatever space is available, their original location lost, as it seeks to return to Chinatown and as several members hope to build solidarity with the Indigenous community that lives in Chinatown.

This article is published in The Monitor.

Racism led to a rise in anti-Asian hate in the pandemic. What the community wants to see in Canada’s next leader

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora, Justice sociale

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges and disruptions and among them was a spike in anti-Asian racism. Asian-Canadians seniors faced a surge of attacks and many Asian-Canadian businesses were the victim of vandalism. In this article we hear from members of the Chinese-Canadian community on their concerns regarding this issue, access to health-care, and what members of the community want to see in Canada’s next leader.

This article is published in the Toronto Star in the GTA column.

Vegetarianism Has Deep Spiritual Roots in Asian Cultures – Yet Many Asian Vegetarians Report Feeling Judged, Attacked, and Dismissed

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora

Vegetarianism runs deep in many Asian cultures and adopting a vegetarian lifestyle is on the rise worldwide. Yet, alongside this rise there has also been a disturbing rise in racist and xenophobic behaviour among vegetarian communities. I talked to multiple Asians about their experiences relating to their vegetarian diets and challenges from their own communities and society as a whole.

This article is published in the Vegetarian Times, which is dedicated to vegetarian topics and issues.

De l’adoption à l’immigration, les défis de santé mentale dans la communauté asiatique

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora

Pour beaucoup des asiatiques, il peut être difficile de discuter de santé mentale pour de multiples raisons. Mais à cause de racisme souffert pendant la pandémie, cet enjeu a été mis en lumière. L’adoption, l’immigration et l’adaptation à la société d’accueil sont tous des réalités qui affectée la santé mentale des asiatiques.

Cet article a été publié dans La Converse, un nouveau média d’actualités numériques qui un journalisme de dialogue pour servir les communautés marginalisées. Si vous avez d’autres histoires que vous voulez que je couvre, vous pouvez m’écrire. Et si vous voulez plus de nouvelles de ce genre, abonnez-vous à l’info-lettre de La Converse ici.

Sauver les femmes afghanes : une instrumentalisation occidentale

Diaspora, Justice sociale

Face à la crise du logement qui sévit à Montréal, des citoyens redoublent d’efforts pour changer la donne et faire valoir leurs droits. Ici on voir ce qui se passe à Avec les états-unis ont déclaré le retrait complet des troupes américaines de l’Afghanistan pour le 31 août 2021, et que les talibans maintenant contrôlent le pays, des questions sur la réalité et le statut des femmes afghanes se fait omniprésente. Dans ce contexte, des Afghanes nous ont fait part de leurs inquiétudes et de leurs expériences.Parc-Extension et Pointe-Saint-Charles, le budget insuffisant pour le logement social, et des mouvements qui ont réussi.

Cet article a été publié dans La Converse, un nouveau média d’actualités numériques qui un journalisme de dialogue pour servir les communautés marginalisées. Si vous avez d’autres histoires que vous voulez que je couvre, vous pouvez m’écrire. Et si vous voulez plus de nouvelles de ce genre, abonnez-vous à l’info-lettre de La Converse ici.


Dialogue avec la communauté sino-montréalaise

Communautés Asiatiques, Diaspora

Dans le cadre de l’exposition Dialogue avec la communauté sino-montréalaise, j’ai écrit une série de textes qui abordent des thèmes majeurs qui touchent notre communauté – les nouveaux arrivants, l’art sino-montréalais, l’aménagement urbain du Quartier chinois, et la résistance de notre communauté contre l’adversité. J’ai consulté beaucoup de gens issus de la communauté qui ont eu un rôle à jouer dans son développement. L’exposition sera au Quartier chinois du 26 mai jusqu’au 15 octobre 2021.

Ces articles ont été publié sur le site Mémoires des Montréalais, un site sur l’histoire de Montréal et de ses habitants.