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Are we beyond multiculturalism as a nation?

April 14, 2011

Award-winning Canadian author and educator Wayson Choy presents a thoughtful discussion on Beyond Multiculturalism, at Camosun College’s final 2011 Insight Speaker Series evening, May 18, McPherson Playhouse.

Wayson ChoyBorn in 1939 in Vancouver's Chinatown, Choy feels he grew up "between values and cultures." In his presentation he shares some challenging antidotes or what he calls "remedies" that could help "lighten and enlighten" our thoughts and ideas about Canadian culture.

He has been described as "an accomplished pioneer giving voice and opening our nation's consciousness – not just to the history of Chinese Canadians – but to the complexity of life and identity in a multi-lingual, multi-generational and multicultural society."

"One of the 100 most important books in Canada"

Choy studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia and then after moving to Toronto, he taught at Humber College for over 30 years from 1967 to 2004.

The Jade Peony (1995), his first novel of Vancouver's Chinatown, won the Trillium Book Award, the City of Vancouver Book Award, and was cited by the Literary Review of Canada as "one of the 100 most important books in Canadian history."

His 1999 memoir Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was nominated for a Governor General's Award. His next novel, All That Matters (2004), a sequel to The Jade Peony, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His latest book, Not Yet (2009), a personal memoir of living and almost dying, was selected as a "Best Book" by the Globe & Mail.

Order of Canada recipient

In 2005, he received the Order of Canada and since then has received numerous awards including the Calliope Award (2005) for outstanding achievement in writing and mentoring; the Writer-in-Residence Award (2007) from Guelph University; the Harbourfront Festival Prize (2008) from the International Festival of Authors; and, the Millennium Lifetime Achievement Award from Humber College.

Today, Choy continues to teach at the Humber School for Writers and is presently working on his third novel.

Tickets and info

Tickets are $22.25 each/$14.50 for students (includes service fees) available at the McPherson Box Office, 250-386-6126.  Funds raised go to the Camosun College Foundation for student assistance.

Since 2003, Camosun’s Insight Speaker Series has brought dynamic experts from all walks of life, to discuss important national and global topics and issues of interest and relevance to our community.

Camosun College thanks its many generous and long-standing sponsors of the series including:  presenting sponsor Coast Capital Savings; reception sponsor Anne Wortmann, RBC; and, media sponsors /A\ Vancouver Island, Jack FM, Times Colonist and 98.5 the Ocean.

Contact

Michelle Tinis
Marketing/Communications
Camosun College Foundation
speakerseries@camosun.bc.ca
250–370–4626

Last updated: April 14, 2011 10:34 am

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