Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Re-Reading the Asianadian


Saturday, March 5, 1 – 3 PM PST

In conjunction with Centre A’s current exhibition Revisiting the Asianadian, we will be hosting another iteration of the Centre A’s Reading Group on Saturday, March 5, from 1 to 3 PM. We will be revisiting the history and development of the Asianadian Magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, connected to themes of Canadian Asian-diasporic identities, racism, social justice, and activism.

For this reading group, we will be reading the following text: 

  • “Asiancy and Visual Culture: The Asianadian Magazine 1978–1985” by Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim (Journal of Canadian Art History)
  • “Ten years of Asian Canadian Literary Arts in Vancouver by Jim Wong-Chu” (The Asianadian Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 3)

Revisiting The Asianadian is a rare presentation of the entire run of The Asianadian Magazine, a quarterly publication in Toronto from 1979 to 1985. The publication was a key witness to some of the defining moments in Asian Canadian cultural history during the time.

Spaces are limited! Sign up for the event at [email protected].

The reading group aims to support artistic and curatorial engagement by creating a space for exploring themes of the exhibition through alternative methods.

The reading group will take place in our gallery space at Unit 205, 268 Keefer Street in the Sun Wah Centre located in the historic Chinatown on the Unceded Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. We will be limiting the reading group to max. 15 participants and will be following COVID-19 protocols. The readings will be sent out a week prior to the gathering.

Participants of all levels and experiences are welcome!

Notes Regarding the Event:

  1. Be gently reminded that, in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), you are required to bring proof of vaccination and your ID to attend events at the gallery. Face masks or face coverings are necessary when you are in the gallery space. We also encourage you to sanitize your hands before and after visiting. Masks and hand sanitizer are available for you as needed.
  2. Due to Sun Wah Centre’s security measures, please locate the security guard posted at the front gate to be let into the building. Otherwise, please call Centre A at (604) 683-8326 during the event hours.
  3. Centre A is wheelchair and walker accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at the phone number above, or via email at [email protected].