Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Eugene Kung: Constitution of Belonging: Chinese-Indigenous Solidarity and Pandemics

Saturday, June 17, 2023, 1 – 3 PM PDT

Centre A (Zoom)

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Join Eugene Kung for a discussion reflecting on belonging, identity, and place. A personal journey with stories from growing up in Burnaby in the 1990s, to learning about his family’s head tax history, to practicing human rights law in Canada and South Africa.

Through storytelling and reflection, Eugene will explore themes of identity, place, and alienation. He will discuss the legal system and how it institutionalizes worldviews and ask how (or whether) law can be used to achieve climate justice and racial justice. Stories will include lessons learned from working with Indigenous communities, of Chinese-Indigenous solidarity, and the impact of COVID-19. 

There will be jokes because they are one of Eugene’s survival mechanisms.

Eugene Kung (BA, JD) has been practicing law in BC for 15 years, working at the intersection of climate justice, energy economics and human rights. Currently, Eugene works with Indigenous communities to revitalize and apply their own laws to contemporary issues such as opposing the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.

Eugene is a regular media commentator, has published numerous articles and reports, and is a frequent guest speaker at high schools and universities. Born and raised in Burnaby, BC, he studied Political Science at UBC and Law at Dalhousie. Eugene has also lived in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and South Africa where he deepened his analysis on colonization and racial justice. Eugene enjoys exploring food culture, following many kitchen jobs. He is also a mediocre musician (but above average at karaoke).

Photo of Eugene Kung, courtesy of the speaker.

Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair and walker accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326 or [email protected]. As the workshop will take place in the format of a Zoom Meeting, audio transcripts will be available upon request.

Centre A is situated on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We honour, respect, and give thanks to our hosts.