Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

CAARDI: Counter Anti-Asian Racism Digital Initiative

CAARDI, the Counter-Anti-Asian Racism Digital Initiative, encompasses a series of bi-weekly online and in-person gatherings between May to September of 2023. The initiative is meant to create a safe(r) space for candid conversations and exchange on the continuing impacts of the pandemic on Asian diaspora social, cultural and political spheres. At the same time, we aim to share resources for an interdisciplinary approach to care from members of Asian Canadian communities. Each gathering features one designated community speaker or moderator leading the group to explore different themes and topics specific to Asian Canadian experiences during COVID-19. 

The resources made available during the series are recorded and archived on Centre A’s website alongside written Reflections from the speakers. CAARDI is not only a place for Asian Canadians to express their individual and collective concerns, but also a platform for us to address our own positionality as immigrant settlers and to gain a deeper understanding of the colonialist systems enabling racialized violence. We are committed to working in solidarity with different communities impacted by racism and engaging in sustainable community-led approaches for this project. 

Read the Reflections of our speakers:

Kai Cheng Thom

aiya Collective

Eugene Kung

Jane Shi

Charm Torres

Niki Najm-Abadi

Dr. Rashmi Chadha

Renelyn Quinicot

Uytae Lee

Karima Chellouf

Initiated in 2020 by former Executive Director/Curator Henry Heng Lu.

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the City of Vancouver and the Government of British Columbia.








Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair and walker accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326 or [email protected].

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.