New series: Meet Canadian Studies! Plus: student research, Canadian film, & more

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Meet our program: Interview with advisory board chair, David Stewart
  • Hildebrand recipient publishes study on minority political coalitions
  • Call for papers on Canada’s image abroad
  • Canadian films streaming at International Ocean Film Festival
Meet Canadian Studies: Advisory Board Chair David Stewart
Canadian Studies is pleased to introduce a new series of profiles highlighting our friends and supporters as they share what our program means to them. For our inaugural interview, we sat down with advisory board chair David Stewart to discuss why he supports Canadian Studies and how he envisions the program’s future.
David grew up in an Anglophone family in Québec and was educated at McGill University. He moved to the United States in 1995, and became involved with Canadian Studies after settling in the Bay Area in 2007. He joined the external board in 2016. As chair, David has taken energetic steps to revitalize the program’s community outreach and research support. David also chaired the Digital Moose Lounge, a social club for Bay Area Canadians, from 2014-2017. He currently works as a consultant on Canada-US ventures.
Highlights from our interview with David are below; read the full piece here.
On the importance of the Canadian Studies Program:
I value the community and fellowship, as well as the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas that challenge the way I think about things or see problems… I believe it’s an effective way to explore and understand cultural differences. Many Americans and Canadians assume that their cultures are quite similar, but of course there are important differences too. These differences can sometimes surprise students, which can offer moments of reflection and discovery.
On his vision for the program’s future:
Our recent work has helped me to realize how much supporting students and scholarship remains at the heart of our mission and our impact. We’ve heard feedback that our members and stakeholders really enjoy hearing how our program has impacted students and scholars, and where they go after their time at Berkeley. So we will be devoting more time and attention to this moving forward.
On his favorite moment being a Bay Area Canadian:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to San Francisco, and my wife and I were invited to the reception. I brought along some kitschy lapel pins that a Canadian friend of mine had designed, featuring fun expat slogans like “The Eh! Team”, and “Zed not Zee!” I hoped to present one to Trudeau as a gift. Trudeau entered the room to applause. He was wearing a pastel blue suit that matched my own… I presented him with one of the pins, with a smiling maple leaf and the slogan, “Eh to Zed!” Trudeau placed a hand on my shoulder and said, “Thank you for being a champion for Canada. You and your friends are the true diplomats here. Ton pays te remercie.” After pouring my heart into Canada for years, it was exactly what I needed to hear.
Hildebrand Fellow Jae Yeon Kim Publishes Study on Minority Coalition Building in US & Canada
Berkeley grad student and Hildebrand Fellowship recipient Jae Yeon Kim recently published a paper in Studies in American Political Development, the flagship journal in its field. Entitled “Racism is Not Enough: Minority Coalition Building in San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver”, the study was based on research supported by his Hildebrand award and compares the formation of ethnic housing coalitions in three West Coast Chinatowns during the 1960s and ’70s.
According to Kim’s research, while all three cities had a legacy of anti-Asian racism, each produced a distinct movement shaped by local history and development pressure. Arguing that these factors were more important to determining inter-group cohesion than the simple shared experience of racism, Kim proposes that coalitions were strategically constructed and expanded. He contrasts the ethnic groups included or excluded in each coalition’s composition: in contrast to the largely Asian groups in the United States, the housing coalition that developed in Vancouver included European immigrant groups. Kim examines the reasons behind these divergences, and their implications on the understanding of the formation of minority coalitions.
Read the full study here.
Call for Papers: Canada, Near and Far
Deadline: April 1, 2021
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), the Association will host its 26th biennial conference, October 21-24, 2021, in Washington, DC. The conference is open to all proposals with a significant Canadian focus. We welcome papers and panel proposals from graduate students,
professors, independent scholars, and practitioners on all diverse and critical
perspectives related to the theme, ‘Canada: Near and Far’. How is Canada perceived and portrayed from outside its borders, and by the international community? In recognition of ACSUS’s 50 years work, what role do non-governmental agencies around the world play in shaping Canada’s relationships with the world?
Submissions must be received by April 1, 2021. Read the full requirements for the paper and logistical information for the associated conference here. For more information, please contact Dr. Christina Keppie at
Canadian Films Streaming At International Ocean Film Festival
July 30 – August 9 | Online
Film festival season continues with two award-winning Canadian documentaries covering critical issues facing Canada’s oceans. The films will be available to rent online from July 30 through August 9 as part of the 17th Annual International Ocean Film Festival, sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco. Learn more about the festival and register for the virtual screenings here.
The Mill (2019)
52 minutes; English.
Near a First Nations community in Nova Scotia, a paper mill had to stop in January the discharging of waste into noxious ponds that polluted both air and water for decades. The company proposed piping its effluent into the ocean, but met strong opposition from both the native community and fisherfolk. If the mill closes, others will also, putting over 10,000 jobs at risk. Resolving such conflicts is becoming a challenging worldwide problem.
98 minutes; English.
Extreme divers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr explore above and below northern Canada’s ice sheet. It is a hunting ground for beluga whales and narwhals, for walruses and seals that depend on the ice to nurture their young, and for polar bears who live on the ice most of their lives. They all feed on a plethora of sea life, but as the ice melts more each year, their entire ecosystem has come under threat.
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