ACLA BC’s Asian Canadian Artists Against Racism: an Evening for Resistance!

Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for attending ACLA BC’s Asian Canadian Artists Against Racism: an Evening for Resistance! event on Wednesday May 26 2021. At highest count, there were 118 attendees, who joined us in the name of anti-racist resistance! 

A big thanks to all of the artists for their moving performances: Rita Wong, Henry Tsang, Clare Yow, Sol Diana, Joella Cabalu, Janey Chang, Hari Alluri, Tin Lorica, Natasha Cleary-Dulai, and Son of James.

Gratitude to our endorsers for supporting this event: Anti-Oppression Educators Collective, Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association, Coquitlam Teachers Association, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 247, Public Service Alliance of Canada-BC Region, Canadian Union of Labour Employees, Vancouver and District Labour Council, North Van Teachers Association, Surrey Teachers Association, BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association, Victoria Labour Council, Worker Solidarity Network.

Lastly as promised, below is a list of community resources and links that were shared on the Zoom chat during the event. We hope you feel as inspired as we were by the diverse forms of resistance among our communities. Thank you for joining us in resistance.

In struggle and solidarity,


Featured Artists’ Links

Rita Wong’s poems:

“denim blues” from monkeypuzzle:  

“river sisters”

“prison candy”

Henry Tsang: 360 Riot Walk

Clare Yow: Chinese Students Strike Against Segregated Schools

Maryka Omatsu: Swimming Upstream Japanese Canadian Struggle for Justice in BC 

Sol Diana’s poems:

“On Responsibility”

“Ode to a Seafaring People”

Joella Cabalu: Ode to a Seafaring People

Janey Chang: Artist and Fish Skin Leather Revivalist 

Hari Alluri, poet

Tin Lorica, poet and comedian

Shon Wong: songs by Son of James 

Mama Never Told Me 

I Need You

Community Resources

Challenge Racist BC Educational Resource (UVic):

Bystander Intervention training (Hollaback):


Community-based Reporting Tools:

Multilingual “Workers’ Know Your Rights” Resources (Workers Solidarity Network):

ACLA BC membership sign up form: