Anti-Asian Racism in B.C. and the Community Organizers who Stand Against it

Asian Canadian Labor Alliance (ACLA) organized talk on “Anti-Asian Racism in B.C. and the Community Organizers who Stand Against It

About this event

The Asian Canadian Labor Alliance (ACLA, BC Chapter) invites you to come to a talk in which we reflect on the global rise in Anti-Asian racism, by speaking to some of the activists who have been organizing and building solidarities against it. Moving beyond the theoretical and academic, we will hear from these individuals about what an anti-racist stance has meant to them in their everyday lives and work in British Columbia and what they believe it should look like in the future.


Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra

Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra (Sharn) is Coordinator of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, co-curator of exhibits at the Sikh Heritage Museum, located in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, BC, and a sessional faculty in the Department of History at UFV. Sharn’s PhD looks at the affective experiences of racialized museum visitors through a critical race theory lens. She’s a passionate activist, building bridges between community and academia through museum work. She is a past member of the BC Museums Association, and currently a Director with the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration.

吴珏颖 karine ng (佢/she)

I humbly acknowledge that I am an uninvited guest unlearning and relearning on the stolen, occupied and joint territories of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm. I am a K-12 public school teacher, a union activist, and a community organizer. Outside of the classroom, I can be found doing anti-oppression work through my roles within the BC Teachers Federation and the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance. Decolonizing structures and epistemology is a life-long pursuit of mine. As a firm believer of liberation and transformative justice, I endeavour to practice radical love in all my relationships, as an educator, social agent, daughter, auntie, sister, and friend.

Reah (Rohini) Arora | ਰੋਹਿਨੀ ਅਰੋੜਾ she/her

Reah is a community builder and organizer with a background in electoral politics and labour. She’s spent nearly a decade campaigning across Canada to help elect progressive governments. Reah is passionate about campaigns, worker rights, race equity and creating space for more progressive racialized womxn in politics and labour. She currently works for the BC Federation of Labour as their Director of Organizing and Campaigns.

Her experiences through work have led her to recognize that electoral politics and the labour movement are where the lived and shared experiences of racialized people can have maximum impact with respect to equitable legislation and building power through community.

Reah has now turned her attention to her own municipality of Burnaby and recently ran and won the nomination for the Burnaby Citizen’s Association to run as one of their candidates for City Council in the upcoming election this October.


David Lam Centre, Simon Fraser University

Labour Studies Program, Simon Fraser University

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