KWAI-YUN LI EVENTS


 

Upcoming Events

march 10, 2015 whitby, canada

Durham Lifelong Learning
2015 Spring Lecture Series

Mar 10, 2015 1:30 p.m.

4240 Anderson St.
Whitby, ON L1R 2W1

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Past Events

July 9, 2014 Barcelona, Spain

International Oral History Association

 

Tales of two chinese indian canadians

april 4, 2014 hamilton, canada

Asia-Canada: Transnational Collaborative Research Conference.

April 4, 2014
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

may 31, 2012 paris, france

Part of Narrative Matters 2012.

May 31, 2012 2 p.m.

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes
75007, Paris

For more information visit the website.

 

june 30, 2012 toronto, Canada

Part of the Toronto Hakka Conference.

June 30, 2012 2:45 p.m.
York University
Keele Campus, Vari Hall
Toronto, Canada

For more information visit the website.

 

February 8, 2012 BANGALORE, INDIA

Presented by PAUSE - in times of conflict.

Talk by Kwai-Yun Li and Photos by Vidura jang Bahadur.

The Ants Cafe
100 Feet Road, Indiranagar: Bangalore

 

PAN-ASIA CULTURAL SHOWCASE 2012

January 26, 2012 TORONTO

The Pan-Asia Cultural Showcase set to celebrate Asian culture by displaying local talents of Asian arts, ranging from music to film. The event invites students to explore the diversity and richness in Asian art forms, and thereby understanding the region in new light. Presented by the Pan-Asia Student Society and South Asian Development Council at the University of Toronto.

Presenter Kwai-Yun Li is the author of The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories was published in 2008 to much acclaim, being one of the first works of fiction to describe the life of the Chinese Hakka community in Kolkota. She grew up in Chattawalla Gully, in the old part of the city and came to Canada through an arranged marriage. She is also a co-author of A Kiss Beside the Monkey Bars, a collection of short stories.

Hart House, University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3H3

 

DISCOVER CALCUTTA'S CHINATOWN

April 13, 2011     TORONTO

Toronto-based Chinese-Indian author Kwai-Yun Li will read from her book The Palm Leaf Fan about her days growing up in Calcutta's Chinatown. Screening of The Legend of Fat Mama: Stories from Calcutta's Melting Wok to follow.

Taylor Memorial Library
1440 Kingston Rd.
Toronto, ON M1N 1R3

 

THE PALM LEAF FAN BOOK READING
&
THE LEGEND OF FAT MAMA: STORIES FROM CALCUTTA'S MELTING WOK FILM SCREENING

May 14, 2011    RICHMOND HILL, ON

Kwai-Yun Li’s books have been described as “a collection brimming with sorrow, laughter, and grace.”

She will give a brief history of the little known Hakka-Chinese community in Calcutta, India and provide insight into their past, present, and future. Her books help us understand the complex history of global migration, the stigmatization and oppression of minorities by modern states, and the challenges of multiculturalism.

Kwan-Yun Li will also lead a discussion of the documentary The Legend of Fat Mama from Rafeeq Ellias’ Chinatown Kolkata series.

The film captures the bittersweet story of the Chinese-Hakka community in Calcutta, India. Made for BBC World in 2008 it won two National Awards from The President of India and the Best Film of MIFF 2006 in Mumbai as well as the 52nd National Film Awards Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film.

Richmond Hill Central Library
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5

 

INDIAN AND CHINESE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES COMPARATIVE PERSPECIVES

January 27 & 28, 2010    SINGAPORE

Three-day international and interdisciplinary workshop organised by the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS, Singapore in collaboration with the Hong Kong University.

Focusing on various facets of the Indian and Chinese immigrant communities across the globe within a comparative framework this even includes reading and "meet the author" with Toronto-based Chinese-Indian author Kwai-Yun Li and others.

January 27: Panel II
Indians in China and Chinese in India
Kwai-yun Li presented: Shifting Worlds and Changing Identities: The Reshaping of the Chinese-Indian Communities in India after the “1962 Sino-Indian Incident”

January 28: Panel IV
Chinese and Indian Diaspora across the globe
Kwai-yun Li read from: The Last Dragon Dance: Chinatown Stories

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace Pasir Panjang,
Singapore, 119614

 

September 26, 2009    TORONTO

Book reading and "meet the author" with Toronto-based Chinese-Indian author Kwai-Yun Li and others.

The Munk Centre for International Studies,
University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario

 

Feb 15, 2008    MUMBAI

Film Screening of The Legend of Fat Mama: Stories from Calcutta's Melting Wok

Director: Rafeeq Ellias

Followed by Rafeeq Ellias in conversation with Toronto-based author Kwai-Yun Li

The Legend of Fat Mama tells the bitter-sweet story of the Chinese community in Calcutta and its experience in the aftermath of the 1962 War, which triggered a wave of migration, principally to Canada. It is a journey of nostalgia in search of a woman who once made the most
delicious noodles in Calcutta's Chinatown, weaving in the process the rich tapestry of life of the Chinese in the city.

Rafeeq Ellias, an international fashion and magazine photographer, has won innumerable awards for his work in India and abroad. These range from UNESCO to the Art Directors Club of New York to the Asian Advertising Congress. Rafeeq worked in advertising with McCann Ericsson and Ketchum McLeod & Grove before founding his own advertising agency in India - Metaphor Communications. During the past two decades Rafeeq has also been photographing the Chinese community in Kolkata.

Kitab Mahal, 192 D.N. Road, Fort, Mumbai

 

Saturday, Feb 23, 2008    DELHI

Book reading and "meet the author" with Toronto based Chinese-Indian author Kwai-Yun Li. Chaired by Patricia Uberoi, Institute of Chinese Studies

From crumbling shops in Chinatown to decaying tanneries in Tangra, this collection of short stories take a look at the life of the Chinese community in post-colonial Calcutta. From tales of Wong's Shoe Shop, where a mother arranges a marriage for her six year old daughter; to temples guarded by billy goats as a family drama rages inside, Kwai Yun-Li takes readers on a wonderful journey into a world experienced by few and forgotten by many.

Dr. Patricia Uberoi is an Honorary Fellow and present Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies. She is a
Professor in Social Change and Development at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.

Professor Uberoi has held teaching and research positions in the Australian National University (Canberra), the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla), the Department of Sociology (Delhi School of
Economics) and the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), and since 1992 has been Co-Editor of the sociology journal, Contributions to Indian Sociology. She has published
widely on family, kinship, gender relations and popular culture in reference to both India and China.

Conference Room 1, India International Centre (Main Building), 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi


Feb 27, 2008    CALCUTTA

Book reading and "meet the author" with Toronto-based Chinese-Indian author Kwai-Yun Li.

Jadavpur University


bOOK READING AND MEET THE AUTHOR WITH TORONTO BASED CHINESE-INDIAN AUTHOR KWAI YUN LI

Feb 28, 2008   CALCUTTA

Cha Bar, Oxford Bookstore, 17 Park Street, Kolkata

 

MASALA! MEHNDI! mASTI! FESTIVAL

July 29th, 2007    TORONTO

Kwai-yun Li will read from her collection of short stories: The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories.

Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

All TSAR publications are available online.

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MOSAIC 2007
THE SOUTH ASIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL OF MISSISSAUGA

June 24th, 2007     MISSISSAUGA

Tea Tent at the north Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
Kwai-yun Li will read from her collection of short stories: The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories.