NEGATIVE NUMBERS: A History of Control, Surveillance and Exclusion and MISSING NUMBERS: Silence, Erasure, and the Damage of Colour-Blind Data

Numbers and racial data collection poster

Join us for a two part panel discussion on the history of  data collection!

Register for Part 1 – NEGATIVE NUMBERS:  A History of Control, Surveillance and Exclusion Pt. 1 Eventbrite link

Register for Part 2 – MISSING NUMBERS: Silence, Erasure, and the Damage of Colour-blind data Pt. 2 Eventbrite link

As anti-Asian racism and the Black Lives Matter movement have dominated conversations about race across Canada, it is timely to examine how the use of data collection can help to better understand hate crimes and racial injustice. Historically, there are a myriad of ways that data and racial categories have legally, politically, and economically served to exclude and discriminate. At the same time, while racialized communities across the nation are left to proactively gather their own hate-crime data as evidence of targeted discrimination and violence, it is important to consider appropriate and adequate ways to resource and collect that information while preventing its improper use now and in the future.Join us for part one of a two-part series of panel discussions with researchers and community organizers hosted in collaboration with the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, Langara College Centre for Intercultural Engagement, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.


Avvy Go, Clinic Director of Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Kimberlyn McGrail, Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and Scientific Director of Population Data BC and Health Data Research Network – Canada


Henry Yu, Associate Professor in History and in Asian Canadian & Asian Migration Studies (ACAM), the Director of the Initiative of Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC) and the Principal of St. John’s Graduate College at UBC.
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