What's in a Name? The Paul and Eileen Lin Commemorative Lecture




Free admission


Forums & Talks, Activism

History is not neutral. The stories we tell about the past have real consequences for people in the present. Who we publicly commemorate matters. Should we honour Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. McDonald? Or A.W. Neil, the Member of Parliament for Port Alberni who has a school named in his honour? Or Christopher Columbus, after whom the province is named?

Join us for the inaugural Paul and Eileen Lin Commemorative Lecture jointly sponsored by CCHSBC and the Vancouver Public Library. This free lecture, given by Tim Stanley, prize-winning historian of the Chinese and of racism in British Columbia, illustrates ways of developing anti-racist and decolonized histories of inclusion for British Columbia and Canada.

Biography: Timothy Stanley studies with Professor Paul Lin at McGill University in the 1970s and later participated in the Canada-China student exchange program. He was recently a member of the General Advisory Committee for the new Canada Hall of the Canadian Museum of History and has been a leading critic in relation to the commemoration of Sir John A. McDonald. He is the author of Contesting White Supremacy (UBC Press), the forgotten story of Chiense Canadians who fought segregation in Victoria in the 1920s.