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Passage to Promise Land: Voices of Chinese Immigrant Women to Canada


Dr. Vivienne Poy


Professor C. F. Lee, GBS, SBS, JP, Director, HKUSPACE

Date :

23 November 2013 (Saturday)

Time :

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Venue :

Special Collections, 1/F, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong

Language :




About the Speaker

Dr. Vivienne Poy

The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy is an author, entrepreneur, historian, fashion designer, and community volunteer. In 1998, she became the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada where she focused on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration, and human rights, and was instrumental in having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada. After her retirement from the Senate in September 2012, she continues to be actively involved with communities across Canada. 

She is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto, member of the Board of ORBIS (Canada), Member of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights National Advisory Council, Hon. Co-chair "For All Canadians" - Canadian Blood Services, Hon. Patron of Chinese Canadian Historical Project -SFU, Hon. Chair of Advisory Committee of "Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project,1962-2012,” Advisor to the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre - Museum of Migration Society, Member of the Advisory Committee of Journal of Modern Life-Writing Study, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


About the Book

Passage to Promise Land

Voices of Chinese women immigrants (from south China and Hong Kong) to Canada, after the 2nd World War to the present. Their immigration and settlement experiences, juxtaposed with the changes of Canadian immigration law and regulations.


The book also explains how the status of the Chinese Canadian communities changed from Chinese exclusion to today.


About the Guest Speakers

Passage to Promise Land

Ms Anna Wu , GBS , JP

-- Member of Executive Council , Hong Kong

-- Chairperson , Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority
-- Chairperson , Hong Kong Competition Commission

Passage to Promise Land

Dr Elizabeth Sinn, Ph.D., BBS, Hon. Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong. Her latest book is PACIFIC CROSSING: CALIFORNIA GOLD, CHINESE MIGRATION, AND THE MAKING OF HONG KONG (2013).

Passage to Promise Land Dr. Marie-Paule Ha -- Research Scholar, Honorary Associate Professor, HKU School of Humanities, with a special research interest in Women Studies.