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Being Here Differently: SANSAD youth forum

Being Here Differently: South Asian Youth Voices

Public Forum: Surrey Centre Library, Ambedkar Room: # 418, 10350 University Drive, Surrey, June 24, 2017, 2 PM – 5 PM

Despite many differences the South Asian community shares several concerns. First generation immigrants maintain their link with their homeland, often engaging passionately with issues there, struggling to preserve the old culture in the new land, even as they establish themselves here and fight for their recognition and rights. The generation born here have a very different experience. This is their homeland and yet they are always different: they are different both at home, where they bring the new culture and its concerns into a space that doesn’t quite understand them and outside, where their difference of origin is almost always an issue.

How is this difference experienced? What strategies do youth use to deal with the tensions they must cope with? What are the problems they share as South Asian youth? How do their concerns differ from the concerns of the older generation? These are some of the questions that will be explored by a panel of South Asian youth. The goal is to understand what engages South Asian youth and how to build a bridge to communication.

Panel: Safder Raza, Sejal Lal, Jovian Radheswar, Samia Khan, Anna Makhdoom
Moderator: Zahid Makhdoom

Music: Jovian Radheswar and Sejal Lal

Refreshments will be served.

Solidarity with immigrant women workers


Race, Gender and Class in the Hospitality industry

Join us on Saturday, November 5th, to discuss how race, gender and immigration intersect in the workplace. At this event we will hear from women in the hospitality industry, academics, and organizations working for change in the workplace.

The Hospitality industry is where a number of immigrants, particularly women, nd their rst jobs. These jobs are often precarious, physically demanding, and can result in pain and injury. It is possible to transform these invisible and undervalued positions into good jobs that support families and allow immigrants to establish themselves if workers unite for change with support from the community.

Join us in our effort to make a difference.


  • Charan Gill – Progressive InterculturalCommunity Services
  • Habiba Zaman – SFU Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • Harinder Mahil – Former Chair of the Human Rights Commission of BC
  • Chin Banerjee – South Asian Network For Secularism and Democracy
  • Octavian Cadabeschi – UNITE HERE Local 40
  • Several housekeepers from the Sheraton Vancouver Airport

Saturday November 5th 2:00pm to 4:00pm City Center Library – Surrey – Room 405. 10350 University Drive

Contact Dr. Cinmoy Bannerjee President, SANSAD at – 604.421.6752
Octavian Cadabeschi, UNITE HERE Local 40 at – 604-813-2105


the most serious crime against humanity, has left a bitter trail and is ongoing. We must remember and understand to overcome and prevent it.

Oct 7 – Oct 9, 2016

515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

Conference on Genocide

Genocide: The politics of denial, forgetting and the work of memory

Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) in partnership with the Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University and with the support of Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences SFU and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) SFU (Maggie Benston Lecture Series). Cosponsored by Radical Desi Collective, Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC), Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR), Canada Palestine Association (CPA), International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) Canada, Seriously Free Speech Committee, Canada Palestine Network, South Asian Film Education Society (SAFES), Amnesty Richmond Group 92, Independent Jewish Voices, Department of Sociology Langara College, School for International Studies SFU, and Department of History SFU. Asian Studies UBC. VanCity.

Dr. Chinmoy Banerjee, President, SANSAD Tel: (604) 421-6752, Email:

Anis Rahman, Secretary, SANSAD
Cell : 778-389-2491, Email:


South Asian
Network for Secularism and Democracy

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Hari Sharma Memorial Lecture 2016

Raj Patel

” Seven Cheap Things: World Ecology and the Future of Food.”

September 16, 2016

7.00 PM – 8.30.00 PM

Room 1800, SFU Harbour Centre

515 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Raj Patel is a British-born academic, writer, journalist, and activist. He was educated in Oxford (BA), London School of Economics (MA), and Cornell, where he received his PhD in Development Sociology. He has been visiting scholar at Yale, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Texas at Austen. Currently he is a 200visiting scholar in the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has been living and working extensively in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

He has been a fierce critic of the World Bank, WTO and the UN.


Raj Patel is the author of the much acclaimed, “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle of the World Food System” (2008) and “The value of Nothing” (2010). His website is:

The event is a free public lecture but pre-registration is required. RSVP Chin Banerjee at

The event is organized by Hari Sharma Foundation, and supported by SFPIRG.