This online archive will showcase the lived experiences of different people within the Bi-Co community through artifacts that amplify and document their stories. When we engage in conversations about diversity and inclusion, we often focus on monolithic categories of identity. In doing so, we not only lose sight of the different experiences within categories such as race, gender, socioeconomic status, but also how these various identity markers intersect and create unique perspectives and struggles. Through artifacts such as written or video testimonials, poems, and photographs, we aim to capture and amplify intersectional narratives that resist static monolithic labels of those within the Bi-Co community.
The Bi-College Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) links rigorous language training to the study of East Asian, and particularly Chinese and Japanese, culture and society.
The East Asian Languages and Cultures lecturer captured the lively culture and local cuisine of Muslim Food Street with his new photography exhibition on the VCAM exhibition wall.
This course immerses students in an array of common Japanese media forms that subtly reinforce powerful, widely held, and often unquestioned historical, cultural, and political preconceptions underlying popular ideas about Japanese identity. Analysis of the media enables students to hone advanced understanding Japanese language, language variation, and associated underlying Japanese cultural values. Ultimately, however, the course is designed to develop students’ critical analytical skills in discerning and decoding the subtexts of the media, and, by extension, to deepen their awareness of how information in media inherently embodies preconceived values and notions of social hierarchy–in any linguistic or cultural setting.