Book Launch: Asian Immigrants in "Two Canadas"
Philippine Women Centre of Ontario with the support of Dr. Roland
Sintos Coloma, Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE proudly present:
BOOK LAUNCH: ASIAN IMMIGRANTS IN “TWO CANADAS:”
RACIALIZATION, MARGINALIZATION AND DEREGULATED WORK
Latest publication by Dr. Habiba Zaman, Simon Fraser University
Friday, August 10th, 2012, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
OISE Room 5230
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West (above St. George subway station)
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Canada is experiencing a major demographic shift, with two-thirds of the population in major cities predicted to belong to racialized groups, particularly Asian newcomers, by 2031. But how are these immigrants faring in this new Canada? Employing the International Labour Organization’s concept of “basic security” and the voices of immigrants themselves, Asian Immigrants in “Two Canadas” demonstrates that their security–such as work, job, employment and voice and representation–has been compromised in multi-dimensional ways. Changes to immigration policy and the neoliberal restructuring of the Employment Standards Act in British Columbia have led to further marginalization within the labour market and the creation of deregulated and hazardous workplaces–resulting in the emergence of “two Canadas” within the Canadian welfare state. Representing a diverse group of immigrants, this book demonstrates a shared experience of precariousness and insecurity–an experience that has led to a broad-based alliance of Asian immigrant workers aimed at addressing workplace security and rights.
HABIBA ZAMAN is a professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Workplace Rights for Immigrants in BC: The Case of Filipino Workers and Breaking the Iron Wall: Decommodification and Immigrant Women’s Labour in Canada.
For more information, contact:
Philippine Women Centre of Ontario