Introducing our new Program Coordinator

Welcome to our new SASI Coordinator, Hamad Nazar. All of us the South Asian Studies Institute welcome Hamad Abdullah Nazar as the new Coordinator.  Hamad started work with us on May 14th and we look forward to working with him and for you all to meet him. Born and raised in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Hamad completed … Read more

SASI’s Research Assistant, Kiara Dabreo presents at UFV’s Student Research Day

On Thursday, March 28th the Research Office at UFV hosted Student Research Day and showcased projects by Research Students from a variety of disciplines. Kiara Dabreo, Research and Cataloguing Assistant at the South Asian Studies Institute was among the student researchers who shared her research and findings. She presented her ongoing research project with the … Read more

SASI Open House at our new home in Building K

On March 26th, after an appropriate ceremony, the Lighting of the Lamps by UFV president Joanne MacLean, the offices, hallways, and common spaces filled up with the friendly faces of SASI’s old and new friends, community members, students, volunteers and colleagues. The South Asian Digital Archive had arranged interesting puzzles of the archives that friends … Read more

The unveiling of “Overcaste” at Burnaby Village Museum

On Saturday, March 16th, Poetic Justice Foundation in collaboration with the South Asian Studies Institute among many other partners hosted the unveiling of Overcaste: an exhibit that exposes the harsh realities of caste discrimination within Punjabi communities across BC. The local South Asian community gathered at the Burnaby Village Museum to take part in listening, … Read more

“Rails, Jails and Trolleys” premieres at Vancouver

On Thursday, February 22nd, Rails, Jails and Trolleys had its official Vancouver Premiere at the KDocsFF: Journeys in Solidarity, Metro Vancouver’s Premier Social Justice Film Festival. Janice Morris, the Festival Director welcomed the audience to KDocsFF’s 10th annual film festival that recognizes, celebrates, and showcases documentaries from all around the world, advocating for social justice … Read more

Opening of “un/tangling, un/covering, un/doing” at the Surrey Art Gallery

On February 9th, the Surrey Art Gallery hosted their Winter Opening of un/tangling, un/covering, un/doing, an exhibition curated by Associate curator, Suvi Bains that “shares stories embedded in the rituals attached to hair, such as acts of resistance and sacred reverence”. SASI participated in the exhibit and contributed their support for an important topic. Hair … Read more

Partnering with Vancouver Maritime Museum

The South Asian Studies Institute partnered with the Vancouver Maritime Museum in their Open House on March 9th. The free event welcomed families from across the city to engage in activities including solving puzzles, creating crafts, coloring captivating scenes, listening to enchanting storytelling sessions, and exploring fascinating archival displays. Digital Archivist, Thamilini Jothilingam and Assistant … Read more