CHASI Further Reading: Race and racial justice

The following list is a compilation of resources from CHASI team members that were influential in their ongoing education about race and racial justice. Please comment below with other resources to add to this list.

Sherry (RuoYu) Xiao

Sandy & Nora, Episode 117 – White Supremacy and racial frauds
I found this podcast very good in a way that Sandy and Nora talk very casually and cover a lot of issues. Sandy Hudson is one of the presenters of Scholar Strike’s teach-ins.

More testing alone will not get us out of this
The article talks about inequities in the midst of Covid-19 and how community engagement is important. “We cannot assume that we should first find some perfect technological solution and only then engage with communities to learn what is needed for their access and participation.”

时差 In-betweenness, #01 中国语境下的种族话语和种族主义(上)(In-betweenness, #01 Racial Nationalism and the discourse of race in Chinese context, part 1)
This is a podcast that I’ve followed for quite a long time. In-betweenness is hosted by Chenchen Zhang. It gathers Chinese scholars from around the world to talk about social issues in contemporary China. The podcast is in Mandarin.

Marinel Kniseley

CodeSwitch is a podcast hosted by people of colour who bring on fantastic guests to critically examine and discuss race as it pertains to… everything. For the timing of Scholar Strike I particularly recommend the September 2nd, 2020 episode titled, Balls and Strikes, which talks about strikes as they have been utilized historically, the unequal sacrifices undertaken by those involved, and discusses the NBA and WNBA strikes within this context.

A Shot of Truth is a podcast hosted by an amazing young undocumented Latinx activist in Bellingham (who sat with me on the board of the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center). Real voices, real stories from undocumented folx in the U.S., discussing the personal impact of global and local events and everyday challenges to people on the margins, while also imagining the world they want to see. Powerful stuff.

Undoing Border Imperialism, by Harsha Walia
Written by a South Asian scholar and activist, this book details the everyday violence that is waged upon migrant workers in North America, provides clear analysis for the ways in which these practices are produced by global neoliberal economic agendas and sustained by policies and actors at every level, while demonstrating how immigrant rights movements are fighting to make change around the world. It is basically a road-map for how to conceive of and realize a world that values people over their labour with very helpful, actionable strategies.

Greg Laychak

UFV alumnus Mo Dhaliwal recently wrote a LinkedIn article recapping his experience at Global BC that is very much worth reading. His name popped up recently in an episode of Jesse Brown’s CANADALAND podcast, as there are many episodes these days examining the structural racism in Canadian mainstream media.

A great issue of the Washington Post last November, Visualizing Racism, gives perspectives through photographic work about the challenges of visually representing concepts around race. It’s not just a collection of great photo essays touching on themes of racial justice, but an excellent starting point for those interested in finding visual creatives making art that pushes the conversation forward.

Sarah Lewis guest edited the incredible Vision & Justice issue of Aperture magazine in 2016. Her editor’s note is a must-read, and back issues are still available for order.

Though not local, One Dish with One Spoon Treaty territory Niagarans Sean VanderKlis and Karl Dockstader have a great episode about what school means to Indigenous people from their podcast One Dish One Mic.

Jeff Mijo-Burch

The Secret Life of Canada, By Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson
This podcast on Canadian history delves into Canadian history with an eye on highlighting aspects that are forgotten, ignored, or intentionally hidden. Since it began in 2017, most episodes have included discussion of race and racial justice, with many specifically focused on the topic. For a great starting place, check out The Secret Life of Birchtown and learn more about Black history in Canada. For a longer review, you can read this piece which I wrote after the podcast’s first two episodes were released.

Larissa Kowalski

Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Call then by their true names – by Rebecca Solnit

Living well at others’ expenses – by Stephan Lessenich

How to be less stupid about race – by Christina Fleming, is an accessible audiobook I sometimes recommend to students.

Spencer Huesken

The Skin We’re In – by Desmond Cole

Fort Langley Journals, 1827-30 – by Morag Maclachlan

Esther Jimenez Atochero

There Is No Such Thing as a ‘White Ally’ — “TNSWA” Part I – by Catherine Pugh, Esq.

I picked this New York Times interactive page based on another of my interests: urban design and sociological background.

Chelsea Novakowski

Hamilton: the Musical (Available on Disney+)

Black is King (Available on Disney+)