SASI Symposium 2020 – Caste, Diaspora & the Future with Dr. Suraj Yengde

Due to COVID restrictions SASI’s annual symposium related to the South Asian diaspora was a zoom conversation. The symposium featured a keynote address by noted scholar Dr. Suraj Yengde followed by a Q&A moderated by SASI Director Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains. Dr. Yengde, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School is author of the … Read more

Dr. Kusum Soni Joins the SASI as Coordinator

The SASI is pleased to have Dr. Kusum Soni join as Coordinator in a shared position. Kusum brings with her the strengths and interests in global citizenship, inter-cultural capacity building and preserving cultural heritage and inter-generational values. She is a strong feminist, a consummate advocate for women’s rights, youth empowerment and takes initiatives in community … Read more

Abbotsford’s Gur Sikh Temple and National Historic Site Receives the National Trust for Canada

The Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, located in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple received the National Trust for Canada award as a Resilient Historic Place. Established in 2013 through the generous sponsorship of Ecclesiastical Insurance, these awards honour projects and sites in two categories: exemplary commercial, institutional or mixed-use projects (transformative projects); and places … Read more

Online Book Launch: “The Sikh Next Door: An Identity in Transition”

The South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) was pleased to be part of the online book launch of its Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Manpreet J. Singh’s book, The Sikh Next Door: An Identity in Transition published by Bloomsbury Academic, India on October 21, 2020. The SASI has a working partnership and MOU with University of Mumbai through … Read more

SASI Receives Arty Award from Abbotsford Arts Council

Several UFV alumni, students, and faculty were among the winners when the Abbotsford Arts Council held its 16th annual Arty Awards event on Sept 26. People connected to UFV “took home” awards for five of the nine during the virtual live ceremony. The Arty Awards are an annual celebration of the creative and performing arts … Read more

Meet the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project Staff & Management Team

The SASI has been busy after recent funding it received from the Provincial Government for the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project. With six projects underway, there have been some wonderful staffing additions to the SASI team, supported by the Project Management Team. Currently, the SASI and its partners are taking on the following six projects: … Read more

SASI Receives Provincial Grant – Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project

UFV NEWS RELEASE The South Asian Studies Institute at UFV receives $1.14M funding For immediate Release: Abbotsford, BC: Sept 4, 2020 The Province of British Columbia is providing $1.14 million in funding to the South Asian Studies Institute at the Unversity of the Fraser Valley (SASI) with support from the Abbotsford Community Foundation to deliver Haq … Read more

The South Asian Studies Institute Stands in Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

June 8, 2020 Over the past 14 years, the South Asian Studies Institute has committed itself to listen, learn and work in our communities to oppose oppressive systems and acts of aggression like casteism and racism against vulnerable populations. We are committed to undertaking the work to dismantle systemic white privilege and power, to confront … Read more