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Amplifying Community Voices: A Forum on Anti-Asian Racism

May 16, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Amplifying Community Voices: A Forum on Anti-Asian Racism from Youth & Parents Perspectives is organized by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with Hong Fook Mental Health Association (HFMHA), Chinese Canadian National Council – Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO), Scarborough Youth United (SYU), and The Asian Canadian Living Archive (TACLA). This event is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and led by Dr. Lin Fang.

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This one-day community forum provides an opportunity for you to learn, reflect, and identify action steps. It will feature presentations of research findings led by the University of Toronto team, reflections on community organizing led by CCNCTO, youth-led presentations of social media campaigns, digital storytelling projects, and other knowledge mobilization initiatives. You will also get to share challenges, strategies, and network with other attendees who are interested in implementing change and developing a community-oriented solution to anti-Asian racism that is affecting our youth every day.


Hong Fook Mental Health Association : Established in 1982, Hong Fook Mental Health Association is the leading ethno-cultural community mental health agency with a consolidated culturally competent team serving Asian and other communities in the Greater Toronto Area. Hong Fook provides a continuum of mental health services covering the spectrum from “promoting wellness” to “managing illness” in Cambodian, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean, Vietnamese and English.

The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO). CCNCTO was formed in 1985. They are a non-profit organization made up of Chinese Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area that promote equity, social justice, inclusive civic participation, and respect for diversity.

The Asian Canadian Living Archive (TACLA). TACLA is a Toronto-based pan-Asian initiative consisting of 6 staff members involved in grassroots community engagement and archiving projects since being established in 2018.

Scarborough Youth United (SYU). SYU is a non-profit grassroots youth group that provides space for immigrant/migrant youth to share their concerns and take leadership in engaging with their communities to address those concerns.


09:00 to 12:15

Morning Section

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • UofT Research Team: Research Findings
  • Youth Ambassadors Team 1: Presentations
  • CCNCTO: Community Organization Experiences
  • Digital Storytelling Project Presentation
  • Breakout Groups: Issues and Challenges

12:15 to 13:00 – Lunch

13:00 to 16:00 Afternoon Section

  • Youth Ambassador Team 2: Presentations
  • Breakout Groups: Strategies and Action Items
  • Large Group Discussion

A short break is included in each section.


May 16, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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William Doo Auditorium
45 Willcocks Avenue
Toronto, Canada
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