On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, Parker Mah talks about Being Chinese in Quebec, a documentary film by Malcolm Guy and William Dere that explores “the younger generation of Sino-Quebecois and their struggles of identity, integration and building a life for themselves in this province,” and how the long history of people of Chinese origin navigating exclusion and racism in Canada and Quebec plays out in the lives of young Chinese Quebeckers today.
The film asks questions like, What do young Chinese people living in Quebec think about themselves, their community and their identities? How do they connect that to the histories of the racist Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada, and to the experiences and struggles of older generations? The film traces the journey of discovery of two young Chinese Quebecois, Bethany Or and Parker Mah, as they speak with a wide range of younger Chinese Quebeckers about these questions and also explore them for themselves. I speak with Mah about the origins of the project, about some of the histories of Chinese experience in Canada and Quebec, about experiences and strategies and struggles and about some of the key ideas explored in the film.
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