Published on Straight.com Vancouver (http://www.straight.com)
Publish Date: May 3, 2007
Local quest for Asian history
North Delta secondary
Lum has also created
on-line learning guides concerning
Lum told the Straight that the current Japanese government has "minimized" attention to its atrocities. "We have a responsibility as educators to present the facts," Lum said.
All of Lum's Web quests, including those on such topics as the Avro Arrow and the October Crisis, are available at www.deltasd.bc.ca/nd2/library/NDSSOnlineCourses/OnlineCourses/Socials.htm.
This July, Lum and the
principal of North Delta secondary school, Ted Johnson, will lead a delegation
of 37 students, teachers, and Lum's two daughters on a study tour of
Get ready for Asian Heritage Month
> In December, 2001, the Canadian government officially recognized May as Asian Heritage Month.
> The Web page of Canadian Heritage ( www.canadianheritage.gc.ca ) lists nine Canadians of Asian heritage "who inspire us": former governor general Adrienne Clarkson, Liberal MP and former B.C. premier Ujjal Dosanjh, educator Ratna Ghosh, writer Joy Kogawa, former football player Normie Kwong, antiracist community worker and former restaurateur Jean Lumb, film director Deepa Mehta, writer Rohinton Mistry, writer Michael Ondaatje, and geneticist and broadcaster David Suzuki.
> For a snapshot of significant moments in Chinese Canadian history, Japanese Canadian history, and Sikh Canadian history, go to www.explorasian.org
On May 26 at 1 p.m., the National Association of Asian American Professionals
"With a strong Chinese population here, I think it's important that people know our history, especially Asian history," Lum said.
The Komagata Maru was
a ship that arrived in
Lum explained that the
Web quest on the Komagata Maru enables students to take on the roles of fictitious
passengers. The guiding questions explore what life was like in
Lum is one of more
than 60 educators who have travelled to Asia since 2004 with Thekla Lit,
president of the B.C. Association for Learning and Preserving the History of
Lit, who was born in Hong Kong, told the Straight that she became interested in the suffering of comfort women after reading a bilingual (Chinese and English) book on the subject in 1996. On April 27 this year, the Supreme Court of Japan absolved the Japanese government of any legal liability for the treatment of comfort women and ruled that a Japanese company was not liable for the use of forced labour during World War II.
significant because it impacts basically all Chinese victims' lawsuits in
She said she isn't
Lit said there were two possible explanations for silence on this issue: either Canadian politicians are ignorant about Asian history or they have a double standard.
"I prefer to believe they are ignorant," Lit said. "That's why I keep educating them."