On Thursday, August 3rd, from 7 PM – 8:30 PM, eight Canadian immigrant women will share how pieces of their personal history have brought them closer to, or farther from, the feeling of belonging.
As part of launching Caitlin Press’ new anthology “Wherever I Find Myself: Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women”, you are invited to come to 187 Augusta Avenue, home of TAYO Collective. Readers include Nam Kiwanuka, Margaret Nowaczyk, Kasia Jaronczyk, Camila Justino, Fernande Ponte, Siddiqa Sadiq, Miriam Matejova (editor), and two speakers from Historica Canada’s Passages Canada program.
Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that invites newcomers and established Canadians to share their personalexperiences of identity, heritage, and immigration with groups of all ages. Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit www.historicacanada.ca.
Some examples from the book include the following stories:
– a woman takes on the complex and often baffling nuances of the English language
– a Ugandan refugee and her family settle in Canada only to find their father is forever changed
– a Filipino woman recalls her fear when her parents are forced to leave them alone in a dangerous situation
– a woman from Burma re-discovers her history and culture in spite of being told that “there is no room for the past in this bright new world”
These are the portraits of women attempting to navigate unfamiliar landscapes, and their desire to be accepted despite differences in accent, sexuality, skin colour, or taste in food.