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Wherever I Find Myself - Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.
on Musqueam territory, currently studying English at the
University of British Columbia and managing social media for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Like many Vancouverites, she loves
figure skating, yoga pants
and coffee, and like
many Filipinos, she loves adobo,
karaoke and her family.
essays on dance have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Queen’s Quarterly and other
publications. Dance Collection Danse published her trio of books on Vancouver dance history,
and co-edited anthology Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s. Kaija has been editor of Dance
International magazine since 2013.
In this third anthology in the Canadian women series by Caitlin Press, Canadian immigrant women from a variety of ethnicities and intersecting identities share their diverse and personal 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 Portuguese woman recalls her fear when her parents are forced to leave her and her sister alone in a dangerous situation, and a woman from Thailand re-discovers her history and culture in spite of being told that “There was no room for the past in the bright worlds to come.”— these are 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. Whether home is a place they long to return, desire to create, or hope to preserve in the language of their families, each writer reveals how pieces of their history have brought them closer to, or farther from the feeling of belonging.
In Wherever I Find Myself, edited by Miriam Matejova, the authors are both critical and grateful for being able to call Canada home. Together their stories present a mosaic of emotions and worldviews that underline the plurality of immigrant experiences for women.