The University College Canadian Studies program at the University of Toronto has appointed Professor Lisa Mar as the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies. Prof. Mar joins the University of Toronto from the University of Maryland, where she was an Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies. Her research interests include Asian Canadian immigration, politics, and culture. She is the author of Brokering Belonging: Chinese in Canada's Exclusion Era, 1885-1945, as well as several articles on Chinese migration history and immigrant family life.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair will enhance understanding of issues facing Chinese Canadians, as well as patterns of Canadian immigration, integration, multiculturalism, and belonging.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies was established in November 2012 with a $4 million endowment from an anonymous donor.
The Chair is housed within the renowned Canadian Studies program at University College, and is to be held by a rising star who will define the growing and dynamic field of Chinese Canadian Studies. The Chair will also be cross-appointed to one of U of T's top-ranked social science or humanities departments, such as Political Science, Sociology, English or History.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair will:
- Enhance understanding of issues facing Chinese Canadians, as well as patterns of Canadian immigration, integration, multiculturalism, and belonging;
- Educate domestic and international students to better understand the complexities of the Chinese-Canadian community and the substantial contributions that they have made to Canadian culture and society;
- Support interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Canada in research and teaching;
- Undertake innovative and cutting-edge research that establishes the University of Toronto as a world leader in Asian-Canadian Studies; and
- Foster better group relations through learning, by drawing upon and expanding the already strong existing partnerships with Asian communities in Toronto.