The Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies was established in November 2012 with a generous endowment from an anonymous donor. The objective of the Chair is to support research and teaching on topics relating to Chinese Canadian and Asian Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto.
An external and international academic search is being held in the 2021-2022 academic year to appoint a scholar to this full-time, tenure-stream position. The application window has now closed.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair will teach their undergraduate courses in the Canadian Studies program at University College. A minor in Asian Canadian Studies was launched in 2011 and the successful candidate will be expected to play a significant role in its development, which will include bolstering existing courses on Chinese Canadian Studies, Asian Canadian Cultures, and Asian Canadian Space and Place, as well as creating new courses that reflect the candidate’s research and teaching interests. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work in Chinese Canadian Studies has a strong transnational component and exists in dialogue with related fields such as Chinese Diaspora Studies, Chinese North American Studies, Asian Canadian Studies, and/or Asian North American Studies, Indigenous Studies, and/or the study of other racialized groups. Researching these connections involves paying attention to how immigration studies and/or politics intersect with past and present forms of racism, colonialism, imperialism, and transnationalism. We are especially interested in candidates for the Richard Charles Lee Chair with expertise in immigration, ethnicity, pluralism, transnational mobilities, and/or globalization.
Across all its courses, the Canadian Studies program provides students with an opportunity to examine pressing issues from the past and present, while also considering what the future might hold. Courses in the program are taught by award-winning instructors, and address a wide range of issues and themes. The program encourages interdisciplinary learning, and is committed to examining social and racial inequities, while also working to address structural inequalities. In Fall, 2021, a new Certificate in Black Canadian Studies was launched to foreground the exciting research and teaching on Black Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in both Canadian Studies and Asian Canadian Studies are strongly encouraged to take courses offered through the Centre of Indigenous Studies. In their final year, students have the opportunity to undertake independent research, or to participate in experiential learning, for example, through a capstone course that includes community engagement.
Students in Canadian Studies and Asian Canadian Studies are supported through a number of targeted awards. Among these is the Don and Gar Yin Hune (Xu) Undergraduate Essay Award in Chinese Canadian Community Studies, which recognizes excellent student scholarship in the area of Chinese Canadian community studies.
Students in the program also have the opportunity to participate in a range of student initiatives. Among these are the undergraduate conference and the undergraduate journal, ImagiNATIONs, which are both led by students, who participate as organizers, presenters, writers, and/or editors. The Canadian Studies program has an active student organization, the Canadian Studies Students’ Union (CANSSU), which organizes academic and social events, and provides support and mentorship to program students. Its executive includes a dedicated representative from the Asian Canadian Studies program.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair will join a vibrant and rich academic community at the University of Toronto. The University of Toronto has one of the largest concentrations of research on Canada in the world, with innovative research on Canada’s past, present and future is undertaken across the university’s three campuses. The university’s Asian Institute provides the intellectual core for cutting-edge interdisciplinary and transnational scholarship on Asia, with over one hundred affiliated scholars.
The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked third among peer institutions in North America, behind only Harvard and Yale. The University of Toronto’s Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library is the largest library collection on Hong Kong, and on Canada-Hong Kong relations, outside of Hong Kong. The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is home to one of the largest research collections on East Asian studies in North America.
The Asian Canadian Studies program, often in collaboration with other units, hosts a number of public-facing events on campus. For example, Asian Canadian Studies was one of the co-hosts of the inaugural LiterAsian Toronto 2019 Festival of Asian Canadian Writing. The Asian Canadian Studies program was also a co-sponsor of the Chinese Canadian Opera History Project, held at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library.