Breaking the Silence – Sexual and Relationship Violence in Asian Canadian Communities

In light of January being Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) the ACAM dialogues will be hosting it’s first event of the semester, “Breaking the Silence: Sexual & Relationship Violence in Asian Canadian Communities.” This dialogue is a free event where attendees will have an opportunity to discuss topics surrounding the intersections of race and violence in a safe space and are later free to ask questions to our esteemed panelists.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Narae Namkung: Currently the Support & Advocacy Coordinator at the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC. Narae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UBC Okanagan and has over 6 years of volunteer and work experience in the anti-violence field.

Samantha Truong: Samantha Truong is currently the Research Assistant for the Healthier Masculinities Program at the SASC. She is in her last year of the Bachelors of Social work Program at UBC, and is currently doing her practicum with the Vancouver Costal Health HIV STOP team. She has previously worked at the 1-800-Suicide Lines and is personally passionate about how culture and race intersect with Mental Health.

Darla Tomeldan: Darla Tomeldan (BA, RCIC) obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from the University of the Philippines. She immigrated to Canada in 1994. She is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with more than 20 years of legal advocacy work experience around anti‑oppression and anti‑violence in the nonprofit sector as well as consistent volunteer work with various grassroots organizations. Her work is based on a feminist anti-oppression framework and a strong analysis of the direct relationship between privilege of status and social, economic and political justice.

Kim Villagante will be the visual notetaker for the event. Kim Villagante is a multi dimensional artist of filipina descent residing on coast salish territory. She graduated from Ubc’s visual art program and is currently immersed in the arts and music community. She loves drawing, beats, coffee and herbs.
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WHEN: Jan 27th, 2017 from 3-4:30pm
WHERE: UBC NEST room 2301

This event will be taking place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. We recognize that sexual violence plays a key role in colonial and gendered violence, and continues to affect Indigenous communities. As the land which UBC is situated on was taken without consent, we ask settlers to consider what it means to be good guests in the spaces they navigate.
Along the same line of thinking through space, we are prioritizing the ACAM Dialogue as a student and survivor-centric event that centers Indigenous and POC students (particularly Asian Canadian student communities). Please be mindful of this if you plan on attending. If you have any questions or concerns about what it means to be an ally, feel free to contact

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This event is organized by the ACAM Dialogues: Extending the Conversation on Sexual Violence in Asian Communities on Campus and Beyond project. These dialogues examine the intersections of race, gender, and violence, especially as they impact Asian student communities and open up spaces for students to share experiences and resources, build analyses, and discuss strategies of organizing against sexual and other forms of violence. The series will culminate in a public symposium in Spring 2017 to bring these conversations to a wider audience at UBC and beyond. For more information, please visit