Reclaiming our Bodies: Discussing Asian Sexualities on Screen


Wednesday, Nov. 16 (3-4:30 pm)
Room 2309, AMS Student Nest
6133 University Blvd

To what extent can we speak of “Asian sexualities”? Which lenses and languages can we use to challenge some of its racist and sexist underpinnings? How does the media contribute to sexual violence and how can we reclaim our bodies? Join us in exploring the personal and political identities of Asians through the lenses of media and sexuality. In addition to small and large group discussions, short screenings of Asians in the media will be shown and we will end with a PostSecret activity to transform the images we see on screen. This event is FREE and a late lunch will be provided!

3:05-3:10 Welcome
3:10-3:20 Community agreements
3:20-3:30 Short screening of Slaying the Dragon Reloaded: Asian Women in Hollywood and Beyond (Women Make Movies, 2011)
3:30-3:45 Small group discussions
3:45-4:10 Large group discussion
4:10-4:30 Short screening of Rupi Kaur’s “I’m Taking My Body Back” + PostSecret activity

General content note: this event will cover topics regarding gender and sexual violence through the film screenings and group discussions. An active listener will be available during and after the event if participants wish to check in with someone.


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


*If resources are available, language support can be provided if needed. We are also able to provide ASL interpretation if needed. To request these services, please ASAP.

*Food (meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free) will be provided. Please let us know if you have any other special dietary needs.

If you have questions or other accessibility needs, please

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