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SMELLS (AND LOOKS) LIKE MULTICULTURALISM: EXPERIENCES OF PAKISTANI MUSLIM WOMEN IN TORONTO
-DR. LALAIE AMEERIAR

Despite being trained professionals in fields including engineering, law, medicine and education, Pakistani women who have immigrated to Toronto experience high levels of unemployment and poverty. In Toronto, a city that prides itself on multicultural inclusion, women are subjected to two distinct cultural contexts—one which celebrates differences, and another which supresses them. For example, in state-funded unemployment workshops, these women are instructed not to smell like Indian food or wear ethnic clothing, but are encouraged to promote these same differences in other venues like cultural festivals.

Join us for a fascinating lecture as Dr. Lalaie Ameeriar, Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses the challenges faced by professional women from Pakistan immigrating to Toronto. It is a subject examined at length in her recent book, Downwardly Global, which reveals a form of multiculturalism that privileges whiteness using race, gender and cultural difference as a scapegoat for the failures of Canadian neoliberal policies.

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UBC History and Sociology Speaker Series
Speaker: Lalaie Ameeriar, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 6:45 pm
Location: Okanagan Regional Library, Ellis Street Branch, 1380 Ellis Street, Kelowna
Cost: FREE, but registration required

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