Associate Professor, History, University of Winnipeg
Associate Director, Oral History Centre, University of Winnipeg
Editor, Oral History Forum d'histoire orale
Author, Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016)
Author, Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba (University of Toronto Press, 2013)
If you love comedy and Canadian immigrant stories, you’ve probably been watching Kim’s Convenience. This great CBC series is based on the award-winning play of the same name by Ins Choi. The play’s script was published by House of Anansi Press; reading it doesn’t do justice to the play, though, as it really comes alive through the interpretation of actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who dramatizes the lead character of Mr. Kim (aka Appa) in the play and now in the TV series.
Do you have a grandparent or other relative who was involved in the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike?
Did that person share stories with you about their experiences?
Consider commemorating their participation by sharing those stories in a recorded oral history interview.
Interviews so conducted will used in teaching and research, including publications. For further details (including potential benefits and risks), contact Janis Thiessen, History Department, University of Winnipeg, ja.thiessen@uwinnipeg, 204-786-9947.
The conference was held at the University of Toronto Scarborough, a fitting venue, given the presence of Culinaria on that campus. (I’ve been in awe of their “Mapping Scarborough Chinatown” digital project for some time now.)
Manitoba Mennonites’ ethno-religious identity was transformed in the last half of the 20th century. As a school situated in the heart of the city, Westgate Mennonite Collegiate‘s history offers a unique means of exploring generational and class differences within the Mennonite community. Westgate has been a significant site of contested power and social integration: authorities (government officials, church leaders, and school administrators) struggled with others (parents, students, faculty and staff, church members, neighbourhood residents, and non-Mennonites) to (re)define Mennonitism for the post-Second World War generations.