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.
In March 2014, when the play was being performed at Winnipeg’s Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Ins Choi spoke about his experience to a small audience at the University of Winnipeg.
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.
Hot off the press! Please join me for the launch of Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour.
The launch will take place at Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 at 7 pm.
The book examines why the majority of North American Mennonites rejected labour unions in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour is the title of my forthcoming book from McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Interested in the relationship between public intellectuals and the church? Hear Dr. Perry Bush discuss “The Professor as Peacemaker.”
Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba has received its first review! Historian James Naylor (Brandon University) reviewed the book for Oral History Forum d’histoire orale, the journal of the Canadian Oral History Association. You can read his review here.
I’ll be discussing the book at public lectures in Winnipeg on the following dates:
4 December 2013, 12:30 PM, Fred Douglas Place (333 Vaughan St.)
10 December 2013, 2:00 PM, The Wellington (3161 Grant Ave.)
7 April 2014, 2:00 PM, The Portsmouth (125 Portsmouth Blvd.)
Manufacturing Mennonites will also be discussed by registrants in Canadian Mennonite University’s theology book discussion group “Take and Read” on 9 April 2014.
Reviews of the book have been published in Oral History Review, Mennonite Quarterly Review (see pages 131-33), the Journal of Mennonite Studies, The Canadian Historical Review, Great Plains Research, Labour/Le Travail, Canadian Ethnic Studies, and University of Toronto Quarterly.
Celebrating the publication of my first book!
The book launch will take place at Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson on Saturday, 27 April 2013 at 2 pm.
University of Winnipeg History Seminar Series, 13 February 2013.