Voices Rising
examines Asian Canadian political and cultural activism in the late twentieth century around such issues as community building, identity making, racial equity, and social justice. Informed by a postcolonial cultural critique, Xiaoping Li draws on historical sources and compelling personal testimonies to show how culture acts as a means of engagement with the political and social world.

As an interdisciplinary inquiry addressing topical issues of “race,” ethnicity, identity, and transculturalism, Voices Rising will be welcomed by scholars, researchers, and students in Canadian studies, cultural studies, ethnic histories, postcolonial theory, globalization studies, diaspora theory, and transcultural analysis. The general reader interested in Canadian identity and cultural history will also find this book accessible and useful.

Xiaoping Li is an independent researcher and professor in the Department of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Okanagan College, British Columbia.


“An immensely important book. As the first in-depth analysis of Asian Canadian artistic and cultural life, Voices Rising will be referred to in years to come as a definitive work. It is not only full of interesting characters, but contains a succinct historical narrative that explains the genesis of the Asian Canadian social and creative movements, and shows how they have responded to the Canadian nation and a global world.” – Anthony Chan, author of Perpetually Cool: The Many Lives of Anna May Wong, 1905-1961

Voices Rising is an outstanding contribution to Asian Canadian cultural scholarship, combining illuminating historical analysis with extensive interviews across several generations. The interviews alone are a fascinating record of the cultural apprenticeship and personal life stories of important activists and artists. This book is essential reading for scholars, teachers, and students in the areas of Canadian literature, history, cultural studies, critical race theory, and Asian North American studies, and it is an excellent text for courses in the expanding field of Asian Canadian writing and culture.” – Glenn Deer, Associate Editor of Canadian Literature

See the Department of Sociology and Women's Studies "
Library Thing." for more book titles!