History Professor Laura Madokoro will be one of the panelists this Saturday, September 9, 2023, at a special online symposium looking back on a century of global racial exclusion.

More details on this event can be found online. Registration is required for this event: https://1923symposium.eventbrite.com

Date and time

Sat, Sep 9, 2023 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT



The Symposium

1923: Race, Empire, and Settler Colonialism Across the Pacific is a free online symposium that will bring together Transpacific and Pacific Studies scholars to reflect on, grapple with, and discuss the contemporary significance of racial exclusion during the 1920s in North America and around the world. This cross-disciplinary symposium will synthesize contemporary and historical perspectives along with global and regional perspectives to shed light upon how this era of racial exclusion resonates into present-day issues of race, empire, colonialism, and discrimination.

The half-day symposium consists of three hour-and-a-half-long moderated panel sessions, including a question and answer period. The symposium is a joint initiative between the University of British Columbia’s Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC), as part of the Centre for Asian Canadian Research and Engagement (ACRE), and the University of Toronto’s Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies. This initiative is also being organized in conjunction with Canada-China Focus, to support the goals of Project 1923.


Panel 1: North American Perspectives on 1923

Moderated by Nicole Yakashiro


  • Laura Ishiguro
  • Laura Madokoro
  • Lisa Mar
  • Nayan Shah
  • Timothy J. Stanley

Panel 2: Asian Settler Colonialism and Pacific Empires

Moderated by Takashi Fujitani


  • David Aiona Chang
  • Moon-Ho Jung
  • Sidney X. Lu
  • Renisa Mawani
  • Alice Te Punga Somerville

Panel 3: Looking Back from 1923

Moderated by Henry Yu


  • Keith L. Camacho
  • Iyko Day
  • John Price
  • Dean Saranillio
  • Sunera Thobani


Please direct any questions or concerns to project1923info@gmail.com.