East Asian Solidarity Healing Space

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Thursday, Apr 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM  - 12:00 PM EDT 
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Event Details

All University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff of East Asian and South East Asian heritage are invited to this solidarity and healing space. We are offering this space in the aftermath of the Atlanta murders and through the rise of anti-Asian hate brought forth through COVID-19.

Racism against East Asian and South East Asian people is often unheard, unseen, and unaddressed. You are invited to share your experiences, grief, anger, and pain in a listening and supportive environment. We will talk about how we can set personal boundaries to care for ourselves and those around us. When the narrative of white supremacy and capitalism pit different racial and ethnic groups against each other, how can we build solidarity on campus that is rooted in antiracism that challenges white supremacy? We will go through some free writing activities which you can share anonymously on a group board. We will discuss what next steps we’d like to see on campus and how we can continue to stay in community. The last thirty minutes will be a performance by Janice Jo Lee, who will share songs and poems to decompress and close in a good way. 

About the Faciliator 

Janice Jo Lee, aka Sing Hey, is a contemporary folk artist of Korean ancestry. She is a folk-soul singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, actor, playwright, and educator from Kitchener, on Haldimand Tract treaty territory. On stage she creates looping landscapes with her voice, guitar, trumpet and Korean jangu drum. Lee is a hard femme, queer, radical, comedian, truth-teller, and satirist. She is interested in using art to build flourishing communities based in justice and joy. Lee's work explores gender justice, antiracism, friendship, community, ancestry, and the Earth. 

In Waterloo Region, Janice Jo Lee was voted Best Performance Artist from 2016 to 2020. She was the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence in 2015 and created four cinepoems with the community called Folk Myths of Kitchener. She is the founding artistic director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and created its first Spoken Word Residency program for emerging professionals. In Ontario, her theatrical work has been produced with Green Light Arts, MT Space, Theatre Passe Muraille, and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre. 

Lee has worked as an educator for ten years facilitating arts, anti-oppression, and leadership workshops across Canada. She has facilitated anti-oppression workshops at University of Waterloo, Laurier Student Public Interest Research, Laurier Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work and Folk Alliance International. Lee has helped young performers tell their own stories directing theatre programs with MT Space, The Family Centre (Kitchener), and Le Project N’we Jinan. Stay tuned for the radio play version of Will You Be My Friend, and her long-awaited album Ancestor Song.

If you have any questions please contact Janessa Good, events and engagement coordinator, Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion


Janice Jo Lee
Contemporary Folk Artist
Sing Hey


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Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion 

Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (HREI) supports, educates, and brings members of our campus community together to facilitate understanding, address discrimination and harm, influence and advance systemic changes towards making the University of Waterloo an equitable and safe(r) place where everyone can thrive. For more information and to explore the five intersecting portfolios that support the work we do, please visit our website