Zinnia Naqvi The Professor’s Desk

May 4–31,  2023

The Professor’s Desk pairs documents from the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance’s archives within the frame of a professor’s office. This project looks particularly at four cases of discrimination on or relating to Canadian universities; the W5 Campus Giveaway TV Special from 1979, Professor Kin-Yip Chun’s case of racial discrimination against the University of Toronto, MacLean Magazine’s “Too Asian” article from 2010, and current barriers facing international students across the country. Naqvi considers how these institutions have or have not chosen to support visible minorities within the frame of academia.

This series is meant to commemorate the legacy of figures who have publicly spoken out about their experiences and considers how they made space for future Black, Indigenous, and racialized workers within academic institutions.

Presented with Mayworks Festival of Working People & the Arts.