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(Photo by Daniel Clarkson Fisher for the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project.)

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Contact: Daniel Clarkson Fisher (daniel.c.fisher@ryerson.ca)

The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project Will Launch Its Website and a Digital Storytelling Exhibit at Ryerson University During the 2019 DocNow Festival

TORONTO, May 23, 2019 – The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project, a new initiative that aims to record and preserve stories from the Chinese Jamaican community in Toronto, will launch an interactive website (CJOHP.org) and a digital storytelling exhibit in June. The project is one part of DocNow 2019, a documentary festival featuring innovative work from students in Ryerson University’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Documentary Media program.

An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, June 19th, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, at the Image Factory (IMA 324) in Ryerson’s School of Image Arts building (122 Bond Street). The public is invited to attend, and can RSVP at https://bit.ly/2YJgrDE. The exhibit will also run in the Image Factory until June 30th.

“This project began with the vision of the late, great Chinese Jamaican photographer Ray Chen,” says Daniel Clarkson Fisher, the MFA candidate behind the project. “In the fall of 2015, he tried to organize an oral history project with a group of interested parties from within the community, including my partner Stephanie Lyn. After Ray died, though, the project seemed to as well.” However, when Fisher was accepted into the Documentary Media program, he saw an opportunity to revive it. “Stephanie and I always had a lot of faith in Ray’s idea, and when I got into the MFA program I saw that it offered many of the things that were needed to make it a reality: time, equipment, supervision, etc. So I jumped at the chance to get things going. And I like to think Ray would see the work that’s been done as a very solid start toward his vision.”

As previously mentioned, two of my classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, are producing a new podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I co-host with another classmate, Sara Wylie.

Episode Four is now live. In it, guest co-host Pearson Ripley and I interview Sara about her extraordinary new documentary short The Garden Collective. Do check it out — you don’t want to miss this one.

I’ve just received word that my proposal was accepted, and I’ll be presenting at the 6th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling!

The subject will be my M.F.A. thesis project: The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project (CJOHP.org). I’ll also discuss the major ethical challenge of representation in my research-creation. “As a white man who has married into the community, but is not of it, I am approaching this subject as an outsider,” I say in the proposal. “As such, I have had to devise strategies that reflect my affinity with [oral historian] Jan L. Peterson, who has said that ‘in terms of White researchers researching across differences, letting go of prior notions of who and what defines research; questioning choices that are made regarding research design and analysis; and interrogating White privilege, biases, and assumptions we bring to the process are all critical to transformational research that seeks to improve human conditions.'” [1]

I’ll present with other emerging scholars in Montreal on March 22nd. For more information about the symposium, visit this page on the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling’s official website.

  1. Jan L. Peterson, “The Intersection of Oral History and the Role of White Researchers in Cross-Cultural Contexts,” Educational Foundations 22, nos. 3-4: 50.

As previously mentioned, two of my classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, are producing a new podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I co-host with another classmate, Sara Wylie.

Episode Three is now live. In it, Sara and I speak to yet another classmate, Émeraude Mbuku, about punk rock, Kanye West, and more. Émeraude is a delight, and I suspect you’ll appreciate this interview — give a listen.

As usual, there’s also a sixty-second review of a new documentary at the end of the episode. This time, it’s John on Emanuel Licha’s five-channel video documentary War Tourist.

As I mentioned some months back, two of my classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, are producing a new podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I co-host with another classmate, Sara Wylie.

The second episode is now live. In it, Sara and I speak to yet another classmate, Annum Shah, about her beautiful thesis project. I hope you’ll give it a listen — I think it’s a good conversation.

As usual, another classmate also offers a sixty-second review of a new documentary at the end of the episode. This time, it’s Nawal Salim on the series TIME: The Kalief Browder Story.

(And how about that stunning new logo by Episode #1 interviewee Daniel Schrempf?)

Two of my wonderful classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, are producing a new podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I co-host with another wonderful classmate, Sara Wylie.

In the first episode, Sara and I speak to yet another wonderful classmate, Daniel Schrempf — I hope you’ll give it a listen!

(Bonus: A fifth wonderful classmate, Pearson Ripley, offers a terrific, sixty-second review of Errol Morris’s astonishing Netflix documentary series Wormwood at the end of the episode.)

I had the enormous pleasure of appearing as a guest this week on episode 21 of Neil Hopkins and Chris Foster’s wonderful new Docs Factor Podcast. We discussed Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s 2003 documentary adaptation of Joel Bakan’s book The Corporation (a favorite of mine).

You can listen to the episode here, or with whatever app you use for podcasts. (Don’t forget to subscribe to the show while you’re at it!)

Also, if you haven’t seen The Corporation, I should point out that Achbar and Abbott have made it freely available to watch on YouTube. Get hip to it.