When 28 May 2021 - 29 May 2021
Where The Ontario College of Art and Design University
100 McCaul Street,
Toronto M5T 1W1

Friday May 28 – Saturday May 29, 2021

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EDT)

Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF) is a forum of lively discussions of Asia and Asia Global-related art, design, culture, media, creative strategy, and research.

Facilitated by professor Soyang Park (Liberal Studies, Graduate Studies)
3 tiers of presenters: Students, professors, and professionals
Participatory forum: Presenters, discussants, and the audience
Ongoing forum: regularly from September 2019: open for public submission of ideas: email to:

*Everyone is welcome to participate in this forum/become a presenter in future events.
*AGCSF does not support any form of ethnocentric or regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism unfit for our vision for the future. It solely focuses on promoting cosmopolitan learning and exploration of cultures and multi-directional decolonization.
*AGCSF supports the emergence of other cosmopolitan research groups and fora at OCAD U – based a non-hierarchical and non-exclusionary notion of regional, national, ethnic, and cultural identities.
*For further information, visit our website:; and facebook:
*Also check out our YouTube channel for our inauguration forum on May 17th, 2019 (unedited experimental  2-channel montage video) and 3rd forum on June 26th, 2020:

List of Presentations

Day 1, May 28 (Friday), 1-6 pm EDT

Cosmopolitan Asia Speaks and Protests

  • Performance by an artist-songwriter (the name to be revealed afterwards): “Inter-Generational Story: Songs for Beloved and Friends”
  • Opening Remarks by Professor Soyang Park (Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies, OCADU; The Founder of AGCSF), “Pandemic, Censorship, and Asian Voices”
  • Jinyoung Kim (Professor in Photography, Concordia University, Studio Arts Department), “Recollection in Autobiographical Art: Building a Sense of Continuity in Diasporic Experience”

[Art and Reception]

  • Hailey Kobrin (Criticism and Curatorial Practice, OCAD U), “Can the Western Museum Digest Asian Art?”

[Sex, Gender, and Age]

  • Yilong Liu (PhD candidate in Drama/Film Studies, Manchester University, UK), “Phenomenology and Affect: Qiu Jiongjiong’s Madame”
  • Jamie Park (Criticism and Curatorial Practice, OCAD U), “Elder Poverty in South Korea: How Tradition Falters in a Fast-growing Economy”

[Art, Protest, and Memory]

  • Tina Arriaza (Drawing & Painting, OCAD U),“Minjung Art: Decolonizing Aesthetics in South Korea”
  • Avneet Dhaliwal (Visual & Cultural Studies, OCADU), “Archiving Protest, Imagining Community: A Reading of the Trolley Times”
  • Max Chu (Integrated Media, OCAD U), “Amnesia and Post-memory in East Asian Art”

Day 2, May 29 (Saturday), 1-6 pm EDT

Cosmopolitan Asia & Creative Explosion

  • Immony Men ( Professor in Interaction Design, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Co-director of the Public Visualization Lab, OCAD U) & Lilian Leung (Digital Futures, OCAD U), “Public Visualization Lab and ‘Receipts’ Project”
  • Priya Bandodkar (Digital Futures, OCAD U), “Activating Indo-futurism”
  • Sara Mozafari (Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, OCAD U), “Thirding with Nine Thousand Memories”
  • Kristi Chen (Sculpture and Installation, OCAD U), “To Retrieve A Possible Heirloom”
  • Marli Davis (Drawing & Painting, OCAD U), “Warm Bodies, Ghostly Specimens, Stoic Machines”
  • Zahid Daudjee (PhD student in Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, US), “Invented Traditions: Nationalism and the Rhetoric of “Orthodox” Chinese Characters in Postcolonial Taiwan”

Program coordinators:

  • Kathy Wang (academic coordinator, senior coordinator, outreach)
  • Jessica Liu (junior coordinator. visual media coordinator, outreach)
  • Maari Sugawara (senior coordinator: supporting from Tokyo)
  • Jamie Park (junior coordinator, social media, outreach)

What is Culture
Culture is the shared value system and code of conducts that exist in interconnected and contingent differences across communities, cultures, and nations.
Culture in all its manifestations – conventional, popular, emergent, marginal, and resistant – are constantly shaped by and are (re-)shaping our status quo, ways of thinking, and visions.
Culture is not fixed but constantly shifts through the intersecting influences of politics, economy, populations, migrations, media, and even environment.
The study of culture is empirical as well as theoretical, and most importantly, it is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The set of questions, analyses, and evaluations it involves itself in interacts with other fields of study such as the study of economy and politics; social studies, ethnic studies; cultural anthropology and media studies; identity, gender, sexuality, class, and ideology studies.

What is a Forum
A gathering place for exchanges of ideas and views. It is also the agora (Greek), a proto-site of democracy.

The ethos of AGCSF:
•    A syncretic forum of all levels of researchers (students, professors, and professionals)
•    Merit- and contents-based (not rank or prestige).
•    No ethnocentric/regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism.
•    Cosmopolitanism and exploration of difference and alternative epistemologies.
•    Non-hierarchical organizational model for the promotion of a culture of open discussion.
•    Participatory forum: The participants will consist of the presenters, the discussants, and the audience whose participation is to be equally valued to bring about diverse and multidirectional discussions.
•    The Discussants are an important category of this forum. They are the generators of discussion as well as latent presenters. Those who are interested in presenting are recommended to participate as the discussants first. The discussants – along with the audience – who have previously participated in the forum and substantially contributed to the discussions will be considered with priority as the presenters for the following event.
•    Embodied participation is implied in its growth model based on merit and contribution (rather than on rank or prestige). AGCSF hopes to make this forum truly an intellectually viable place for lively exchange and discussion of ideas and visions, a lively intellectual fora filled with genuine curiosity and openness to different perspectives.
•    Embodied and experiential knowledge: AGCSF values embodied and experiential knowledge, research, and ideas rather than the overly academicized outcomes short of the conductive power to generate grounded and real conversations.
•    ESL students are the most welcome. You are the holders of up-to-date global knowledge. If you have any ideas to share but the only thing that makes you hesitate is your English, please bring a translator or discuss the ideas with us.

For more information please click here.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.