Xiaoping Li

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Xiaoping Li


Kelowna British Columbia

Published books

Title Extended title Year of Publication
Asian Canadian Cultural Activism 2007
Performing Asian Canadian Performing Asian Canadian-The Theatrical Dimension of a Grassroots Activism, Asian Canadian Theatre. 2011


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Xiaoping Li was born and grew up in the People's Republic of China. She came to Canada as an international student in the late 1980s to further her study of Canadian society. She decided to stay in Canada permanently after the Tian'anmen Square massacre in June 1989, when the Chinese government sent troops to the centre of Beijing to crash the peaceful demonstration staged by university students and ordinary citizens. Growing up in a highly politicized society, she developed a strong interest in politics and issues of (in)equality, which are reflected in her own study, research and teaching. She has a broad range of research and teaching interests, including cultural politics, globalization, community activism, immigration and multiculturalism, minority rights, and media and society. She enjoys overseas traveling and photography immensely and hopes one day she will have the time to make a few documentary films on some of her research topics.

During the academic year, 2013-2014, Dr. Xiaoping Li is on sabbatical leave in Sanya City, Hainan, PRC.

Academic Credentials: PhD (Sociology) (York University), M.A. (Communication Studies)(University of Windsor), Diploma (Canadian Studies) (Trent University), B.A. (English) (SWNU, China)

Recent publications or awards:

"Reforming Asian Canadian: The Theatrical Dimension of A Grassroots Activism." in Nina Lee Aquino and Ric Knowles (eds.) Asian Canadian Theatre. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press. 2011. [1]

Reviewed by Pilar Cuder-Domínguez [2]

“Charting the Roots/Routes of Communication Theory,” in Nancy Van Leuven & Anthony B. Chan (eds.) Dao of Communication, Toronto: Ginger Post Imprints, 2009. [3]

“Communication Across Cultures,” in Nancy Van Leuven & Anthony B. Chan (Eds.) Dao of Communication, Toronto: Ginger Post Imprints, 2009.

Voices Rising: Asian Canadian Cultural Activism. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007. [4]

Reviewed by A.B. Chan. BC Studies, no. 155, Autumn 2007. [5]

Reviewed by Thy Phu. University of Toronto Quarterly, Volume 78, Number 1, Winter 2009, pp. 414-415 | 10.1353/utq.0.0451 [6]

Reviewed by Guida Man. Canadian Ethnic Studies. Volume 40, Number 3, 2008. pp. 206-208 | 10.1353/ces.2008.0003 [7]

See Chapter Three, Being Asian Canadian [8]

Community Involvement:

Honorary President of the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Society

Recommended Reads:

Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World's Food System. Raj Patel (Portobello)

Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth. Margaret Atwood (House of Anansi Press)

Two websites I would recommend to students: [9] [10]

Contact Information: email: xli@okanagan.bc.ca phone: 250 762-5445 (x.4560)

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