The Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough stands in solidarity with all members of our community of Asian descent and with Asian diasporic communities across North America in the wake of horrific murders of eight people (including seven women, six of them of Asian descent) in the Atlanta area in Georgia: Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue. We strongly reject efforts to present their killings as somehow not racially motivated, or to separate this act of terrorism from a growing climate of anti-Asian and anti-immigrant hatred, repeatedly stoked by callous political leaders in recent years. We also recognize the very long history—in Canada as well as in the U.S.—of institutionalized racism, of undervaluing racialized persons' lives across this continent, of exploitative and precarious employment of Asian immigrants, and of the objectification of Asian women's bodies. As a department, we are dedicated to the critical study of past and present societies, and to exploring the intersectional effects of race, class, gender, and sexual hierarchies on diverse lived experiences. Today we renew our commitment to feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial action and analysis of the social, economic, and political processes that emboldened this shooter and others before him. Our hearts go out to the victims' families and loved ones, and to everyone impacted by these racist and misogynistic murders.
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Welcome to the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies!
Individually and combined, the five academic programs that comprise HCS — Classical Studies, Food Studies, Global Asia Studies, History, and Women's and Gender Studies – offer a critical lens on the processes that shape our world, situating them in multiple global and local contexts. Our programs equip students with a range of skills such as critical thinking, oral and written communication, collaboration, and research and analytical skills, that will prepare them to be successful in a variety of fields including law and public policy, government, education, community and social services, communications, business, management and much more.
We invite you to discover and learn more about our fascinating programs and courses, and to get in touch if you have any questions.