Escaping to Freedom – A Journey from Vietnam to Canada

Join An Online Discussion On Anti-Asian Racism With Jolie Phuong Hoang – Thursday May 27th, at 7 PM

An Invite to All from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Niagara

Posted May 26th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

The continuation of the Online Speaker Series keeping up the momentum for racial justice and inclusion in St. Catharines is presented in partnership between the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Join us for a conversation with math professor (Niagara College) and author Jolie Phuong Hoang. Hoang escaped Vietnam in 1983, stayed at a refugee camp in Indonesia for 14 months before arriving in Canada in July 1984.

For more than 25 years, her career binds with lecturing formulas, mathematical theorems and how numbers shape life. But only in writing, Jolie finds the solution for her endless unanswered questions of sorrow and grief.

Her debut Creative Non-Fiction Anchorless has received several awards, to name a few: First Prize in Literary Fiction, North Street Book Prize; Honourable Mention, San Francisco Book Festival.

Her essay, June Sisters, made the shortlist, Surrey International Writers Conference. Jolie is currently working on her next book, published by Tidewater Press (  and will be available in October 2021.

This free virtual event will be streamed live on this Thursday 27 May 2021 at 7PM and can be viewed on the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Facebook (  and YouTube (  pages.

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About the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is located downtown St. Catharines, Ontario on the shared traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Neutral Peoples and many other Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We offer our sincere gratitude and respect to the original and continued stewards of this land.

We also acknowledge Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, and 2SLGBTQQAI+ that have been marginalized for centuries and more – and our collective responsibility to take action for a better world free from oppression, discrimination and racism. The PAC aims to provide meaningful opportunities to bring our community together in a place of mutual understanding, empathy, and respect through the arts.

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