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Pushpa Parekh's Poem Read at Multicultural Festival in Canada

October 2017

Pushpa ParekhThe award-winning poem, "Tongueless in Vancouver" written by Pushpa Parekh, Ph.D., professor of English and director of Spelman's African Diaspora and the World program was selected to be presented at the Canada and Me - Celebrate Canada 150: From Far and Wide-2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Contest and Festival held earlier this fall.

Multiculturalism is a bitter-sweet language forged on the painful exclusions of people of color in the past, both in Canada and the U.S. In the poem, Dr. Parekh evokes the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, when 352 passengers from Punjab on the Japanese ship were denied entry into Canada.

While Dr. Parekh was unable to attend and read her poem at the festival on Sep 29 in Vancouver, Cici Liang, executive director of North America International Culture Development Foundation, read the poem to a room full of participants.

View the "Tongueless in Vancouver" Video

The poem will also be published in a collection celebrating 150 years of Multicultural Canada.