Shifting the Scene: a Pan-Asian Creatives Panel Discussion on Cultural Identity and Representation

Four Wellington-based creatives, each with heritage ties to cultures across the Asian diaspora, discuss cultural identity, representation, and what it means to be “Asian” in 21st century Aotearoa New Zealand.

Co-hosted by Future Dragonz Wellington (Wellington Chinese Association) (FDW) and New Zealand Asian Leaders (NZAL) Wellington, the event showcases Pan-Asian creatives, Prabha Ravi QSM JP (Founder of Natraj School of Dance and NZAL Established member), Rose Lu (author of All Who Live on Islands), Bobby Stannard (PikPok animator and short filmmaker), and Vanessa Mei Crofskey (Director of Enjoy Gallery). It will be chaired by Chelsea Wong (musician, IP lawyer) of FDW, NZAL and NZ Asian Lawyers Emerging Leader.

Each panelist will consider the question “What is your ‘voice’ as a Pan-Asian Creative and why is it important?” Through sharing experiences and learnings, this event will bring to light some of the challenges encountered and ongoing mahi required for a more inclusive and diverse society that celebrates all cultures, including Pan-Asians.

Shifting the Scene: a Pan-Asian Creatives Panel Discussion on Cultural Identity and Representation is a safe space for discussion and we welcome anyone who is interested to be witness to the conversation.

This is a free event. Non-alcoholic drinks and nibbles provided. Please RSVP by booking your ticket through the Eventbrite link below, as there are limited places.

Schedule:
5.30 – arrive, drinks and nibbles
6.00 – panel discussion and audience Q+A
7.00 – drinks and nibbles, time for discussion

The event is wheelchair accessible. Please get in touch if you have any accessibility needs that we can assist you with.  
Date And Time
Mon, 12 April 2021                         
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM NZST

Location              
100 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011
Greater Wellington Regional Council

Register here.

Workshop for New Zealand Sign Language Users

Kia ora koutou,

The Superdiversity Institute is running a workshop for NZSL users on developing online guidance for government departments on the NZSL Act 2006 in Auckland on Tuesday 16 March 2021 and Wellington on Thursday 18 March 2021.

The NZSL Act sets out principles to guide government departments:

  1. The Deaf community should be consulted on matters relating to NZSL;
  2. NZSL should be used in the promotion of government services and provision of information; and
  3. Government services should be made accessible to the Deaf community, including through the use of NZSL.

The Office for Disability Issues has contracted the Superdiversity Institute to develop online guidance for government departments on what this means in practice.

We want to hear from NZSL users about best practice, issues and challenges in:

  • Consultation processes;
  • Using NZSL to promote government services;
  • Using NZSL to make government information available.
  • Making government services accessible to the Deaf community.

What has worked well? What hasn’t worked so well? What do Government Departments need to know about using NZSL and making their services accessible to the Deaf community?

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We are running two workshops, one in Auckland and one in Wellington.

Auckland:                                         
Jubilee Building: Parnell               
Tuesday 16 March 2021                 
10am-2pm   

Wellington:
Level 3, 11 Vivian Street, Te Aro
Thursday 18 March 2021
10am-2pm

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Register for Auckland here.
Register for Wellington here.

Ngā mihi,                                                                                   
Mai Chen, Antonia Di Maio and Anthony Hill

Virtual Speaker Series 2021 – Arti Chand, Vice President (Wellington) New Zealand Law Society

Date: Tuesday 20 April 2021
Time: 1200 New Zealand Time
Registration fees: Free
Topic: NZ Asian Lawyers and the New Zealand Law Society working together in the future.

Arti Chand is the Vice President (Wellington) of the New Zealand Law Society and has had a long involvement with the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Law Society, most recently as their Vice President.

She is an experienced tax lawyer who set up her sole practice, Arti Chand Tax Law, in 2015 after more than a decade in the private sector.  She provides domestic and international tax consulting advice to SMEs, not for profits, law firms and high net worth individuals.

In addition, Arti is:

  1. An executive committee member of the New Zealand Fiji Business Council; and
  2. The 2018 Winner of the Pasifika Woman Business Owner Award (Pasifika Business Network).

Arti is of Fijian-Indian descent and grew up in Fiji.  She is a strong advocate of celebrating the success of Pacific people and businesses in New Zealand.

Arti will speak about the ways in which NZ Asian Lawyers and the Law Society can work together in the future, including:

  1. Encouraging members of NZ Asian Lawyers and lawyers of Asian ethnicity (who are not members), to be actively involved in the Law Society, for example through applying to be a volunteer on branch and section committees, standards and practice approval committees and law reform committees;
  2. Encouraging consideration of the judiciary as a career pathway;
  3. Promoting training sessions in advocacy and legal writing;
  4. Sharing the issues and challenges faced by the Asian community with the wider profession, so that they can better understand their Asian colleagues and Asian clients; and
  5. Collaborating with the New Zealand Law Society to assist members of the public who are not proficient in English to understand the complaints processes.

Register for Arti Chand’s session here.

Virtual Speaker Series 2021 – Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart, Dean of Oxford University Law School

Date: Wednesday 14 April 2021
Time: 0830 New Zealand Time
Registration fees: Free
Topic: Superdiversity in legal education and in her legal career.

Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart is the Dean of Oxford University Law School and a Professor of the Law of the Law of Contract at Oxford University. She is also a Fellow in Law at Merton College.  

Professor Chen-Wishart was formerly a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago University and a Rhodes Visiting Research Fellow at St. Hilda’s College. She has taught Contract, Restitution, Torts and Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Consumer Protection Law and Introduction to Law.

She is the author of Contract Law (6th ed), an Editor of Chitty on Contracts (33rd ed), and is leading a six-book project on the Contract Laws of Asia, three have been published.

She holds a fractional Professorship at the National University of Singapore and a Visiting Professorship at Hong Kong University. She has also taught at Law Schools in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Taiwan. She is author of Contract Law (6th ed), and of numerous articles on the theory, doctrine and comparative law of contract for which she has won an international prize. She is an Editor of Chitty on Contracts (now 33rd ed), and of the six-book series on Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia, of which three have been published. Professor Chen-Wishart was a member of the Advisory Group on A Restatement of the English Law of Contract, and has lectured to the Judicial College of England and Wales, and the judiciary in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Professor Chen-Wishart was born in Taiwan and immigrated to New Zealand when she was 10 years of age. 

Professor Chen-Wishart will speak on superdiversity and legal education and in her legal career.

Register for Professor Chen Wishart’s session here.

Virtual Speaker Series 2021 – British Judge Master Victoria McCloud


Date: Wednesday 31 March 2021
Time: 0830 New Zealand Time
Registration fees: Free
Topic: The Equal Treatment Bench Book (latest UK edition)

Master Victoria McCloud is a Master of the Senior Courts, Queen’s Bench Division. Appointed in 2010, at age 40, she was the youngest person ever appointed Master, and only the second woman. She was also the first judge appointed from the transgender community.

Master McCloud is a researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the Oxford University Law School. She is also a Chartered Psychologist, qualified in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

She has been an editor of Civil Procedure (also known as ‘the White Book’) since 2000 and is the author of various legal books, as well as academic papers. In 2018, she presented the second Queen’s University Belfast Pride Law Lecture.

Master McCloud is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within the judiciary and legal professions and beyond. She is a member of the Committee reviewing and updating the UK’s Equal Treatment Bench Book, which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the different circumstances of people appearing in courts and tribunals. You can read the recently published Equal Treatment Bench Book here.

Here in New Zealand, superdiversity (when a significant proportion of the community are from overseas) is deepening. This is having an impact on the clients lawyers advise and on parties in our courts.

Our own Institute of Judicial Studies is developing an Equity/Diversity Handbook for judges. Its purpose is to guide judges in addressing the issues which arise when presiding over cases involving diverse (including culturally and linguistically diverse) parties.

However, as the Superdiversity Institute’s Report on Culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse parties in the Courts: a Chinese case study notes on page 41: ‘bench books can only go so far, and … it is important that there is active and ongoing discussion to build cultural capability’. 

Register now to join that discussion and to hear about Master McCloud’s career and experience in developing guidance on making courts a safer and more accessible place for the diverse communities they serve.

This session is a must attend for practitioners and litigators.

Register for Master McCloud’s session here.

If you have any queries, please contact NZ Asian Lawyers at info@superdiversity.org  

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