Under the auspices of Canadian Race Relations Foundation, a group of concerned Canadian citizens of Chinese and Muslim origins from Metro Vancouver organized a cross-cultural form on February 10, 2018 at the University of British Columbia. Its goal was to offer an occasion for both communities and the society at large, an opportunity to work further toward mutual understanding and harmonious relations, as an effort to promote inclusion and to embrace diversity.
70 attendees came together to discuss the long history of trade and learning between China and Muslim communities, as well as to explore how to continue to build bridges and strengthen ties between these two communities when facing efforts to sow division. The forum's major recommendations include increasing the opportunities for ongoing dialogue to improve race relations, as these type of discussions help to promote positive relations both between communities, and within the communities.
The organizers included:
Executive Chair: Richard T. Lee
Co-Chairs: Mufti Mohammad Shujaath Ali; Bilal Cheema; Cynthia Lam, C.M.; Prof. Philipp Lin; Prof. Bonny Norton, FRSC; Prof. Yi Chuan Sang
Advisors: Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan; Esther Leung; Dr. Thomas In-Sing Leung