Fragments of Life: On Memoir and Y-Dang Troeung’s Landbridge


with David Chariandy, Madeleine Thien, Christopher Patterson, and Thy Phu 

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Celebrate Y-Dang Troeung’s life and powerful memoir Landbridge through a collective discussion featuring Christopher Patterson, Madeleine Thien, and David Chairiandy. Troeung, who grew up in the Kitchener-Waterloo area after being one of the last 60,000 Cambodian refugees admitted to Canada, tragically passed away before their book’s release. 

This collective discussion with explore what it means to write about genocide, race, migration, illness, and motherhood. Panelists will discuss the challenges and affordances of life writing, fragments as form, and memory work. Focusing on Troeung’s luminous prose and storytelling, the panelists will shed further light on the purpose and potential of the memoir genre itself. Moderated by Thy Phu. 

Sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Critical Refugee & Migration Studies Network Canada.

This event is hosted at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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