UBC Library’s Chapman Learning Commons is presenting a three-day summit (June 28-30) that will bring together for the first time, two groups of WWII veterans that faced discrimination: the Tuskegee Airmen and Chinese-Canadians veterans.
The Tuskegee airmen were the first group of African-American aviators to fly in combat for the US armed forces. They were dubbed “the Red Tails” after one fighter group painted their P47s and later P51s with a red tail. In Canada, men and women of Chinese descent were not deemed to be citizens. Despite this discrimination, when WWII broke out, Chinese men and women volunteered in the hundreds to fight for Canada.
While most of their ranks have passed away, a few remaining veterans, now mostly in their late 80s and 90s, will meet to share their stories.
Date: Opening symposium: June 28
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Place: Victoria Learning Theatre, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall
Open to the public. More info here.