THE ADVOCATE 703
VOL. 79 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2021
By Fiona Wong*
NEW FACL BC DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS ANTI-ASIAN DISCRIMINATION
AND BIAS IN THE BRITISH COLUMBIA LEGAL COMMUNITY
This fall, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia)
Society (“FACL BC”) will be releasing a mini-documentary called “But I Look
Like a Lawyer”. The documentary will highlight the discrimination, stereotyping
and bias experienced by members of the pan-Asian legal community,
from law students to senior members of the British Columbia bar.
FACL BC is a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals. Established
in 2011, its mission is to promote equity, justice and opportunity for Asian
Canadian legal professionals and the broader community. FACL BC fosters advocacy,
community involvement, legal scholarship and professional development.
FACL has chapters across Canada and over 420 members in British Columbia.
Funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, FACL BC’s documentary
aims to increase intercultural awareness and competency within the
profession, while providing a platform for members of British Columbia’s
pan-Asian legal community to share their experiences. It aims to address
the complexity of the historical, psychological, sociological, economic and
colonial aspects of these lived experiences through interviews with scholars
of law, history and access to justice.
The documentary will premiere online at an official launch event hosted
by FACL BC in fall 2021 at participating law firms and at each law school in
British Columbia. If your firm or legal organization is interested in disseminating
or streaming the documentary as part of its equity, diversity and
inclusion training or commitment to ending anti-Asian racism and discrimination,
please contact <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
* Fiona Wong is a lawyer with Lesperance Mendes Lawyers. She maintains a civil litigation and administrative law practice
with a particular focus on strata governance.