“Where Are You From?”: Growing Up African-Canadian in Vancouver

Dr. Gillian Creese new book published by University of Toronto Press Where Are You From?” recounts the unique experience of growing up in a place where the second generation seldom sees other people who look like them, and yet are inundated with popular representations of Blackness from the United States.

This study explores how the second generation in Vancouver redefine their African identities to distinguish themselves from African-Americans, while continuing to experience considerable everyday racism that challenges belonging as Canadians. As a result, some members of the second generation reject, and others strongly assert, a Canadian identity.

Dr. Gillian Creese is the Associate Dean of Faculty and Equity with the Faculty of Arts and a Professor with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.