Anthony (Tony) Chan was a scholar, filmmaker, journalist, writer, and social activist. He passed away in 2018. Tony completed his PHD at York University and taught at University of California, Hayward, University of Washington, Seattle, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa. He retired as a Full Professor. His History background grounded his work in journalism and as a documentary producer. Over his career, he worked at Hong Kong TVB (Television Broadcasting), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and as Assistant /Coordinator of the China Project funded by CIDA.
Tony’s work lives on in his books, articles and films. He was passionate about the importance of learning history in order to understand justice, injustice, and to pave the way forward for a better future. Over the decades Tony supervised many PhD and MA students. Many of these students credited him for his support, mentorship, and showing them new pathways for their academic and professional careers.
This endowment is set up in Tony’s memory by his sister Adrienne. Her goal is for students to use History as a context and understanding for taking action in social change, social justice, and create a better future
AVAILABLE TO: A student who is working on a project that is related to social justice or historical inequities. It is anticipated that such a project (research paper, etc.) will provide an understanding of how history influences the present day and the future.
Preference will be given to a student who is a visible minority or of Aboriginal descent.
AWARD SELECTION: Students will be nominated by the History department.