The Grandparent Project: Inter-generational conversations about family, mobility and identity
Conducted in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, this project collected oral mobility histories from, between and within Asia and Canada. Students who worked on this project were encouraged to investigate mobility histories and practices within their own families as well as to reflect on how their own pathways are both similar and different from those of older generations. The project promoted self-reflection on the part of the student researcher and a context for new kinds of inter-generational conversations about the changing meanings of home, belonging, mobility, identity, diaspora, and citizenship for each generation in distinct contexts. By allowing family members to share their own life experiences and pathways, a clearer picture of the entangled trajectories of multiple generations emerged and formed the basis of analysis for student papers and projects. The final projects were published in the RCL-APRL magazine, Pathways.