John Xu, the new Director of CFI Toronto, made this observation:
“I have often remarked how little interest people of my ethnicity have for secularist and freethought issues. My theory is that this is because they are the product of very complicated and difficult social, political, and intellectual turmoils of the 20th Century. Most Chinese people I know are brought up with a single-minded concern about generating wealth and a general apathy about philosophical matters. This is likely because their parents lived through such hard times.”
Although East Asians are the largest group of irreligious adherents in the world, the prominent faces of irreligion are white men like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. The panelists will discuss and dissect assumptions and stereotypes about East and South Asians and their puzzling absence in representative numbers in the freethought and secular microcosm.
With Lilandra Nelson, Shanon Nebo, Razib Khan, Hemant Mehta, Yau Man Chan, and Vic Wang.
Starts at 6 PM Central!