Yasmin Jiwani arrived in Montreal from British Columbia in 2001. Watching events unfold post-9/11 helped her articulate the theme and title of her book, Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence. The book combines primary research with media representations of events. In one chapter, Jiwani researches how young women experience racism. This research is juxtaposed with the media coverage of Reena Virk, a young South Asian teenager who was murdered by a group of teens in suburban Vancouver, and a horrific case of domestic violence in Vernon, B.C., involving an Indo-Canadian family.

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