The Alumni Spotlight is an interview series where we interview Asia Studies alumni about their career paths, how they became interested in Asian Studies and for any advice that would be useful to our students. This interview features Nick Stember, MA '16, who works as a freelance Chinese to English translator in Vancouver, BC.
Taylor Sadler, BA ‘15, worked as a Cultural Ambassador for the Labo International Exchange Foundation in Japan after graduating. Her job involved going to different community groups and giving children a chance to interact with a foreigner, learn about a foreign culture, and practice their English.
Mareike Entzian, BA '15, is currently working for Dezan Shira & Associates in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, contributing articles, translations and general social media management and editorial tasks for their communications department. Before graduating, Mareike worked for the department of Asian Studies as a work/learn student.
Milton Kiang, B.A., LLB. is a Sr. Resume Writer with Vancouver Resume Professional. Milton helps clients win job interviews by writing professional, impeccable resumes that capture an applicant’s biggest “selling points” to an employer. He has written previously for the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Courier and the Georgia Straight, and was a contributor to the Career & Business section of The Lawyers Weekly newspaper. Milton’s writing has also appeared in online job sites such as FreshGigs.ca and BCJobs.ca
Micki Cowan, BA 2011, pursued a career in journalism after graduating. Last summer she spent two months around Shanghai gathering footage, interviews and doing research for a documentary that will be coming out this April called “Dying to Breathe” regarding the air pollution in China.
John Tak, BA’82 (Asian Studies) is Vice President of International Business for the Factors Group of Nutritional Companies Inc., Canada’s largest manufacturer of nutraceutical products. John also worked as Director of Asian Business Development for Magna International Inc., Canada’s largest auto parts manufacturer. John speaks and reads Japanese, having worked in Japan for eight years.
Melody Pan completed her BA with honors in Asian Studies in 2014. She most recently worked for Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver (the same company responsible for Katamari Damacy) and is currently searching for new opportunities in Japanese translation. We interviewed her in order to share her experience and lessons.