Alumni Spotlight

Micki Cowan

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.

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John Tak

John Tak

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.

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Kayla Black

Kayla Black

Kayla Black, BA 2014, recently returned from an exchange to South Korea and attended Ewha University for 2 semesters.

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Melody Pan

Melody Pan

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.

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Jeremy David Thomson

Jeremy David Thomson

Every Update we take an Asian Studies Alumnus from our Asian Studies LinkedIn Group and interview them on their paths after graduation. This issue we catch up with Jeremy David Thompson. He's currently the lead user experience designer at EA, where he's worked since 2011.

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Michael Zipursky

Michael Zipursky, BA '04, graduated in Asian Area Studies and has lived and studied in Japan. He currently lives in Vancouver where he has established two successful online businesses, FreshGigs.ca and ConsultingSuccess.com.

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Franklin Rausch

Franklin Rausch, Ph.D. '11 is currently an assistant professor at Lander University (Greenwood, South Carolina). As part of the History and Philosophy Department, he teaches core history classes, general-education world history classes, and upper level classes in Asian history.

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Max Gruber

Max Gruber graduated from our honours program in 2011 with a focus on China and Mandarin. He has spent a significant period of time living, studying, and working in China and currently works in Washington D.C. as an All-Source Analyst for BAE Systems focusing on national security issues for a government customer.

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Nathen Clerici

Nathan Clerici, Ph.D. 2013, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department at SUNY New Paltz.

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Oleg Benesch

Oleg Benesch graduated from our Ph.D. program and is currently an assistant professor at the University of York in the UK. His main project since leaving UBC has been his recently completed book, Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan, which is due out from Oxford University Press September, 2014.

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