Alumni Spotlight

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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Moto Mukai

Moto Mukai, BA'03, works in the field of tour operation, translation, and international education specific to the Japanese market. He currently runs MYK Enterprises, an inbound and outbound tour company that specializes in organizing various student programs such as school exchanges and customized study tours for both the Japanese and Canadian markets.

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Katherine Tutschek

Katherine Tutschek, BA'09 of Mandarin Language and Culture, now works bilingually as a Communications Executive at RMJM Hong Kong, a Global Architects and Design Firm. Before her position at RMJM, she completed a language diploma in Cantonese in Hong Kong which led her to building up experience as a personal assistant in the finance industry, while doing freelance translation and interpretation.

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Julia Chalifoux

Julia Ronmark, BA'04, began working as a production assistant and graphic designer for a Vancouver based magazine, then worked for seven and a half years in the creative services department at a local newspaper. She is now self-employed and publishing her own publication.

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Vickie Yau

Vickie Yau, BA '03, MA '08, currently lives in Hong Kong and is completing her doctorate in Education on the psychosocial influences of international and cultural experiences on student development. She also works part-time for a Foundation that aims to promote environmental awareness and understanding of a unique area in Hong Kong that is rich in environmental value and cultural heritage.

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Nabila Pirani

Nabila Pirani, BA'09 Asian Language and Culture, currently a 1L law student at the University of Toronto, with an M.A in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University.

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Bernice Chan

Bernice Chan, BA'95, currently lives in Hong Kong and works as a senior writer on the culture desk for the South China Morning Post as well as the Post's weekly entertainment magazine called 48 Hours.

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Brent Ackerman

Brent Ackerman, BA'94, has worked as a copywriter and TV reporter in Osaka, a Management Consultant in Tokyo, and now operates his own acupuncture and Chinese herbal practice, Black Sheep Acupuncture & Herbs, in Vancouver.

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Vincent Ng

Vincent Ng, BA'08, is a social entrepreneur based in Kobe, Japan and works to promote social business, market development and CSR projects in Asian countries. He was the Founding President of the Asian Studies Interests Association (ASIA) and President of the Ritsumeikan-UBC House during his time as a UBC student.

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Serene Chow

Serene Chow, BA'05, is a barrister and solicitor at a law firm in Richmond, BC. She is also the President and Founder of the BC Chapter of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.

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