Alumni Spotlight

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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Clarchie Szeto

Clarchie Szeto, BA'97 of Japanese, works for a large asset manager in Hong Kong serving some of Asia's largest financial institutions after a move from Vancouver to work in Asia.

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Aaron Posehn

Aaron Posehn, BA'10, works for the UBC English Language Institute, writes for a Chinese business website, and has created a Chinese character eBook for sale online.

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Sarah Youngblutt

Sarah Youngblutt, BA '09, works as an archaeologist in Australia and is midway through a PhD in mainland southeast Asian archaeology with a focus on Indian sites that carry World Heritage designation in Southeast Asia.

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Lea Chambers

Lea Chambers, BA '97, is the Global Marketing Leader for Golder Associates, an international environmental and engineering company, and is also on the Board of Directors for their corporate charity, the Golder Trust for Orphans.

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Austin Bonner

Austin Bonner, BA '06, after graduating UBC moved to Japan and spent one year on the JET Programme as a CIR (Coordinator of International Relations). As of 2012 he now works at Google in Mountain View, doing full-cycle recruitment within a business unit called gTech, focused primarily on growing teams that support many of their digital advertising platforms and ad exchanges.

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