Alumni Spotlight

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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Gary Towne

Gary Towne, BA '93, works in ESL for Asian immigrants. After graduation, he taught in Indonesia for a year, and much later, in China for 3 years. Currently living in Vancouver he is looking at some entrepreneurial possibilities in China, some with current and former students of his.

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Jonathan Trefz

BA '13 (Asian Language & Culture). "I think the ability to suspend investment in the values and perceptions one is accustomed to and to try to see the world through another cultural lens on its own terms is a rare and valuable skill"

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North K. Compton

North K. Compton, BA '99, has lived in Tokyo for the past 14 years. He has worked in multiple capacities in recruitment, but for the last 8 years he has done Franchise Development for MRINetwork.

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Fongyee Walker

Fongyee Walker, BA '93, began her study of fine wine while studying for her PhD in Classical Chinese at Cambridge University. She is now an accomplished wine educator and consultant based in Beijing and Asian Studies has caught up with her to learn and share her story.

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Agnes GoWoon Kim

Agnes GoWoon Kim returned to Korea after studying at UBC and is currently a Ph. D. student at Seoul National University. Even though Korean herself, she discusses the challenges and rewards of returning back home.

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Paula Bennett

Paula Bennett, BA ' 73, has been working for various departments related to Immigration Canada since 1973. She has worked all around the word, from the US to Africa to Asia, and is currently the First Secretary for the Embassy of Canada in Beijing.

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