Asian Studies Annual Careers Night

Are you interested in finding out what careers exist in Asian Studies?

Annually, we invite some of our most notable alumni back to UBC. Our Careers Nights are famous for our free and scrumptious catered dinners, invaluable advice from our amazing alumni, and our awesome free Asian Studies swag!

These annual events, held in February or March of each year, are open to students who have declared or are potentially interested in declaring a major in Asian Studies, and alumni who are interested in sharing their personal insight and experiences.

Our Careers Night has something to offer for everyone!

As a student:
* Ask the burning questions about what a degree in Asian Studies has to offer
* Gain extremely helpful networking tips (e.g. How to Use LinkedIn 101)
* Meet your fellow undergraduates and learn about their career and academic plans
* Gain an excellent head-start in planning your next move during and after UBC

As an alumni:
* Share what you did at UBC that helped you succeed
* Give back to your alma mater by providing your insights to the students of what they should be expecting
* Meet and make connections with other alumni, faculty, and students
* Meet potential employees among our dilligent and passionate students

The 2018 Asian Studies Careers Nights

A wonderful opportunity to gain advice and network with people who have found exciting careers after an Asian Studies degree. We invite all Asian Studies Alumni interested in participating or being a speaker at this year’s event to email our event coordinator, Oliver Mann at oliver.mann@ubc.ca.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
6pm
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall

Stay tuned for more details…


Past Careers Nights

The 2017 Asian Studies Careers Night

This year’s event will begin with a keynote from Ambassador Joseph Caron (previous Canadian Ambassador to China, Japan and India) and will then open up to a panel of Asian Studies Alumni and a networking session for students. If you are an Asian Studies Alumnus interested in being a speaker/participant at this year’s event, please send an email to oliver.mann@ubc.ca.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
6pm
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall

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The 2016 Asian Studies Careers Night

Asian Studies Career Night 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016
6:00 PM
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall
Free – Registration required

 

Go to the event page for details and to register: http://asia.ubc.ca/events/event/2016-asian-studies-annual-careers-night/

 

The 2015 Asian Studies Careers Night

2015 Careers Night

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
6:00 PM
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall

Alumni Speakers:

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, before retiring, was most recently the First Secretary for the Embassy of Canada in Beijing. Although Paula has now retired in Vancouver she has been on contract at our embassies in the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and Chile over the last year.


Jan Jettel, BA '05, MBA '12. Following his graduation from UBC, Jan moved to Seoul, South Korea, and worked as a business journalist at The Korea Times and the German Chamber of Commerce. He then moved to Frankfurt, Germany to work as a management consultant at KPMG for three years, before returning to UBC in 2010 to get an MBA at the Sauder School of Business. He is currently a manager at a Chinese-Canadian mining equipment manufacturer in Vancouver, developing global business relationships. Jan considers his minor in Korean language & literature the most memorable part of his UBC education.


Kyubak Lee, BA '11 currently works in the field of FX risk management and treasury services with Cambridge Mercantile Group. His primary role is to provide foreign exchange (fx) risk management services; specifically using forwards and options based hedging products to help and guide clients to mitigate their fx risk. He is able to use his experience and the education of an Asian Area Studies major and directly apply them to his line of work in identifying cross-country risks and pressure points, and successfully deduce them for his clients.


Gary Matson, BA ’72 Asian Studies, MA’82 Modern Japanese Literature, LLB’85, is a business lawyer in Vancouver. He is fluent in Japanese. Most of his clients are Japanese. He is involved in many Japan-related societies in Vancouver.

 

 


Shirley Nakata, BA ’84 (Japanese and PoliSci), LLB ‘88 is the Ombudsperson for Students at UBC. She has worked as a litigator in private practice, in the human rights, and professional regulatory fields before taking her current position at UBC in 2009.

 

 


Christine Park, BA '11, is currently a Program Assistant at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada – a non-profit think tank on Canada-Asia affairs. Prior to working at the Foundation, she has worked as a Border Services Officer and as a Research Analyst at the Ministry of Health Services. While at UBC, she studied International Relations and Asian Studies and was very active in student clubs. She participated in IRSA, Model NATO, Model UN, and was the Vice President of the Asian Studies Interests Association.

Peter Scarrow, BA '77 Chinese Language, JD '81 Law, currently works in the real estate business in Vancouver. After graduating he spent 10 years practicing law in Vancouver as the partner in charge of the Taiwan office of Bull Housser & Tupper, 10 years as part owner/legal counsel/director of Vancouver real estate brokerage company Macdonald Realty and 13 years in Hong Kong as a private banker/legal counsel with HK office of Swiss-style private bank (LGT Bank) and Director of TMF Group - an international trust company.


Koichi Ronald Shimoda, BA ‘75 (Asian Area Studies) is a bilingual and multicultural executive who has extensive experience and expertise in driving business, restructuring and start-ups in Japan and Canada. Starting in 1986, Mr. Shimoda proved himself to be a leader in the financial services industry at Lehman Brothers and Drexel Burnham Lambert. More recently, Mr. Shimoda, as Representative Director and General Manager at Right Management Japan, provided outplacement services and HR consulting solutions. He is considered a thought leader in Ageing, Globalisation, Inclusivity, Pensions and Talent Mismatch. Furthermore, as the Senior Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer of ING Life Insurance and Chief Executive Officer of ING/Principal Pensions, Mr. Shimoda developed and sold corporate Defined Contribution pension plans, individual pension products (i.e. annuities) and financial planning in Japan. During his time from 2006 to 2009 with Accenture Japan as the Business Development Director Financial Services, he sold customized Business Processing Outsourcing. Currently he providing financial consulting in Vancouver focused on providing investment advise, retirement and succession planning and re-structuring business for growth.


Kim Smith, BA '88, has spent most of her life living in Asia. She currently resides in Hong Kong. After working many years in the fashion industry, she has spent the past 12 years as a fundraiser for the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children. She has two children and her youngest daughter is now a 3rd year student at UBC.


Suzanne Williams, BA '96 Asian Studies (Chinese Language), lived, studied and worked in Greater China for a combined total of 12 years between 1991 and 2007. She studied Chinese language and culture in Taiwan prior to entering UBC in 1992 and completed the third year of her undergraduate degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Suzanne worked in education administration, manufacturing and business research in Mainland China from 1998 to 2007. She is now back in Vancouver as a Vice President with SAI Industrial, where she directs global market research projects for industrial clients, primarily in advanced materials, equipment and alternative energy. Thankfully, she still gets to use her Chinese language skills at work, as well as in several of her community volunteer positions, ranging from fundraising to ski instruction.


Gary Wong, BA ’03, MBA ’13 is an award winning, full time Realtor for Macdonald Realty Ltd. After graduating from UBC in 2003, he worked in various sales and operations roles at Buy&Sell, Telus, HSBC and Schneider Electric before going back to do his MBA at SFU and discovering his passion for real estate. Gary studied multiple languages over the years, including Mandarin, Korean and Japanese and has always had a thirst for continuous learning.


Bill Stephenson, BA '81 Japanese Language, was initially employed (1982) as a Japanese/English bilingual marketing assistant role at the Vancouver office of a major shosha. In 1987 he relocated to Tokyo and moved into finance – initially servicing Japanese institutional investors, and later moving into operations/senior management roles. Acquired CFA (chartered financial analyst) certification along the way. Returned to Vancouver in 2007 and focused on fund operational due diligence until retiring in 2014.

 


Emily Wu, MA ’07, is currently a Program Coordinator at the UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Intercultural Communication. Her current work involves developing, delivering, and managing innovative educational programs for adult professionals. Prior to working at UBC, she has worked as an Assistant to Consul for Cultural Affairs at Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver and a Coordinator for International Relations on the JET program. Emily is passionate about language, culture, and diversity and she attributes this to her education (Asian Studies and International Relations) and experience. Emily has served on the board of Vancouver Mokuyokai Society and JETAABC, and currently volunteers with Japan Fair Association of Vancouver and Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.


Michael Zipursky, BA '04, moved to Japan after graduating and established a branding and design firm where he worked with some of Japan's top companies as a consultant and advisor. Since then he has returned to Vancouver and has established two successful online businesses, FreshGigs.ca and ConsultingSuccess.com.

The 2014 Asian Studies Careers Night

Annually, we invite some of our most notable alumni back to UBC. Our Careers Nights are famous for our free and scrumptious catered dinners, invaluable advice from our amazing alumni, and our awesome free Asian Studies swag!

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

6:00 PM
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall (map)

Confirmed Alumni Speakers

Nick Angiers, BA '08 (Chinese program), did his Masters in northeastern China in Chinese Linguistics, and has now lived in China for a total of six years. He worked as a television host/writer/director, then as a freelance host and translator, now as a full-time freelance translator, but still does hosting sometimes for fun. He says the coolest thing about living in China was having the opportunity to study xiangsheng, a form of performance based on the language and culture of China, with a famous xiangsheng master, and travel all around China performing.

 

Justin Ault, BA '94, in 2003 opened the first Hapa Izakaya on Robson Street, which has since become one of Vancouver’s most popular Japanese restaurants. Garnering many awards and critical acclaim the business has now expanded to include four restaurants in Vancouver and two in Ontario.

 

 

 

Julia Chalifoux, BA '04 Since graduating from UBC with her degree in Asian Studies in 2004, Julia Chalifoux has been working as a graphic designer in the magazine and newspaper industries. Most recently she launched her own publication BC Craft Beer News. A newsprint publication dedicated to the promotion, growth and enjoyment of craft beer and brewing culture in British Columbia. When not working, Julia enjoys yoga, running, biking, blogging and watching addictive Korean TV dramas like 'Pasta'.

 

Gordan Djurdjevic, Ph.D. ' 05, is currently teaching at the University of British Columbia and continues to research and write on the subject of comparative esotericism. His book India and the Occult: The Influence of South Asian Spirituality on Modern Western Occultism is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. He is currently engaged in a project, which concerns the translations of the Gorakh Bānī (“Sayings of Gorakhnath”), done in collaboration with Shukdev Singh, with his introduction and notes (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

 

Keiko Funahashi, BA '03, got her interdisciplinary BA with one of the concentrations being Chinese (and the other two are in Fine Arts and Applied Linguistics). She also got a Teaching English as a Second Language diploma from the Faculty of Education. After graduating from UBC she taught English and developed language programs in Japan. Later she got her MA in educational technology from Stanford University in 2009, and worked for an English language education software company in San Francisco before moving to China. She has worked for a company called EF Education First that has English schools around the world, and focused on digital classroom and independent study tools for English language education. She moved back to Vancouver in 2012 and continues to consult for the same organization.

Jan Jettel, BA '05, MBA '12. Following his graduation from UBC, Jan moved to Seoul, South Korea, and worked as a business journalist at The Korea Times and the German Chamber of Commerce. He then moved to Frankfurt, Germany to work as a management consultant at KPMG for three years, before returning to UBC in 2010 to get an MBA at the Sauder School of Business. He is currently a manager at a Chinese-Canadian mining equipment manufacturer in Vancouver, developing global business relationships. Jan considers his minor in Korean language & literature the most memorable part of his UBC education.

Jason Kato, BA '05 Asian Studies and History.  He has been actively involved in sales and business development since 2005 and currently works as a business development professional for Columbia Fuels; the pacific region brand of Parkland Industries.  Jason is responsible for managing a sales territory of small, medium and large accounts with specific focus on large supply contracts across fleet, construction, mining, forestry, marine, commercial/industrial and manufacturing sectors. His current portfolio includes Delivered, Cardlock and Mobile fuel as well as the full line of Shell Canada's Commercial and Industrial Lubricants.

 

Kyubak Lee, BA '11, was born in Korea, raised in Thailand, and moved to Vancouver for university. From this background, one can guess with relative ease why he chose Asian Area Studies as a major. He currently work as a Marketing Manager (domestic and international) for Vanwest College; an ESL school in downtown Vancouver, overseaing all marketing efforts; starting from budgeting to culturally applicable marketing campaigns. Leading a team of 7, with all members coming from different parts of the globe, he is very glad to have been able to take Asian Area studies as his major during his time at the University.

 

Patrick McCleery, BA '97,  is a business development professional that specializes in building distribution networks in Asia. He is employed with HEXONET Services Inc. (Vancouver), a leading wholesale domain name registrar with strong ties to Asia.  Patrick studied in Japan on a Monbusho (Japan Ministry of Education) scholarship. After graduating from UBC, he worked at a market research agency in Tokyo.

 

 

Moto Mukai, BA'02 (Asian Studies), is the Executive Director of MYK Enterprises, a tour company that specializes in organizing customized study tours and assisting schools in Japan and Canada with their International Education Programs.  He helps students on both sides of the Pacific gain meaningful life experiences through various exchange programs and owes much of his expert knowledge to UBC Asian Studies and his one year spent as an exchange student at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

 

Christine Park, BA '11, is currently a Program Assistant at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada – a non-profit think tank on Canada-Asia affairs. Prior to working at the Foundation, she has worked as a Border Services Officer and as a Research Analyst at the Ministry of Health Services. While at UBC, she studied International Relations and Asian Studies and was very active in student clubs. She participated in IRSA, Model NATO, Model UN, and was the Vice President of the Asian Studies Interests Association.

 

Laura Russell, BA ’09, is currently working at Ocean Productions as a Production Coordinator creating English adaptations of foreign animation projects. She works primarily with Japanese clients, guiding ‘anime’ projects through all stages of audio post-production to create English language versions for DVD and Broadcast. She also translates Japanese language media into English for various companies. While at UBC, she did a one year exchange to Ritsumeikan university in Kyoto, Japan and volunteered for the UBC exchange program Go Global in her final year.

 

Denise Wong, BA’06, is currently the Administrative Officer of D&H Group LLP Chartered Accountant. After graduation, she went back to UBC to study accounting and received her Certified General Accounting designation in 2010. She is currently studying toward her MBA and will graduate this year, 2014. She is currently part of the UBC volunteering community, volunteering for the UBC Sauder Business Club of Vancouver as their Director of Events.

 

Gary Wong, BA '03, MBA '13 is an award winning, full time Realtor for Macdonald Realty Ltd.  After graduating from UBC in 2003, he worked in various sales and operations roles at Buy&Sell, Telus, HSBC and Schneider Electric before going back to do his MBA at SFU and discovering his passion for real estate.  Gary studied multiple languages over the years, including Mandarin, Korean and Japanese and has always had a thirst for continuous learning.

 

Betty Wu, BA ’06 double major Asian Studies and Psychology. After graduation Betty began working at an intellectual property law firm doing patent administration and translation work. She developed a passion for law and subsequently went abroad to read law at the University of Nottingham, U.K. Upon completion of her law degree, she returned to Vancouver and is now working in the legal department at a medical device company.

 

 

Emily Wu, MA ’07, is currently a Program Coordinator at the UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Intercultural Communication. Her current work involves developing, delivering, and managing innovative educational programs for adult professionals.  Prior to working at UBC, she has worked as an Assistant to Consul for Cultural Affairs at Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver and a Coordinator for International Relations on the JET program. Emily is passionate about language, culture, and diversity and she attributes this to her education (Asian Studies and International Relations) and experience.  Emily has served on the board of Vancouver Mokuyokai Society and currently volunteers with Japan Fair Association of Vancouver and UBC Arts Tri-Mentorship Program.

The 2013 Asian Studies Careers Night Program

 


Shirin Eshghi, BA ’98 (Japanese and French), MLIS ’05, is the Japanese Language Librarian at UBC’s Asian Library. In addition to managing the library’s Japanese-Language resources, Shirin supports the teaching, learning and research needs of faculty and students.

Keith Fedoruk, BA ’87 (Japanese), after leaving UBC, began working at the Japanese Consulate in Vancouver. He is currently the Assistant to the Consul for Cultural Affairs.

Christina Laffin, BA ’96 (Japanese), is the Canada Research Chair in Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture. She received her MA from the University of Tokyo and her PhD from Columbia University. She currently teaches at UBC.

Gary Matson, BA’72 Asian Studies, MA’82 Modern Japanese Literature, LLB’85 is a business lawyer in Vancouver. He is fluent in Japanese. Most of his clients are Japanese. He is involved in many Japan-related societies in Vancouver.

Shirley Nakata, BA ’84 (Japanese and PoliSci), LLB ‘88 is the Ombudsperson for Students at UBC.  She has worked as a litigator in private practice, in the human rights, and professional regulatory fields before taking her current position at UBC in 2009.

 

Koichi Ronald Shimoda, BA ‘75 (Asian Area Studies) is a bilingual and multicultural executive who has extensive and in-depth experience and expertise in driving business, restructuring and start-ups in Japan and Canada.   He is currently active in Vancouver, as a financial planner, doing business expansion, investment counseling and succession planning.

 

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.

 

Richard Wong, BA ’78 (Chinese) & BSc’78, is CEO of The Richard Wong Group, and has been engaged in business and real estate investments in British Columbia, Canada, since 1971.  He was also a professional banker for 12 years.  His most recent banking position was Director of Private and International Banking, Royal Trust. He has served as Honourary Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival for the last few years.

The Annual Asian Studies Careers Night is your chance to ask questions and learn about experiences from those who have graduated in the field of Asian Studies! The event serve as a great way to get involved with the department, meet and mingle with the Alumni and fellow students, and enjoy delicious food and beverages.

Come by to our next event and learn what an Asian Studies degree has to offer, enjoy some free food, and maybe walk away with an Asian Studies sweatshirt!