The Alumni Spotlight is an interview series where we interview Asia Studies alumni about their career paths, how they became interested in Asian Studies and for any advice that would be useful to our students. This interview features Nick Stember, MA '16, who works as a freelance Chinese to English translator in Vancouver, BC.
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.
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.
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.
Basil Tonks, MA '92, has been involved in the education publishing industry in Japan for the past 20 years as the Vice-President at Educational Venture Corporation. He currently resides in Yokohama, Japan.