News & Events

In Memoriam: John Forman Howes, 1924-2017
February 21, 2017
The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia was saddened to learn earlier this week that Dr. John Howes, Professor emeritus in the Department, had passed away over the weekend on February 4 at the age of 92. He died at peace in his sleep, surrounded by family.

Alumnus Gary Matson Receives a Certificate of Commendation for his Great Contributions Towards Canada-Japan Relations

Mr. Gary Matson, who earned both his BA (’72) and MA (’82, in Modern Japanese Literature) from UBC Asian Studies and his LLB in 1985, was honored by Consul-General Asako Okai of Japan on February 16, 2017 with a Certificate of Commendation for his “great contributions to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and […]

Summer Course Schedule Now Online

Summer courses have now been posted on the SSC. In addition to some of our most popular courses, like History of Chinese Cinema, Introduction to Japanese Cinema and Korean Popular Music in Context, we will also be offering beginner language classes for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Cantonese. For all ASIA courses, follow this link.

Professor Leo Shin Interviewed on Omni News

Professor Leo Shin was interviewed on Omni News about his new course on the history of Hong Kong and his aspirations for the new Hong Kong Studies Initiative at UBC. Watch the interview here (In Cantonese).

Dr. Christopher Rea’s Latest Book Awarded the Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Rea for being awarded the Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize (China) by the Association for Asian Studies for his latest book, The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (California, 2015). The Merlin Foundation, established by the late Audrey Sheldon, awards the prizes the English-language books that make the greatest contribution to increasing understanding […]

Dr. Edward Slingerland named a Distinguished University Scholar

Congratulations to Dr. Edward Slingerland on being named a Distinguished University Scholar! This prestigious distinction recognizes exceptional members of our faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars in research and/or teaching and learning, or who have the potential to demonstrate such leadership. The award runs for five years and is renewable for another five years. […]

Meet our Students: Peder Gedda
February 3, 2017
Ph.D. Student - Sikh History
My research is focused on translating, contextualising and analysing a series of Sikh etiquette manuals (rahitname) composed in the early 18th century in North India. I hope that my research can shed some light on this genre of literature as well as its period of composition, since both deserve more scholarly attention.

Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Peter Nosco
January 6, 2017
A new series where we ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. Our fifth interview features Dr. Peter Nosco, Professor in Japanese History and Culture. Quick Facts Dr. Peter Nosco has been teaching at UBC since 2003 Published in (co-ed. with Simone Chambers), Dissent on Core Beliefs: Religious and Secular Perspectives (Cambridge Univ. […]

Asian Studies Letterman Jackets – 2017 Spring Order
December 20, 2016
Back by popular demand, the Department of Asian Studies will be doing another limited run of our Asian Studies Letterman jackets (last ordered in 2014)! As we will only be ordering 50, pre-order a jacket today to make sure that you get one. Also, with pre-order, you can get your name or a message custom […]

Screening of Yellowing 亂世備忘 (2016)
December 7, 2016
Some 250 campus and community members showed up on the rainy evening of November 22 at the Frederic Wood Theatre for a screening of Yellowing, a mesmerizing documentary about the 2014 Umbrella Movement of Hong Kong.