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The 29th Annual BC Japanese Speech Contest
March 20, 2017
Nineteen students from UBC were selected as the finalists to participate in the 29th Annual BC Japanese Speech Contest held at Asian Centre on March 4th. Our contestants were: Kristine Hui, Mason Leung, Clover Nyi, Kevin Chou, Jack Hwang, Sheryn Liao, Rachel Marchand, Jana Salameh, Liping Zhang, Lois Zhang, Duston Baranow-Watts, Cynthia Carty, Conan Chu, […]
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BC “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Speech Contest UBC Results
March 17, 2017
On Saturday March 11, 2017, the BC “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Speech Contest for University Students was held at BCIT. The topic of this Speech Contest was “Me and China” where students talked about their individual stories with China, their experience learning Chinese, and their passion for Chinese culture.
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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Dr. Thomas Hunter

A new series where we ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. This interview features Dr. Thomas Hunter, Professor in Sanskrit and South-Southeast Asian Studies.
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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Francesca Harlow
March 3, 2017
A new series where we ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. This interview features Francesca Harlow, Professor in Social and Economic History of Early Modern India.
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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.
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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 […]
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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.
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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).
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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 […]
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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. […]
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