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New Translation by Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk: The Book of Swindles

Our departments’ very own Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk have translated The Book of Swindles, a chronicle of scams and deception from Ming China. These stories of fortunes made and lost, of cunning crooks and unsolved crimes make us ask: was swindling so widespread in 1600s China? What caused the profound social changes and moral anxiety at the […]

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MA student Chen Xin featured in interview on the literary genre of “Boys’ Love” in China

UBC student Chen Xin, who did her MA dissertation on Chinese incarnations of Boys’ Love, discusses the power of slash fiction, gay male eroticism, and what the phenomenon means for notions of gender and sexuality in China.

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Dr. Christina Laffin invited to join the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Laffin on her invitation from the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists!

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Dr. Joshua Mostow awarded a Foreign Minister’s Commendation

Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Mostow who received a 2017 Foreign Minister’s Commendations. The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields.

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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Christina Laffin

We ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. This interview features Dr. Christina Laffin, Associate Professor in Classical Japanese Studies. 

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Enacting Culture/s: Theatre and film across disciplines

2016 Wall Scholars Hallie Marshall and Anne Murphy have devised a unique collaboration that uses theatre and film to break down the silos between departments and provide cross cultural opportunities for their students.

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Interview with Scott Wells

Ph.D. Student - Korean Linguistics
"Imagine studying the transition in England from a traditional education in Latin and Greek to a modern education in English. I study a similar transition but in early twentieth century Korea, as Koreans developed a modern educational system that pushed Literary Chinese to the margins of their teaching and centered vernacular Korean as the primary medium of instruction."

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Minami Orihara

Ph.D. Student - Japanese Intellectual History
My dissertation involves an examination on the evolution of trust and cooperation in Tokugawa Japan. It is often suggested in historical literature that Japanese people hold harmony and group conformity in high regard; I use what I call Bonds of Trust (tanomi shōmon), Tokugawa-period agreements, to study the mechanisms and guiding principles that buttress social cohesion.

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Lighting the Way: Interview with Tom Hunter for the Colloquium

"One inspiring individual that has devoted his life and time into creating a space for art in our society is Dr. Tom Hunter who is nearly seventy years old and a Lecturer at UBC in Arts and Asian Studies." - The Colloquium

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In Vancouver’s ‘Cantosphere’, a sense of responsibility and an identity under siege: Leo Shin interviewed by South China Morning Post

Artists and academics in Vancouver are carving out a space to examine both the fate of Hong Kong and the diaspora identity

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