News

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 […]

READ MORE >>


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. […]

READ MORE >>


Peder Gedda

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.

READ MORE >>


Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Peter Nosco

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. […]

READ MORE >>


Asian Studies Letterman Jackets – 2018 Spring Order

Back by popular demand, the Department of Asian Studies will be doing another limited run of our Asian Studies Letterman jackets! To keep cost affordable, we will need to do a minimum purchase of 20 jackets.  Use the order form below to express your interest and once enough people have “pre-ordered”, we will contact you […]

READ MORE >>


Screening of Yellowing 亂世備忘 (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.

READ MORE >>


2016 BC “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Singing Contest UBC Results

On Saturday November 19, 2016, the BC “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Singing Contest for University Students was held at UBC. About 60 students from eight post-secondary institutions over BC participated in the contest. Out of the 18 prizes in total, UBC students won 9 of them. Congratulations to all the prize winners and every UBC student […]

READ MORE >>


Alumni Spotlight – Nick Angiers, BA ’08

This interview features Nick Angiers, BA '08 in Chinese language. He is currently an advisor at a private high school, for students from China and Taiwan.

READ MORE >>


In the News: Chris Rea Interviewed by The New York Times, “Finding a Rich Vein of Humor in China’s Past”

In an interview, Mr. Rea discussed cursing as a spectator sport, the invention of humor and his debt to Monty Python.

READ MORE >>


In the News: Qian Wang Quoted in Macleans’ Article “Canadian students need to go to China, but they need some help”

New scholarships and programs are working to bridge the east-west gap between Canada and China that could define the coming decades.

READ MORE >>