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Alumni Spotlight – Nick Stember, MA ’16

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.

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Go Global Interview – First Week in Kyoto, Japan with Chriss Goeb

Currently on exchange to Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, Chriss Goeb, a 3rd year Asian Studies major (Japanese), has agreed to share his experience as it unfolds. This is part one, of a three-part interview, chronicling his exchange abroad. The first interview will be conducted after his first week in Japan, the second, halfway through his exchange and the third, one week before he returns.

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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Don Baker

The Asian studies Faculty Spotlight is a new series where we ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. Our first interview features Dr. Donald Baker.

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New Books! Chinese History and Culture Volumes 1 & 2 with the Editorial Assistance of Josephine Chiu-Duke and Michael S. Duke

Now available through Columbia University Press.

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Dr. Jinhua Chen receives $2.5 million in SSHRC Partnership and Insight Grants

This SSHRC-sponsored project brings together 45 scholars from 25 institutions across the world.

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Taylor Sadler

Alumni Spotlight – Taylor Sadler, BA ’15

Taylor Sadler, BA ‘15, worked as a Cultural Ambassador for the Labo International Exchange Foundation in Japan after graduating. Her job involved going to different community groups and giving children a chance to interact with a foreigner, learn about a foreign culture, and practice their English.

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Meet our Students – Douglas Ober, Ph.D. Student, Modern Indian Buddhism

My dissertation rests at the intersection of South Asian history and Buddhist studies. Put simply, the conventional view in academia (and beyond) is that sometime between the 12th – 15th century, Buddhism “died” or “disappeared” from India before being “reborn” in 1956 when the Indian constitutionalist, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, converted to Buddhism along with half a million of his Dalit (“Untouchable”) followers.

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CUHK Cantonese Exchange

The new UBC Cantonese program taught its first Summer Term CNTO 301/303 Basic Cantonese courses from this past June through August. On June 8th, 12 exchange students from Shaw College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) visited the UBC Cantonese class and joined in a demonstration of an ultrasound experiment on teaching Cantonese headed by researcher Dr. Heather Bliss.

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Creative Student Projects for ASIA 347, Fall 2015

ASIA 347 is a survey course in traditional Korean literature. Although the assigned readings date as far back as 1500 years ago, they live on in the Korean cultural memory, and specifically through the broad stream of Korean oral literature, performance aspects of which can be seen even today in Hallyu, the wave of Korean […]

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Meet the New Instructor for ASIA 301: Buddhism in the Modern Era

Arriving from UC Berkeley, Dr. Kaiqi Hua will be teaching ASIA 301: Buddhism in the Modern Era in Term 1 as one of our new Postdocs specializing in Buddhist studies.

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