Our commitment to outstanding education, research and outreach wouldn’t be possible without the support of our alumni, friends and partners.

At UBC and in the Department of Asian Studies, we generate ideas that improve and inspire. You can have a lasting impact on generations of students and scholars through your involvement and investment.

Featured Projects you can support

Hong Kong Studies Initiative

The Hong Kong Studies Initiative (HKSI) is devoted to the teaching and research of Hong Kong both as an extraordinary Chinese city and as an international and transnational hub. Our aim is to spread knowledge about the past and present of Hong Kong by fostering academic research and connecting the world of academia with the community.

The Hong Kong Studies Initiative Program Fund

The HKSI Program Fund was established to support the following programming priorities:

  • Course development and teaching initiatives
  • Academic lectures, conferences and workshops
  • Community outreach and events

Initiative in Persian Language and Iranian Studies

The Persian language has been a medium for literary and scientific contributions in Western, Central and Southern Asia for over a millennium. With over 62 million speakers, Persian is among the world’s 20 most widely spoken languages.

Building on existing strengths in South Asian Studies at UBC — and recognizing that the geographical proximity of the Persianate world to India has resulted in a rich cultural and literary history — the Department of Asian Studies plans to build a Persian language program that will serve as the anchor for additional growth in teaching and research in Persian and Iranian Studies. With your support, we can create the following:

  • A Persian Language Program that includes courses in Persian culture and Iranian cinema.
  • A Chair in Persian Language and Literary Culture to focus on the historical depth and geographical breadth of the Persianate world.

Cantonese Language Program

UBC’s Department of Asian Studies is thrilled to offer the only university-level, for-credit, comprehensive Cantonese language program in Canada. The Cantonese language program has a range of courses available for all levels including courses to engage Mandarin-Speakers, heritage learners and those who want to learn basic Cantonese.

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