Alumni Spotlight

If you are an Asian Studies alumn and are interested in sharing your own story, we welcome you to fill in our new Asian Studies Alumni Spotlight Interview form!

Asian Studies Alumni Spotlight Featuring Chandima Silva

This interview features Chandima Silva (UBC Asian Studies BA 2018). Chandima is currently the Director of Arts and Culture on the Asia Pacific Youth Council for 2019-20.

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Asian Studies Alumni Spotlight – Paul R Kim

This interview features Paul Kim (BA '14), a Freelance Columnist, Interpreter and Translator currently based in Vancouver, BC.

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Alumni Spotlight – Jan Jettel

This interview features Jan Jettel, BA ’05, who majored in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Korean. He currently works in San Francisco and is Senior Vice President of National Accounts at Speakeasy Inc.

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Alumni Spotlight – Michelle Kim

This interview features Michelle Kim, BA' 02. Kim focused her studies on Korean language, cinema, and literature and now owns her own multimedia company, Hapaness Media. Kim is a writer, producer, actor, and director.

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Alumni Spotlight – Michael Zipursky

This interview features Michael Zipursky, BA'04. He currently is the CEO of ConsultingSuccess.com, an international company that supports businesses in marketing, service offerings, messaging and scaling their consulting businesses. Zipursky has advised organizations like Financial Times, Dow Jones, RBC, Omron, Sumitomo and helped Panasonic launch new products into global markets

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Alumni Spotlight – Jennifer Ward

This interview features Jennifer Ward, BA ’12. For five years, Jennifer has worked from home, self-employed, as a freelance translator. She is currently translating three light novel series and has worked on dozens of manga for Yen Press, Seven Seas, Kodansha, and other publishers. She considers herself a professional otaku.

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Asian Studies Alumni Spotlight – Ciaran Dudley

This interview features Ciaran Dudley, BA '11. Mr. Dudley currently works in Vancouver as an Information and Culture Officer at the Consulate General of Japan.

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Asian Studies Alumni Spotlight – Laura Sparks

This interview features Laura Sparks, BA ’09. Ms. Sparks currently works in Bogotá, Colombia as a Foreign Service Officer at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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Alumni Spotlight – Drew Wallin

This interview features Drew Wallin, BA '11. Mr. Wallin is currently a Program Manager at Google. 

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Alumni Spotlight – James Mutter

This interview features James Mutter, BA '05 in Japanese Language and International Relations. Mr. Mutter is currently Vice-Consul at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong.

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