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!

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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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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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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Alumni Spotlight – Alison Winters

This interview features Alison Winters, BA ’89 in China, Chinese Poetry in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.). Since then, she has started her own consulting company specializing in Event Management, Marketing, and Canada China business and relations.

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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.

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Alumni Spotlight – Jimmy Mitchell, MA ’95

This interview features Jimmy Mitchell, MA ’95. His MA is in Modern Chinese History with a thesis on the end of WWII in China. He is currently Vice President at Business Development at AdvantageBC.

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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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