John Tak, BA’82 (Asian Studies) is Vice President of International Business for the Factors Group of Nutritional Companies Inc., Canada’s largest manufacturer of nutraceutical products. John also worked as Director of Asian Business Development for Magna International Inc., Canada’s largest auto parts manufacturer. John speaks and reads Japanese, having worked in Japan for eight years.
Melody Pan completed her BA with honors in Asian Studies in 2014. She most recently worked for Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver (the same company responsible for Katamari Damacy) and is currently searching for new opportunities in Japanese translation. We interviewed her in order to share her experience and lessons.
Every Update we take an Asian Studies Alumnus from our Asian Studies LinkedIn Group and interview them on their paths after graduation. This issue we catch up with Jeremy David Thompson. He's currently the lead user experience designer at EA, where he's worked since 2011.
Michael Zipursky, BA '04, graduated in Asian Area Studies and has lived and studied in Japan. He currently lives in Vancouver where he has established two successful online businesses, FreshGigs.ca and ConsultingSuccess.com.
Franklin Rausch, Ph.D. '11 is currently an assistant professor at Lander University (Greenwood, South Carolina). As part of the History and Philosophy Department, he teaches core history classes, general-education world history classes, and upper level classes in Asian history.
Max Gruber graduated from our honours program in 2011 with a focus on China and Mandarin. He has spent a significant period of time living, studying, and working in China and currently works in Washington D.C. as an All-Source Analyst for BAE Systems focusing on national security issues for a government customer.
Oleg Benesch graduated from our Ph.D. program and is currently an assistant professor at the University of York in the UK. His main project since leaving UBC has been his recently completed book, Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan, which is due out from Oxford University Press September, 2014.
Moto Mukai, BA'03, works in the field of tour operation, translation, and international education specific to the Japanese market. He currently runs MYK Enterprises, an inbound and outbound tour company that specializes in organizing various student programs such as school exchanges and customized study tours for both the Japanese and Canadian markets.