Asian Studies 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Documentary

The 2010/11 academic year marked the 50th anniversary of Asian Studies’ existence as an autonomous department at UBC!

Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

The Asian Studies Distinguished Alumni speaker series kicked off with an engaging talk by Andrew Horvat on October 22nd in the Asian Center auditorium entitled “Is Japan in Permanent Decline – or Just Keeping Quiet while Doing Well?”.


This was followed by:”From “Ni hao ma?” to “Hao ji le”: a 2010 Asian Studies Odyssey”, a talk by Dora Nipp on Thursday, November 25th. We continued into the new year with a talk by Blake Bromley on “The Evolution of Charity Law in China” hosted by the Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens in February.

In April we welcomed Sajida Shroff to UBC to give a talk on “Asian Studies: Opening Doors to Contextualized Social Entrepreneurship”.
Two talks were given in November; Sheldon Pollack and Allison Busch were invited to speak to our alumni as well as several undergraduate classes.

50th Anniversary Gala

On December 3rd we hosted our Anniversary banquet at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. The champagne reception was followed by a short film documenting the history of the department and featured several alumni. Following the supper buffet an amazing performance by the UBC Persian Music Ensemble helped celebrate the launch of the Department’s new Persian Language and Iranian Studies Initiative. With over 280 Alumni, Emeriti, Students and friends of the department celebrating with us, it was truly a night to remember. We thank everyone for their continual support of the department and look forward to celebrating another milestone with all of you.

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