2013 Asian Studies Careers Night

2013 Careers Night

The Annual Asian Studies Careers Night is your chance to ask questions and learn about experiences from those who have graduated in the field of Asian Studies! The event serve as a great way to get involved with the department, meet and mingle with the Alumni and fellow students, and enjoy delicious food and beverages.

Come by to our next event and learn what an Asian Studies degree has to offer, enjoy some free food, and maybe walk away with an Asian Studies sweatshirt!

Shirin Eshghi, BA ’98 (Japanese and French), MLIS ’05, is the Japanese Language Librarian at UBC’s Asian Library. In addition to managing the library’s Japanese-Language resources, Shirin supports the teaching, learning and research needs of faculty and students.

Keith Fedoruk, BA ’87 (Japanese), after leaving UBC, began working at the Japanese Consulate in Vancouver. He is currently the Assistant to the Consul for Cultural Affairs.

Christina Laffin, BA ’96 (Japanese), is the Canada Research Chair in Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture. She received her MA from the University of Tokyo and her PhD from Columbia University. She currently teaches at UBC.

Gary Matson, BA’72 Asian Studies, MA’82 Modern Japanese Literature, LLB’85 is a business lawyer in Vancouver. He is fluent in Japanese. Most of his clients are Japanese. He is involved in many Japan-related societies in Vancouver.

Shirley Nakata, BA ’84 (Japanese and PoliSci), LLB ‘88 is the Ombudsperson for Students at UBC.  She has worked as a litigator in private practice, in the human rights, and professional regulatory fields before taking her current position at UBC in 2009.


Koichi Ronald Shimoda, BA ‘75 (Asian Area Studies) is a bilingual and multicultural executive who has extensive and in-depth experience and expertise in driving business, restructuring and start-ups in Japan and Canada.   He is currently active in Vancouver, as a financial planner, doing business expansion, investment counseling and succession planning.


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.


Richard Wong, BA ’78 (Chinese) & BSc’78, is CEO of The Richard Wong Group, and has been engaged in business and real estate investments in British Columbia, Canada, since 1971.  He was also a professional banker for 12 years.  His most recent banking position was Director of Private and International Banking, Royal Trust. He has served as Honourary Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival for the last few years.