2017 Asian Studies Annual Careers Night

The Department of Asian Studies is pleased to invite you to our Annual Asian Studies Careers Night on Wednesday, February 15th. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain advice and network with people who have found exciting careers after an Asian Studies degree. We will be inviting alumni with diverse experiences – at home and in Asia – to come share their inspiring stories with you. Please do not miss this event!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
6:00 PM
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall
Free – Registration required


Event Program

Please keep checking back here for further developments.

6:00pm – Welcome

6:15pm – Keynote: Diplomacy from the Ground Up

Speaker: Joseph Caron, Previous Canadian Ambassador to China, Japan and India

Between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Caron served as Canada’s Ambassador to China, with concurrent accreditation to North Korea and Mongolia. From 2005 to 2008, he was Canada’s Ambassador to Japan. In 2008, Mr. Caron was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Meiji Gakuin University. From August 2008 to June 2010, Mr. Caron was High Commissioner to the Republic of India, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan. Mr. Caron retired from government in June, 2010.

Read Ambassador Caron’s full biography here

6:30pm – Panel: Living & Working in Asia: How is it Done?

Our panelists comprise a diverse group of Asian Studies alumni who have had successful careers in Asia. They will discuss how they first started working abroad, what it was like to live and work in Asia and the skills that will help students find opportunities outside of Canada or in Canada-Asia relations.

Moderator: Richard N. Liu, BA ’93, Founder of Canadian Alumni Network
Richard Liu explored China as a student attending Peking University that led to a rich 20-plus year career at the Canadian Embassy, the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, and Western Academy of Beijing, in areas of diplomacy, public relations, major events organization and education. As a leader in the development of a wide variety of volunteer projects in China, Richard started the influential “Canadians in China” network; founded the rapidly growing Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) that brings together thousands of alumni currently in China who attended Canada’s post-secondary institutions; and was one of the original founding committee members to start the very first Terry Fox Run for Beijing in 1999.

Find Richard N.Liu on LinkedIn

Panelist: Reid Hamilton, BA ’93, Asia Pacific Head of Solution Sales, Global Transaction Banking Group
After graduating with a BA in Asian Studies in 1993, Reid spent the next five years living in Hong Kong working as an executive recruiter focusing on banking and finance. He earned his MBA in Finance from NYU in 2001. Following this, Reid spent the next 15 years in various foreign exchange and interest rate risk management roles in New York and Hong Kong. In 2015 Reid returned to Vancouver and is currently with HSBC’s commercial banking group.

Find Reid Hamilton on LinkedIn

Panelist: Alison Winters, BA ’86, Principal at Alison Winters Communications
Alison Winters received her B. A. in 1986 and an M. A. in 1989 in Chinese Literature at UBC.  From 1989 to 1994, at SFU, she worked at the David Lam Centre for International Communication and also taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advance Cantonese courses. Alison served as the Director of Canada China Business Council from February 1994 to July 2014. She has established her own consulting company since Aug 1, 2014 specializing on event management, China Briefing, and Canada China business. She has over twenty years of experience of serving and helping Canadian and Chinese companies understand how to interact with one another as well as further develop and advance bi-lateral business opportunities. Alison is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Find Alison Winters on LinkedIn

7:00pm – Dinner: Persian Cuisine

7:15pm – Networking: Ask me Anything

Students will break into groups and rotate among the alumni. Ask our alumni how they got their first jobs after graduating and how they have navigated through the “real world”.

Kayla Black, BA ‘ 14 – Program Coordinator at First Steps Canada
I returned from studying in Korea in 2014 to graduate from UBC. I initially worked as an English teacher in Vancouver before joining First Steps Health Society, a local charity that works to prevent child malnutrition in North Korea. I feel very fortunate to be able to use my Korean-language skills while living and working in beautiful Vancouver. I continue to enjoy developing my Korean both at work and through private studies– North Korean is its own adventure as well!

Gabriela Chen, BA ’15 – Sales Associate at Nishimoto Trading Co.
Gabriela is currently working in the Vancouver branch for the international import/export company Wismettac Asian Foods Inc (also known as Nishimoto Trading Ltd., Co.). She works closely with the Vancouver dining/ retail food industry and global procurement operation to import and distribute ingredients in Vancouver from overseas.

Chris Heine, BA ’10 – Manager Market Development, South Korea, Trade & Invest BC
With his interest in East Asia relations and Economics while at UBC, Chris set his career sights on a path in the public service assisting local companies to do business in Asia. His part-time job as a student evolved into a unique entry point into the BC government and an opportunity with the Ministry of International Trade in 2012. Now as Manager for Korea, he works in partnership with stakeholders across governments and industries, and leads a team of trade and investment representatives in Seoul, to help facilitate trade and investment between British Columbia and South Korea.

Ning Huang, BA ’12 – Job Developer at Neil Squire Society
I am currently an Employment Counsellor / Job Developer at Richmond Youth Service Agency. This job is the perfect combination of my passion for helping others, my edu backgound, and my analytical and extrovertive personality. I am grateful to be the first student in our SFU Career Development Practitioner program to land a full-time job. I teach classes, coach career related topics and connect with employers daily; and I love it.

Maria Kim, BA ’10 – Lead, Privacy and Governance at Population Data BC
After graduating from Allard School of Law at UBC, Maria practiced law at a downtown law firm for several years and is currently working as Lead, Privacy and Governance at Population Data BC (UBC), responsible for managing privacy policies and various legal agreements relating to privacy and data security. In addition to other professional involvements, Maria is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) BC, working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.

Justin Ohata, BA ’10, Marketing and Communications Specialist at UBC
After graduating in 2010, I spent 2 years working as a marketing and content strategist for ChinesePod in Shanghai, before moving to Tokyo to work as a video marketing specialist for the travel company, Travelience. The language and cultural skills developed via UBC’s Asian Studies program were invaluable in both landing these positions and guiding my career onto its current trajectory. Currently, I’m working at UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, developing and coordinating visual communications content for both internal and public audiences. It is an extremely creative and rewarding job, and ties in closely with my experiences abroad.

Melody Pan, BA ’14 – Coordinator / Translator at Waterproof Studios
Since graduating in 2014, Melody has gone from translating video games for Bandai Namco to coordinating CG productions with Waterproof Studios. She attributes her success in transitioning to a different industry to her knowledge of Japanese.

Aaron Posehn, BA ’10 – Senior Program Assistant at the Liu Institute for Global Issues
Since graduating in 2010, Aaron Posehn has worked primarily at the University of British Columbia, as well as for a stint in Taipei as an academic editor. He currently works at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues as a Senior Program Assistant, but also plans to begin an online Master of Public Administration degree in Fall 2017.

Kam Tsang, MA ’87 – Pre Planning Director Arbor Memorial
After my graduation from UBC Asian Studies, I have worked as an interpreter/translator for the RCMP, language instructor/Cantonese Program Coordinator at UBC, education program coordinator with Vancouver School Board and started my own language business. In the past 10 years, I taught Mandarin in the United States and in the Middle East. Currently I am working as the Family Service Director at Arbor Memorial Gardens, helping families to pre-plan as well as making wise investment for the future.

Taylor Sadler, BA ’15 – Cultural Ambassador Intern at Labo Exchange Foundation (2016)
After graduation, Taylor left to live and work with kids in Japan. She has now come back to Canada to work on getting her teaching degree, with which she hopes to blend her experience with foreign school systems and children’s culture to make a career as a fun and open-minded educator. In the meantime, Taylor has been volunteering at local schools, using the insight and knowledge she gained at UBC to support and mentor the next generation.

Jennifer Ward, BA ’12 – Freelance Translator (Japanese to English)
After graduating in 2012 with a double major in Asian Studies and English, Jennifer spent one year as a CIR in the Jet Programme before starting a career in freelance translation. She has translated over twenty manga series and two light novel series for Yen Press, Kodansha, and other publishers.