The Department of Asian Studies is delighted to invite you to our annual Careers Night! Navigating life after graduation can be hard, so each year we bring in alumni with diverse experiences – at home and in Asia – to inform and inspire current students. This event will feature a panel, round robin networking session, raffle prizes, and a delicious free dinner. Careers Night is the perfect opportunity to make connections, meet fellow Asian Studies students, and feel more confident in taking the next steps on your career path.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2018
Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Free – Online registration required.
This event is co-organized by the Department of Asian Studies and the Faculty of Arts.
6:15 pm – Panel
Our panelists comprise a diverse group of Asian Studies alumni who have had successful careers in the Canada-Asia interface.
**Panelists are TBA. Check back here for more updates closer to the event**
7:15 – Networking Round Tables: 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”.
Lyndsay Bocchinfuso, BA ’16 – Administrative Support – UBC Department of Asian Studies
After completing her first degree in criminology, Lyndsay taught English in Japan for five years. She taught elementary and junior high school students while honing her own skills in Japanese. Her interest in studying Japanese language and culture led her to enroll at UBC for a degree in Asian Studies, which she received in 2016. During this time, Lyndsay entered the Work Learn program in the department and eventually was hired full time to the administrative staff. She now hires and supervises current Work Learn students. Lyndsay is a great alumni to explore opportunities within the department or university setting, but also travelling abroad and teaching.
Ellie Cho, BA ’16 – CG Artist
Ellie Cho graduated from UBC with honours in Asian Languages and Cultures (Mandarin) and minor in English (literature). She found her passion in learning the language in Taiwan through scholarships and went back again through Go Global. During her time at UBC, she also studied and worked under Dr. Ross King, as well as studying translation in Korean. After graduating, she found a position in a credit union, but she left in order to pursue a more creative career. After further schooling, Ellie is now in the visual effects industry as a CG artist and has worked on games and films in companies like Electronic Arts and MPC.
Nathan (Kuang-Chi) Hwang, BA ’12 – Business Development Coordinator at Sojitz Canada Corporation
Nathan was born in Taiwan but grew up in Japan (Tokyo), US (San Diego) and Canada (Coquitlam). Nathan is a tri-lingual speaker in English, Japanese and Mandarin. He also went on an exchange program (Go Global) to Osaka University in 2010-2011. Upon graduating in 2012, he joined Sojitz Canada Corporation which is a Japanese Trading Company, as a Sales Assistant in commodity export and now works as a Business Development Coordinator in the same company. Prior to graduating, his work experience included being a Program Assistant at the Centre for Japanese Research at UBC, a Camera Assistant with NHK during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and as a freelance translator.
Tarni Kaur BA ’16 – Education Faculty Student at UBC
Tarni graduated with BA Psychology Major and Asian Studies Minor in 2016. She has experience as a therapist for students with behavioural needs and working as an ABA Support worker for the Surrey Schools Districts. Tarni can speak to her experiences connecting with families from South Asian backgrounds in her career field.
Azalea Lee, BA ’16 – Graduate Student in Asian Studies MA Program
Azalea is currently a third year MA student in Korean Studies. She graduated in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and Asian Language and Culture specializing in Korean. Her research currently revolves around the intersection of language, ideology, and gender and how it manifests in premodern Korean fiction.
Richard N. Liu, BA ’93 – Board of Director at the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration
Richard N. 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. Since returning to Canada in 2014, Richard now sits on various boards; and advises companies and organizations on a variety of sectors pertaining to Asia.
Christine Park, BA ’11 – Freelance Producer
While studying Asian Studies and International Relations, Christine worked as a Border Services Officer for CBSA and as a Research Analyst at the Ministry of Health. She went on exchange to Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea and knew she wanted to live abroad again. Upon graduating, she worked at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a think tank on Canada-Asia policy. She then moved to London, UK where she worked at the European Commission and then made a career transition into TV. There she held positions at National Geographic channel and production companies before moving back to Vancouver in December 2017. She now develops factual, documentary, and lifestyle television and hopes to tell more diverse stories.
Melody Pan, BA ’14 – Technical Coordinator at Waterproof Studios & Freelance Translator
Melody entered UBC in hopes of studying Japanese for her very first time and graduated with a ASLC (Japan) degree. Since then, she has applied her Japanese skills to work for a variety of companies in various different fields, including Bandai Namco (video Games), Waterproof Studios (CG Studio), and Yen Press (Manga Publisher). She currently works full time as a Technical Coordinator at Waterproof Studios. Although she entered the company as a Translator, she eventually became a Production Coordinator, and then transitioned into her current position, where she is pursuing her interest in IT. She also continues to keep her Japanese skills fresh by translating manga and games on a freelance basis. Melody credits her success in the real world to her cross-cultural communication skills gained via her year-long exchange to Japan (Go Global), as well as involvement on campus during her academic career at UBC.
Steve Rai, BA ’92 – Deputy Chief Constable-Vancouver Police Department
Deputy Chief Constable Steve Rai has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1990. He is now the Vancouver Police Department’s senior Deputy Chief overseeing the Support Services Division of his organization. In his 29 years of service, Deputy Chief Rai has completed a variety of assignments including, hostage negotiator, public order commander, district commander and many others. Because of the many different roles available in law enforcement, Deputy Chief Rai always likes to share that, within policing, he’s had a new career every three years.
Tinnie Shackle, BA ’99 – Digital and Social Media Story Telling Strategist
After graduating from UBC, Tinnie Shackle worked for CBC Vancouver and hosted a show called Lotusland. She then moved to Hong Kong worked for CNN as a presenter and producer for CNN’s ebizAsia, RTHK, and ATV in Hong Kong whilst writing a column called CitySeen for South China Morning Post in 2002 at the height of the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong. She ran MTV channels for Chinese and Korean pop culture MTV Chi and MTVK for MTV World, which was one of the first channels to popularize K-Pop. She then moved to China to be head of programming for MTV China. After starting a family, Shackle moved to London in 2014 and worked for Facebook and Instagram and then worked as a digital and social media marketing specialist in Dubai for the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. She is now back in Vancouver and running a digital and social media story telling consultancy.
**Stay tuned! Alumni bios will added as they are confirmed.**