Annual Events

Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies

The Ahmadian family and friends have provided funding to support this series in honour of Alireza Ahmadian –a proud and devoted UBC alumnus, an enthusiastic researcher, beloved member of Canadian-Iranian Community, and a passionate supporter of the initiative to establish Persian Language and Iranian Studies at the Department of Asian Studies.

Tianzhu-Hurvitz Lecture Series

Dr. Leon Hurvitz taught at UBC’s Department of Asian Studies for almost twenty years. His fascination with medieval Japanese led him to explore Buddhism, which became his main passion, and motivated him to publish numerous monumental works over the course of his career. This lecture series is named in his honour and invites distinguished scholars around the world to share and discuss their research in honour of Dr. Hurvitz’s contributions to the field.

Asian Studies Careers Night

What kind of careers exist in Asian Studies? Annually, we invite some of our most notable alumni back to UBC. Join us for delicious free dinners, great advice from amazing alumni, and awesome Asian Studies swag!

Graduate Student Conference

Join us for an annual day of presentations by graduate students from the Asian Studies department, featuring special guest presenters unique to each year.

Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program

The Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program celebrates the rich life of Punjabi language and culture and its importance in BC, in loving memory of Harjit Kaur Sidhu (née Gill) – devoted wife, mother, and strong advocate for education, Punjabi culture and language, and women’s issues.

John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies

John Howes was a founding member of UBC’s Department of Asian Studies. In 2012, a number of UBC faculty, staff and students launched an endowment in his honour, supporting annual public lectures for topics in Japanese Studies with a focus on Humanities.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Join us to participate in fun activities that will celebrate the cultures of China and Korea! This is a joyous opportunity for Asian Studies students to demonstrate their language skills through songs, stories, talk shows and comical performances.

Yip So Man Wat Lecture in Chinese Studies

The Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lectures are made possible by the generous support of Messrs. Alex and Chi Shum Watt in honour of their mother, the late Mrs. Wat, and her passion for Chinese literature and culture.

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