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Student Spotlight with Kiran Sunar: Unlocking the Wisdom of the Past

How can we study the past in order to inform the present? Kiran Sunar, a PhD student in the Department of Asian Studies, discusses how her research on Punjabi literature responds to contemporary questions around islamophobia, homophobia, and gender-based violence. Receiving over a dozen awards and scholarships over the last four years, Sunar also shares how awards and scholarships continue to support her and her research.

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Event Recap: 2019 CHIN 233 Happy “Fun” Summer Vacation Travel Fair

On Wednesday, April 3, a mini exhibition was held for nearly 60 students taking the non-heritage-stream Chinese course CHIN 233. Through oral presentations and short videos, students promoted travel packages from their "fake" travel agencies.

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Event Recap: 2019 BC “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Speech Contest

On Saturday, March 16, more than 55 students, from 11 different universities and colleges, participated in this annual speech contest. This year, the contest challenged students to present speeches about the "fun and challenges in learning Chinese."

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Event Recap: 2019 UBC CHIN243 Documentary Festival - ​Stories About Us, By Us, For Us

On Friday, March 29, students, faculty, friends and family enjoyed the final documentaries and stories from CHIN 243 students.

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Asian Studies Student Wins NATSA Prize for Best Undergraduate Essay

BA Asian Studies student Aaron Throness wins the North American Taiwan Association prize for best undergraduate essay.

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Tadoku Club: Final Meeting of Winter 2018/19

On April 1, the Tadoku Club (the Japanese Language Programme's extensive reading club) held its final meeting of the 2018/19 term. Looking forward to seeing you all once more in September!

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Event Recap: Hong Kong Comedian Vivek Mahbubani Visits UBC

Invited by the Cantonese Language Program, Vivek Mahbubani, an award-winning Hong Kong comedian of Indian descent, has gifted UBC and the greater community with countless doses of laughter through a series of events.

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Event Recap: 2019 UBC Lantern Festival Poetry Night

This year’s event included an exciting poetry contest and splendid recitals of Chinese poems. Our top-notch contestants, carefully selected from our Chinese language courses, did not dissapoint with their beautiful performances.

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Dr. CedarBough Saeji Interviewed on Big Bang Prostitution Scandal

Asian Studies Postdoc Dr. CedarBough Saeji was interviewed by CNN on the breaking scandal of recently-resigned K-pop idol Seungri's investigation for prostitution.

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Dr. Mark Turin Receives Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Wall Scholar Research Award

As a Wall Scholar, Dr. Turin will see one book project through to completion and embark on a new one. Both of these research projects coincide with the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, a welcome declaration that brings international visibility to the precarious state of the world’s linguistic diversity.

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