UBC Asian Studies Stories

Episode 3: Lecturer of the Year, Misuzu Kazama

In our third episode of our UBC Asian Studies Stories series, Lecturer Misuzu Kazama shares her hopes for what students can gain through the study of Japanese and advice for those hoping to learn the language.

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Episode 2: Lecturer of the Year, Xueshun Liu

In our second episode of our UBC Asian Studies Stories series, Dr. Xueshun Liu shares his hopes for what students can gain through the study of Chinese and advice for those hoping to learn the language.

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Episode 1: Faculty Spotlight with Leo Shin

At the helm of the Hong Kong Studies Initiative, Shin has been engaging the broader community on and off campus while also encouraging the telling of the story of Hong Kong from both local and global perspectives.

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Meet our Students: Kyrie Vermette

This interview features Kyrie Vermette, a PhD student studying Korean history researching the interactions between Korean women and foreign women living in Korea during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Meet our Students: Ranbir Johal

This interview features Ranbir Johal, a Ph.D Student specializing in Punjabi literature with a focus on the contribution of women in the field of Punjabi theatre

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Meet our Students: Cyrus Qiu

This interview features Cyrus Qiu, a Ph.D. student studying Japanese popular culture and modern literature

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Meet our Students: Sukhwinder Gill (MA Student)

MA Student - Punjabi Studies "It is important to explore this topic because they lays close to the hearts of the Sikhs and because the Varran have been called the key to the treasure chest (The main scripture of the Sikhs, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji). If this title holds true, then the Varran serve a far greater purpose than simply being poetry."

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Meet our Students: Julie Vig (Ph.D. Student)

This interview features Julie Vig who will be teaching Sikh Studies as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto this upcoming September.

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Meet our Students: Ajay Bhardwaj

Ph.D Student Punjabi Literature and Religion
My research in both filmic and textual form will expand on this prior work as I explore the impact of Indian’s partition in 1947 on the language of subaltern resistance, performance tradition and social identity in post partition East Punjab. It interrogates the privileging of religion over caste in scholarly discourse, and foregrounds the voice of Dalit assertion for an independent identity that speaks through the tradition of Dalit Sufis in East Punjab.  My research offers an exciting possibility where an art practice engages with academic scholarship on an equal footing.

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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Christina Laffin

We ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. This interview features Dr. Christina Laffin, Associate Professor in Classical Japanese Studies. 

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