UBC Asian Studies Stories

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 MA Student: Sukhwinder Gill

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 Ph.D. Student: Julie Vig

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

Interested in pursuing an MA or PhD in Asian Studies? In this interview series, we ask our graduate students about their research, their experience in our program and their future academic and professional goals. This interview features PhD student Ajay Bhardwaj. Scott’s research focuses on Punjabi Literature and Religion.

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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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Casey Collins

Ph.D. Student - Modern Japanese & Korean Religion
I mainly study Japanese and Korean religions that emerged within the last one-hundred years or so, including modern Buddhist institutions.

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Meet our Students: Scott Wells

Ph.D. Student - Korean Linguistics
"Imagine studying the transition in England from a traditional education in Latin and Greek to a modern education in English. I study a similar transition but in early twentieth century Korea, as Koreans developed a modern educational system that pushed Literary Chinese to the margins of their teaching and centered vernacular Korean as the primary medium of instruction."

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Meet our Students: Minami Orihara

This interview features PhD student Minami Orihara. Minami's research focuses on Japanese Social History. 

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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Dr. Thomas Hunter

A new series where we ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. This interview features Dr. Thomas Hunter, Professor in Sanskrit and South-Southeast Asian Studies.

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Asian Studies Faculty Spotlight Interview: Francesca Harlow

A new series where we ask our instructors about their early lives, career development and proudest accomplishments. This interview features Francesca Harlow, Professor in Social and Economic History of Early Modern India.

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