Jinhua Chen Inducted into Royal Society of Canada

On December 2, scholars from across the university, as well as members of the community beyond UBC, gathered online to celebrate Dr. Jinhua Chen’s election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

First established in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada recognizes Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field.

Asian Studies Department Head, Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh, officially welcomed everyone, before keynote remarks were made by UBC’s Dean (Faculty of Arts), Dr. Gage Averill, and Asian Studies faculty members Dr. Joshua Mostow, Dr. Ross King and Dr. Christina Laffin, all of whom highlighted Jinhua’s tremendous tenacity and dedication to his work over the years.

Over 30 congratulatory videos and letters were sent by Jinhua’s colleagues, friends and mentors worldwide; these were edited into a brief video, which, along with the full individual videos and letters, can all be viewed below.

Congratulations again Jinhua, and thank you to everyone who helped organise the event or contributed a message!

Watch the edited video of congratulatory remarks here. The full recording of the event can be viewed here.

Letters of congratulations:

Full-length congratulatory videos: