Exhibition: Knowing 360 Jobs in Old China from Cigarette Cards

Exhibition: Knowing 360 Jobs in Old China from Cigarette Cards

Come check out the new exhibition “Knowing 360 Jobs in Old China from Cigarette Cards” (从烟画看旧中国的三百六十行) on the upper floor of the Asian Library from January 6 to April 5, 2014. Cigarette cards, also known as cigarette picture chips, first appeared in 1875 in North Carolina.  They were attached to cigarette packs or boxes as […]

Tsugaru Shamisen workshop with Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Nov 12)

Tsugaru Shamisen workshop with Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Nov 12)

UBC Asian Library, Asian Studies Department and Mokuyokai co-present a Shamisen workshop with renowned Tsugaru Shamisen artist Hiroshi Yamaguchi, which will be held Tuesday November 12, 6:30pm at the Asian Centre Auditorium in UBC (1871 West Mall, Vancouver). Hiroshi Yamaguchi, one of Japan’s top young Tsugaru Shamisen performers, is visiting Vancouver for the cross-cultural collaborative […]

Celebrating Hindi Literature – a book display

Celebrating Hindi Literature – a book display

UBC Library’s Asian Library is pleased to bring you a book display “Celebrating Hindi Literature” featuring Madhu Varshney and other popular Hindi poets. It is located on the Asian Library upper floor and the Asian Centre foyer from October 30 through November 12,  2013. Madhu Varshney was born August 1945 in Sarai Tarin (U.P.) Dist., […]

Memory of Korean War Performing by Ilsoo Kyung – An New Exhibit

Memory of Korean War Performing by Ilsoo Kyung – An New Exhibit

Come and visit Asian Library’s new exhibit Memory of Korean War Performing by Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin in the Asian Centre foyer from September 23 until January 31, 2014. Born in Korea, Ilsoo shares some of her memories of the Korean War in this exhibition. As a child living on a farm, Ilsoo and her family […]

Father and the Republic – Pai Hsien-yung lecture & book display

Father and the Republic – Pai Hsien-yung lecture & book display

Pai Hsien-yung (白先勇), one of the most important modern Chinese fiction writers, will be visiting Vancouver next week and giving lecture on his book Father and the Republic (父親與民國) at this year’s Yip So Man Wat memorial Lecture hosted by the Department of Asian Studies. Father and the Republic is a photobiography devoted to the […]

Our Truth – Reconciliation at Asian Library

Our Truth – Reconciliation at Asian Library

The week of September 16-22 is the BC Reconciliation Week.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), which was established in 2008 to gather testimony on survivors’ experiences of the Indian Residential Schools, is also holding its BC National Events at Vancouver PNE from September 18-21. UBC is dedicated to developing a better understanding of Indian Residential […]

Creating with Paper – a new display

Creating with Paper – a new display

Paper is a medium of ideas. We write or print on paper every day to record what is in our mind.  Paper is also a versatile medium for artist to express their creative thoughts. From trained artists to kindergarten students, they use techniques of folding, cutting, pop-ups, papier-mâché to create fascinated papercraft to decorate their […]

Donations from New World Press

Donations from New World Press

Zhang Hai’ou, Editor-in-chief, and three other representatives from the New World Press (新世界出版社) visited the Asian Library on Tuesday, June 25. They generously presented to the Library 16 titles of Chinese monographs, including “我们的荊轲(莫言)”,  “做个快乐读书人(刘墉)”, “沙海(南派三叔)”, “平凹文墨迹(贾平凹)”, “漫画一生(华君武)”, “北大国学课”, “”一百个中国人的梦”, etc.  The books are now on display at the Asian Centre entrance until July 10 […]

Carpet Cleaning May 28-29

To facilitate the annual cleaning of carpet, different floors of the library will be CLOSED at the time listed below: Upper floor Tuesday May 28 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Lower floor Wednesday May 29 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm Seminar rooms & CJK reference area Wednesday May 29 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm We […]

Generation One at the Asian Centre

Generation One at the Asian Centre

Come and join us next week at the Generation One art exhibition to celebrate the Asian Heritage Month! As one of the signature programs of this year’s celebration, the 4th Generation One Art Exhibition is a distinctive exhibition featuring artworks of inter-cultural and cross-generational Pan-Asian artists.  The displays of paintings and calligraphy will put spotlight […]

Where East Meets West – An Exhibition of 20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver

Where East Meets West – An Exhibition of 20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver

Indonesian gamelan, African mbira… Cantonese music – what do these all have in common? Find out at “Where East Meets West – An Exhibition of 20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver” (中西合流: 二十世紀溫哥華廣東樂器展) In collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives (CCC) (大溫哥華中華文化中心文物館),  Asian Library remounts this exhibit which was first shown in the CCC last […]

The Protestant Chinese Bible – The First Centenary

The Protestant Chinese Bible – The First Centenary

The history of the Protestant translation of the Christian Bible into Chinese is a fascinating one. Beginning with Robert Morrison and Joshua Marshman sharing sources yet working independently in the early 19th century, many versions and editions of the Chinese Bible had emerged in the following decades. No less than 9 major Chinese versions were […]

Three New Displays at Asian Library

Spring has arrived and all three display cases of Asian Library received a new look! The Protestant Chinese Bible – The First Centenary 基督教華文聖經百年翻譯史 (Asian Library upper floor) Co-presented by Clement Tong and the Asian Library, this display takes the viewers through the hundred years of the Protestant attempt to give Chinese people a Bible […]

New Course Reserve System Available to Instructors & Students

UBC Library has been introducing a new course reserve system since last August through Connect, UBC’s new learning management system. This system, launched by UBC Library in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC IT, is a portal to all course reserves on a secure, campus-wide basis. Old course reserves request […]

2012 WCILCOS Conference papers in UBC cIRcle

2012 WCILCOS Conference papers in UBC cIRcle

It is nearly a year since the 5th WCILCOS Conference on Chinese through the America was held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. As the Conference Secretariat, Asian Library is delighted to announce that the conference handbook, keynote speech webcasts, authorized papers and presentation slides are now available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital […]

Asian Library joined the UBC-BWB partnership in handling discarded books

Asian Library has recently joined the UBC-BWB partnership in handling discarded library materials. UBC Point Grey, UBC Okanagan and the UBC Bookstore have long developed partnerships with Better World Books, an award winning online bookstore “with a soul” based in Atlanta, GA. This company is considered a trail blazer among newly emerging socially and environmentally […]

“Where East Meets West” Exhibition – extended to February 24, 2013

“Where East Meets West” Exhibition – extended to February 24, 2013

UBC Asian Library, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver and B.C. Chinese Music Association are pleased to announce that their collaborated exhibition, Where East Meets West: An Exhibition of Mid-20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver, has been extended to February 24, 2013. To coincide with the exhibition, curator Alan Lau will be giving two talks in […]

Where East Meets West: An Exhibition of Mid-20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver

Where East Meets West: An Exhibition of Mid-20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver

Indonesian gamelan, African mbira… Cantonese music – what do these all have in common? — Find out at Where East Meets West: An Exhibition of Mid-20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver. The exhibition showcases a collection of Chinese musical instruments from the Chinese Cultural Centre and the UBC Asian Library’s Henry Lok-Tin Lee Collections, used in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the 1950s and 60s. It is […]

Donations from Robert H.N. Ho & Family Foundation

Donations from Robert H.N. Ho & Family Foundation

The Asian Library is pleased to announce that we have recently received three titles of gift from Mr. Robert Ho and The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation. The books are now on display at the Asian Centre lobby. Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy 灋迹: 觀遠山莊珍藏法書選 Edited by Michael Knight and Joseph Z. Chang, this […]

WU HAN-CHI: One Family – Two Nations 伍漢持烈士生平展

WU HAN-CHI: One Family – Two Nations 伍漢持烈士生平展

Date: September 13 – 26, 2012 Place: Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall, Vancouver) Sponsors: UBC Library, The Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-Sen’s Mansion, OMNI/City TV 日期: 2012年9月13-26日 地点: 卑诗大学亚洲中心 (1871 West Mall, Vancouver) 合办: 卑诗大学图书馆, 孙中山大元帅府纪念馆, OMNI/City TV Details 详情: http://guides.library.ubc.ca/page-22415314    

Head Tax Database Workshop – Sun Woy

Head Tax Database Workshop – Sun Woy

The mapping of geographic names recorded in the head tax database was launched in the fall of 2008 by the Asian Library.  It took 20 rounds of community–based meetings with Taishanese and Zhongshanese-speaking participants to match the towns and villages of origin reported by 90% of immigrants from these two counties with the geographical names […]

Asian Library orientation video is now on YouTube!

 

The 100th Anniversary of the 1911 Chinese Revolution Exhibition

The 100th Anniversary of the 1911 Chinese Revolution Exhibition

Date: October 8-10, 2011 (Saturday to Monday) Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm Place: David Lam Auditorium, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver (50 East Pender Street) This exhibition is jointly organized by the Chinese Numismatic & Philatelic Society, Chinese Industrial and Trade Council of Canada and the National Congress of Canadians to celebrate the Centennial of […]

Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture – Leung Ping-Kwan

The Department of Asian Studies is pleased to invite you to attend the 2011-12 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture and its associated activities. Transformative Identities: Literary Adaptation and Cultural Negotiation in Hong Kong Cinema of the 1950s Leung Ping-Kwan Chair Professor of Comparative Literature, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Wednesday, October 5, 7-9pm (reception starts 6pm) Auditorium, […]

Mingle @ Asian Library

Come and join us on September 28th in our 2011 orientation event! In a relaxed atmosphere, grab a cup of coffee, chat with our friendly librarians on anything you want to know about the Library.  You can also check out the new look of our website and our first orientation video.  If you think you […]

Works by Chinese American Writers

Works by Chinese American Writers

The Asian Library is happy to announce that we recently received a donation of 67 Chinese titles of monographs from the Society for Chinese Canadian Literature Studies (加拿大華人文學學會).  All are works written by Chinese American writers, including Huang Helang (黃河浪), Lin Tingting (林婷婷), Li Yan (李彥), Zeng Xiaowen (曾曉文)…etc .  Some of them are now […]

WCILCOS 2012 Conference: Chinese Through the Americas

University of British Columbia’s Asian Library is pleased to announce that, in cooperation with the Ohio University Libraries, it will host the 5th WCILCOS International Conference of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies on Chinese through the Americas. The event will be held May 16th to 19th, 2012 at the University of British Columbia […]

Mourning Mr Anthony Hardy

The UBC Library Human Resources has the following announcement: “Anthony Hardy passed away at his home today, May 25, 2011. Anthony, originally from Indonesia, completed his Master’s degree in Library Sciences from the University of Indonesia. He worked as deputy head of the central library of the Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta before deciding […]

New Westminster Multicultural Festival (May 21)

UBC Asian Library and the CHRP program will join the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) this Saturday (May 21) at the New Westminster Multicultural Festival. From 12 noon to 5:30pm, visit our booths at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, say hi to our friendly Indic Librarian and Chinese Language Community Archivist, or watch a […]

Where Did the Immigrants Actually Come From?

Where Did the Immigrants Actually Come From?

UBC Asian Library, in collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives remounts the exhibit “Where Did the Immigrants Actually Come From?” This exhibit was first shown in the Asian Library in 2010 followed by a two-year project on mapping the villages and towns recorded in the Head Tax database. The very idiosyncratic dialects […]

Asian Library Summer Hours (Apr 28- Sept 2, 2011)

Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & holidays Visit here for UBC Library open hours

Film on the making of Asian Centre now in cIRcle

Film on the making of Asian Centre now in cIRcle

The Consulate General of Japan recently made us aware of a short film entitled “The Big Idea“, which looks at Dr. Iida’s proposal to transport the roof of the Sanyo Pavilion (at the 1970 Osaka Expo) to UBC to create the Asian Centre. The film includes footage from the Osaka Expo, as well as UBC […]

Easter Open Hours

Easter Open Hours

Asian Library open hours during the Easter weekend (April 22-25): Friday:  closed Saturday: 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm Sunday: closed Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Visit www.library.ubc.ca for branch hours.

Asian Library Open House 2011: Spring Book Sale

Asian Library Open House 2011: Spring Book Sale

Spring is back, so is our popular annual book sale! As the part II of Asian Library Open House 2011, this book sale carries new, used, and hard-to-find books and magazines in different Asian languages (mainly Chinese and Korean) and some in English.  Prices range from 10 cents to $5 but most of them are 50 […]

Asian Library Open House 2011: Exhibits

Asian Library Open House 2011: Exhibits

The Asian Library and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory are pleased to present two displays – Identiverse and Dimensions of the Asian World at UBC – as part of the Asian Library Open House 2011. DIMENSIONS of the ASIAN WORLD at UBC: A display Viewers are invited to conceptualize “Asianness” as […]

Access to E-Books and Expanded On Line Database

With the support from a family trust fund, our subscription to Duxiu is paid up and service guaranteed. What is as exciting, if not more exciting is that the Library has also committed to fund the expanded and full access to all 9 China Academic Journal Databases. Now we have access to the China Doctoral […]

Mapping the Villages & Towns Recorded in the Register of Chinese Immigration to Canada from 1885 to 1949

Mapping the Villages & Towns Recorded in the Register of Chinese Immigration to Canada from 1885 to 1949

The mapping of geographic names recorded in the head tax database was launched in the fall of 2008 as one of the “Asian Library’s Partnerships with Communities’ Program Series”.  It took 20 rounds of community-based meetings with Taishanese/Zhongshanese-speaking participants to match the towns and villages of origin reported by 90% of the immigrants with the […]

Hanfu (汉服) Exhibit

Hanfu (汉服) Exhibit

Hanfu or Han Chinese clothing refers to the historical dress of the Han Chinese people (the biggest ethnic group in China), which was worn for millennia before the establishment of the Qing dynasty in 1644.  It is a product of collective wisdom and artistry, and can best reflect the ethnicity of Han people. Some other […]

Welcome to the Asian Library!

Eleanor’ Message

Message from Eleanor Yuen Head, Asian Library University of British Columbia This year, we are celebrating our 50th birthday truly at another new era of knowledge creation and curation. We know that it is imperative that we revisit our roles, re-configure our service model and repurpose our facilities. From the inception with the amassing of […]

Peter Ward Open Essay Contest

In celebration of the Asian Library’s 50th birthday, UBC Library is pleased to announce the Peter Ward Open Essay Contest. The contest’s theme is “How has the Asian Library helped you achieve your goals?” It aims to challenge students and community users to review their experiences and contemplate the Asian Library’s future. Essay topics on […]

An experimentalist Indo-Canadian writer – Ravinder Ravi

Ravinder Ravi is a well-known writer and poet who has more than 80 publications including the famous and well known Restless Soul. He has fully exploited fresh themes and techniques causing him to be the rightful winner of many awards including the Pride of Performance Award, the Fellowship Award, The Best Writer Award as well […]

Cantonese Music: Where East meets West

Cantonese Music: Where East meets West

Westernization has been a major process in Chinese music since the beginning of the 20th century, illustrated by the adoption of Western harmony, counterpoint and performance practices. Western elements have also influenced the design of instruments, introducing new sonorities to traditional texture. Created by the Asian Library, this exhibit includes samples of hammer dulcimers, two-stringed […]

Asian Library joint digitization with FAMILYSEARCH, GSU, Utah

Asian Library joint digitization with FAMILYSEARCH, GSU, Utah

Digitization of Chinese Clan Association Publications 五邑僑刊電子數據化項目 In collaboration with FAMILYSEARCH, Genealogical Society of Utah, USA Field Supervisor, FamilySearch Imaging Services at work: Aug 18th, 2009 –

Cataloguing Backlog Project

The Cataloguing Backlog Project that comprises 40,000 monographs in seven Asian Languages will begin in May 2009. Titles from special collections such as Jing Yi Zhai and Punjabi/Hindi/Sanskrit/Urdu materials of the Shastic Program, that are never in the library catalogue will be prioritized for cataloguing, so are missing out titles of catalogued series. Please stay […]

Binding Backlog Project

The Binding Backlog Project will start in April 2009. A full time staff will be hired to help bind 6,000 Chinese, Japanese, Korean and South Asian serial back issues. Print issues which are available on-line in dependable and reputable databases that the library has been subscribing for more than three years will not be bound […]

Digitization of Ming Pao, Western Canada Edition

In collaboration with Ming Pao, the digitization of the “Community News” is launched, starting from its inception issue of October 15, 1993. To date, articles after January 2008 are available for searches, free-of-charge. Older archival issues are uploaded to the database weekly or at more frequent intervals. Please click here to go to the database. […]

UBC Asia Voila ! 2009

Come out to UBC’s beautiful northwest quadrant and enjoy some of the many Asia-related cultural resources on campus! to celebrate the Asian Heritage Month. This is the first-of-kind event in UBC which involves more than 10 University departments and units offering a one-day event to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. Asia Voilà features traditional Asian dance […]

In Loving Memory of Professor Edgar Wickberg (1927-2008)

Edgar Wickberg, Professor Emeritus of the History Department at UBC, was a renowned scholar on China and Southeast Asia. He was also very much part of the history of the Asian Library, serving as a member of Asian Library’s Advisory Committee for 10 years from 1970 and offered valuable advice and guidance on collection development […]

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