Displays

Cultural China Art exhibition

Date: July 28 – August 2, 2017 Location: Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall) (map) Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Opening Ceremony: Friday, July 28 1:30 pm In recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Asian Library and the Culture Regeneration Research Society (CRRS) will co-host an art exhibition featuring three artists from Hong Kong and […]

Works by Ilsoo Kyung: Jayeonmi (Natural Beauty)

Date: June 5 – September 20, 2017 Location: Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) (map) Hours: Same as the Asian Library open hours (see hours) Come and visit the new exhibit Jayeonmi (Natural Beauty) by local artist Ilsoo Kyung at the Asian Centre foyer. Ilsoo was born in Korea and immigrated to Canada in 1967. She […]

Summer Fun with Asian Library

We’ve had a long, chilly spring, but summer is around the corner! Drop by the Asian Centre (map) during lunch time on Tuesday June 6 and join us for some fun activities. (12:30-1:00 pm) Cooking instructor Jessica Yue will introduce the traditional HONG KONG STYLE PASTRY – Thousand-layer Mai-lai Goh (千層馬拉糕) & Sachima (沙琪瑪)! Founder […]

Traces of Words: Asian Materials from the UBC Library Collections

Date: May 1 – 31, 2017 Location: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2 Foyer (1961 East Mall) (map) Hours: same as the IKBLC building hours (see hours) This exhibition honours the special significance that written forms hold across the many unique cultures of Asia – a vast geographical area boasting an enormous diversity […]

New Exhibition: Double Exposure

Date: March 13 – May 31, 2017 Location: Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) (map) & Rare Books and Special Collections (1961 East Mall) (map) Hours: Same as the Asian Library and RBSC open hours (see hours) John Cooper Robinson was an Anglican missionary who lived and worked in Japan in the late nineteenth and early […]

Symposium: Missionary Photographs of Meiji-Taisho Japan

Symposium: Missionary Photographs of Meiji-Taisho Japan

Take a rare glimpse into Japan in the 1890s-1920s through the photographs taken by a Canadian missionary, John Cooper Robinson. We can only begin to understand Cooper Robinson’s photographs by overlaying both Canadian and Japanese historical contexts and perspectives. Join our symposium led by art historians and historians who specialize in Japan and Canada, to explore […]

Mending Cracks; Limitations – new exhibit at Asian Centre lobby

Date: January 11 to March 3, 2017 Hours: Same as the Asian Library open hours (see hours here) Location: Asian Centre lobby (1871 West Mall, Vancouver) (map) Presented by Raghavendra Rao K.V., Artist and Research Associate at the UBC Centre for India and South Asia Research, MENDING CRACKS; LIMITATIONS is an art exhibition consisting of […]

New art exhibit: The Reflections of Seasons

Date: October 28, 2016 to January 4, 2017 Hours: Same as the Asian Library open hours (see hours here) Location: Asian Centre Foyer (1871 West Mall) (map) The Reflections of Seasons  (四季 -— 镜像) is an artistic idea based on the changes of twenty four solar terms in Asian lunar calendar through a year. A solar […]

Art and Cultural Exhibition Spaces

Book Exhibit: Chinese Association Publications in British Columbia

Date: July 6 to September 20, 2016 [hours] Location: Asian Library (Upper Floor) Since the influx of Chinese immigrants to British Columbia in the mid-19th century, different types of Chinese associations have been founded, including fraternal associations, community-wide associations, locality associations, and clan associations, etc.  In the early days, these associations provided mutual aid and […]

“The Hidden Treasures” – Chinese Rare & Special Collections at Asian Library

Date: June 13 to September 30, 2016 (hours) Location: UBC Asian Centre Foyer (1871 West Mall, Vancouver) The University of British Columbia (UBC) Asian Library has the largest Chinese collection in Western Canada. For decades, it has served the needs of local and international students, faculty and scholars. It features a rich collection of ancient […]

Asian Centre Book Art Installation

From March 15 to May 31 visitors to the Asian Centre will encounter a new exhibit by Naomi Kasumi. Naomi Kasumi is an artist-scholar based in Seattle whose work extends to book art, printmaking, video, and graphics. The artist was asked to install a book-related piece as part of a research roundtable organized by Christina […]

Korean Folk Tale Book Illustration Exhibition

UBC Asian Library holds more than 100 Korean folk tale books and children’s literature. Out of these items, ten illustrated books have been selected to celebrate and promote the art of Korean children’s book illustration to students, faculty, and local community members. Come and view the amazing illustrations and don’t forget to check out our […]

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Asian Library!

The Year of the Monkey is coming! Come and celebrate with the Asian Library! Friday, February 5 1:00-5:00pm @ the AMS Nest (6133 University Boulevard) (map) Join the Asian Library and other campus partners at the UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival,  an intercultural celebration of Lunar New Year traditions, for all members of the […]

Vast Ocean, Vast Heaven: A multi-site exhibition on Nitobe Memorial Garden

Join CAUSA (Collective for the Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts) for this multi-site exhibition – Nitobe Memorial Garden: Vast Ocean, Vast Heaven from December 3, 2015  to January 31, 2016 at the Asian Centre/Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Rare Books and Special Collections. Upcoming events: Japan and the Cinema a […]

A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed 重構唐人宮樂圖

A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed 重構唐人宮樂圖

Come check out the new displays “A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed” (重構唐人宮樂圖) and “History through Quipai” (曲牌) at the Asian Centre foyer and Asian Library upper floor. Curated by Alan Lau and Sophi Liang, “A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed” is a three-dimensional contemporary “reconstruction” of a famous painting which depicts palace music making during the […]

Display in memory of Master Toa Wong – Legend of Cantonese Opera

Master Toa Wong (黃滔) is an honored and respected Cantonese opera master who passed away on June 30th this year at the age of 101. In the past years, Master Wong donated more than 600 items of books and recordings to the Asian Library. He also helped build and document the collection of Cantonese Opera […]

Summer Book Display: The Education of the Women as Citizens of “Modern Japan”

UBC Asian Library’s Summer Book Display The Education of the Women as Citizens of “Modern Japan” Date: July 6 – August 21, 2015 Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon-Fri) Location: Asian Centre Foyer What changes can we observe regarding women’s everyday life, social status and career options during the fast-changing Meiji and Taishō Japan? Did “modernization” […]

Book exhibit:Ŭigwe- The Royal Protocols of the Chosŏn Dynasty

Ŭigwe (의궤 儀軌) – The Royal Protocols of the Chosŏn Dynasty (1392~1910) Date: May 01 – August 14, 2015 Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon-Fri) Location: Asian Library (Upper Floor)   What is Ŭigwe (의궤 儀軌)? Literally meaning “a model for rituals”, Ŭigwe is a collection of records on the preparation for and conduct of state-sponsored […]

Lunar New Year Celebration 2015

Come join us at the Lunar New Year celebration on February 13 at the UBC Asian Centre! This is the second year that Asian Library works together with the Department of Asian Studies for this joyous event.  Main event starts at 10:00am, including a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate UBC Library’s 100th anniversary.  Heritage and non-heritage […]

Punjabi Writer Series: Gill Moranwali

UBC Asian Library is pleased to bring you the new display featuring the works of award-winning Punjabi writer, Gill Moranwali. Born in the village of Miranwali in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab, India, Gill Moranwali immigrated to Canada in 1970. In 1991 he obtained the “Punjabi Sahit Sabha Canada” award in recognition for his publications and […]

Exhibition celebrating life and work of Professor Chia-ying Yeh on her 90th birthday

Asian Library, Department of Asian Studies, the Centre for Chinese Research and the Institute of Asian Research (along with the kind support of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association) will jointly present an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Professor Florence Chia-Ying Yeh, a Professor Emerita of Asian […]

In Memory of Ms. Tung King Ng

It is with sadness to announce that Ms. Tung King Ng (伍冬瓊), the first Head of the Asian Library, passed away on June 11 at age 92. Ms. Ng graduated from the Chinese Department, University of Hong Kong on a scholarship with a stellar academic record and pursued library science studies in England. Upon graduating, […]

Exhibition of Historical Artifacts of Overseas Chinese & Historical Figures of the Ing Clan

In June 1914, Suey Sun Fong (胥山房) issued a receipt to Wu Yichou, who paid two dollars in membership enrollment fee. This receipt stub attests the existence of Wu (伍) clan association in Vancouver for over a hundred years. Wu (or Ing, Eng, Ng) pioneers set foot in Canada as early as 1886. The largest […]

Call for volunteers: Cultural Ambassadors for the Ing Association exhibition

Call for volunteers: Cultural Ambassadors for the Ing Association exhibition

The Ing Suey Sun Tong Association (溫哥華伍胥山公所) will be hosting an exhibition titled “rare historical artifacts of Overseas Chinese & historical figures of the Ing Clan” (伍氏宗族華僑歷史文物和名人事跡展覽) in celebration of its centennial.  It will be held June 14 to July 14 at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver Museum in Chinatown. UBC Asian Library […]

The Start of a Long Journey: Art Exhibition from CAFA

“A thousand-mile long journey starts from each and every step.”   – Dao De Jing 千里之行: 中央美术学院毕业生优秀作品收藏展 The Start of a Long Journey: The Collection of Excellent Graduation Works (2012-13) from China Central Academy of Fine Arts June 3 – June 12 UBC Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall) Opening: Tuesday, June 3 | 4:30 pm […]

Tiananmen 1989: A Book Display

25 years ago from April to June, tens of thousands of students gathered at the Tiananmen Square of Beijing to fight for democracy. The Chinese government condemned the movement as a “counter-revolutionary riot” and finally initiated a crackdown on June 3-4, which is also known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or June 4th Massacre. About […]

Buddha’s Birthday on May 6!

Buddha’s Birthday on May 6!

佛诞节 | 花祭り | 석가탄신일 | ਬੁੱਧਦਾਜਨਮ ਦਿਨ Buddha’s Birthday, the birthday of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, is a holiday traditionally celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism. In many East Asian countries Buddha’s Birth is celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese lunar calendar (but in Japan since 1873 on April 8 […]

Happy Vaisakhi!

Vaisakhi is a festival celebrated across northern India to commemorate the harvest season and the birth of the Khalsa. It is celebrated with great fervour by the Sikh community in India and by the Sikh diaspora around the world. This day is also observed as the Thanksgiving Day by the farmers whereby they pay their […]

Haft-seen display at the Asian Centre

Haft-seen display at the Asian Centre

The Asian Library will be displaying a haft-seen table spread to celebrate Persian New Year (Norouz). The haft-seen is comprised of seven (haft) edible items that start with “seen” (س ) an “S” sounding alphabet.  Each household normally creates a decorative haft-seen and this is left up throughout the New Year season, which lasts for […]

Beautiful China Photo Exhibition

Beautiful China Photo Exhibition

A beautiful China is defined by all kinds of beautiful elements: green mountains, peaceful lakes, harmony between man and nature, eco-friendly consciousness in urban planning and development, smile on faces,  happiness in heart…….you can now explore more through the lens of the photographers in China. Co-presented by the Asian Library and the Consulate General of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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    

Retell | Rethink | Recover

UBC Library will be hosting an exhibition and one-day conference to commemorate the March 11 disasters in Japan. Click here for detailed information. Exhibition | February 20 – April 30, 2012 Rare Books and Special Collections, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre retelling the history of the areas affected by the disasters Irving K. Barber Learning […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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