Events

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. (12:30-1pm) Cooking instructor Jessica Yu will introduce the traditional HONG KONG STYLE PASTRY! Founder of Jessica Kitchen in Vancouver, Jessica was invited to […]

Double Exposure: Symposium and Exhibit Recap

Double Exposure: Symposium and Exhibit Recap

UBC Asian Library and Rare Books and Special Collections successfully hosted a symposium to showcase the recently acquired John Cooper Robinson collection; a collection of photographs that were taken by a Canadian missionary who resided in Japan during the late 19th to early 20th century. The event attracted 40 participants on March 24, and was […]

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 […]

Thank you for joining the Lunar New Year celebration!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Asian Library!

The Year of the Rooster is approaching! Join the Asian Library & the Department of Asian Studies on Friday January 27 to celebrate the Lunar New Year! It’s free and open to the public. Library programs will be on from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm.  There are games, food, and more. Visitors to the Asian […]

Asian-Language Book Club Events Recap

The Asian Library joined forces with UBC Alumni to successfully launch two Asian-language book clubs this fall! Each book club offered a “meet and greet” session followed by a book discussion about a month later. Chinese Language Book Club Featuring Dr. Laifong Leung’s new book History of Literary Interactions between China and Canada 《中外文學交流史 中國-加拿大卷》, […]

Living Library Pilot

Date: Thursday November 3, 2016 Time: 6:00-7:30 pm Place: UBC Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) (map) Co-hosts: UBC Asian Library and  Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration Admission: Free, but please register. A Living Library Program makes people—rather than books—available for checkout. In the Asian Library context, such a program would provide a […]

Living Library Pilot

Asian-Language Book Clubs

The UBC Asian Library in partnership with Alumni UBC will be offering two Asian-language book clubs (in Japanese and Chinese) in October/November this year: Chinese-Language Book Club Session 1: Meet & Greet – Monday October 24, 7:00-8:30 pm Session 2: Discussion – Monday November 21, 7:00-9:00 pm Both sessions are held at room 604, Asian […]

Family History with a Smartphone: Community Showcase

Family History with a Smartphone

Do you have an elder in your family who has stories to tell but few members of the family have heard them? Would you like to learn how to record and preserve the stories of struggle and triumph of your parents or grandparents for your own children and grandchildren to know? In partnership with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Japanese Rare Books Workshop

The UBC Department of Asian Studies, Asian Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, Centre for Japanese Research, Peking University Institute for the Study of Buddhist Texts and Arts, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies invite you to a workshop on the history and handling of Japanese rare books. Instructed by Professor Takahiro Sasaki […]

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 […]

Be a part of the UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival!

Join us in February 2016 when UBC celebrates the Year of the Monkey in grand style. The UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival is a great opportunity for the UBC community to get involved in one of the campus’ largest cultural events. UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival Date: Friday, February 5, 2016 Time: 1:00pm […]

Great Reads for the Holidays

Click here to view the photos of the event! Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm Location: Asian Centre 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Great Reads at UBC Library was launched in 2011 to provide leisure-reading to community members, students, faculty, and staff. In fall 2015, the Asian Library began building […]

Recording of Chinese rare materials lecture is now on YouTube

More than 50 people joined us on May 19 in the UBC Library Chinese Rare Materials lecture. Thank you to Prof. Boyue Yao (姚伯岳教授) from the Peking University Library and Dr. Bruce Rusk (阮思德教授) from the UBC Department of Asian Studies for sharing the history of Pang Jingtang Collection and introducing its authentication process. Prof. […]

From Buddhism to Nestorian Christianity: The importance of the Silk Roads in the movement of ideas and religions across Central Asia

Welcome to Professor Yao Baoyue!

Welcome to Professor Yao Baoyue!

Professor Boyue Yao (姚伯岳), Rare Book Librarian from Beijing University Library, recently joined the Library to work on the CLIR Hidden Collection project. Library Development and the Asian Library recently hosted a small reception on April 16 to welcome Professor Yao to the Library, and to showcase some of the rare materials he will be […]

Chinese Rare Materials in UBC Library: focusing on Pang Jingtang Collection

UBC 圖書館珍貴的中國古文獻收藏:從龐鏡塘收藏說起 UBC 圖書館擁有異常豐富的中國古文獻收藏,吸引著世界各地的學者絡繹前往。其中最新入館的龐鏡塘藏書更以其珍貴稀見,引起學術界的高度關注。應邀前來鑒定龐鏡塘藏書的北京大學圖書館姚伯岳教授,將和UBC亞洲學系阮思德教授同臺亮相,講述龐鏡塘特藏的前世今生,介紹部分藏品的鑒定過程。聽眾將得以分享學者們的寶貴經驗,一窺中國古文獻的奧秘。 主講: 姚伯岳教授(北京大學圖書館)及 阮思德教授 (UBC亞洲學系) 日期: 二零一五年五月十九日(星期二) 時間: 下午二時三十分至四時 地點: UBC 蔡章閣樓120室 (1855 West Mall, Vancouver) 講座以中文進行, 附英文翻譯 報名及查詢: phoebe.chow@ubc.ca / 604-827-2760 UBC Library has an extremely rich collection of ancient Chinese literature, which has attracted a great number of scholars from around the world. Pang Jingtang Collection, one of the latest […]

Buddhism, Christianity and the Silk Road: An talk with Dr. Frances Wood

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 […]

UBC Library Celebrates 100 Years!

Thank you for joining us in the “Japanese Design Today” lectures

Nearly 200 people came to the “Japanese Design Today” lectures that took place on October 23, 2014. The event, which was co-presented by the Japan Foundation and Asian Library with the sponsorship of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver and the Asian Studies Department,  featured two of the foremost experts on Japanese design. Professor […]

Lectures on Japanese design today

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Time: 2:00-4:30pm Location: Asian Centre Auditorium, UBC (1871 West Mall) This rare opportunity to learn about current trends in Japanese design and architecture will feature Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi from Musashino Art University, and Mr. Yoshifumi Nakamura, an architect and furniture designer who also teaches at the College of Industrial Technology […]

Video of Professor Chia-ying Yeh’s birthday celebration is now on!

On July 26, approximately 150 friends and students of Chia-ying Yeh, Professor Emerita of Asian Studies, gathered at the Asian Centre Auditorium to celebrate with her on her 90th birthday. Hosted by Asian Library, Department of Asian Studies, the Centre for Chinese Research and the Institute of Asian Research, along with the kind support of […]

Walking tour and reception for Chinese-speaking residents

On June 9, Asian Library joined the Office of the Provost and VP Academic, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Campus and Community Planning (C+CP), and University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) in offering a walking tour and reception for the Chinese-speaking residents living on campus. The overall goals are to initiate a deepening of the connection […]

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 […]

The Search of Peking Man: Reading List

Nearly 70 people joined Dr. Harry CS Lam in the talk “The Search of Peking Man” on May 22 afternoon at the Asian Centre Auditorium, including Ken McAteer and Bev Nann, President and Vice President of Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. Thank you so much!                     […]

Komagata Maru Project

Komagata Maru Project

In 1914, “Komagata Maru” carried 376 South Asian would-be immigrants to Canada, but it was turned away from Vancouver. This reflected a larger move against Asian immigration at that time in both popular and official circles. In honour of the centenary of this tragic event, UBC Asian Studies and its partners have produced a multi-faceted […]

explorASIAN 2014: The Search of Peking Man

Come join the Asian Library to celebrate explorASIAN 2014 in the slide presentation “The Search of Peking Man” by Dr. Harry C.S. Lam.  This is held on Thursday, May 22nd, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Asian Centre Auditorium(1871 West Mall, Vancouver). Peking Man refers to a group of individuals living in a location near Peking from 10,000 […]

Thank you for participating the Elegant Gathering of Confucianists

Thank you for participating the Elegant Gathering of Confucianists

Co-presented by the UBC Asian Library and School of Music, “An Elegant Gathering of Confucianists” (儒家雅集) was successfully held on Thursday, Mar 20. It had a big turnout with more than 100 people actually! Wish everyone enjoyed the performance of Qin zither and Chinese calligraphy.  Highlight of the event fell on the performance of traditional […]

An Elegant Gathering of Confucianists

An Elegant Gathering of Confucianists

Welcome to join us for a special performance and demonstration of the traditional Chinese arts of qin zither (琴) and calligraphy (書法) – two of the most important accomplishments of the Confucian scholar.  Both types of music and art are experiencing a strong revival in interest in China and around the world, reflecting shared values of […]

Calligraphy Lecture & Demonstration with Kataoka Shikō

Calligraphy Lecture & Demonstration with Kataoka Shikō

The Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver, Keifūkai Vancouver and UBC Asian Library are hosting an evening with renowned calligrapher Kataoka Shikō  (片岡紫江) on Monday, February 24th, 6:30pm at the UBC Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall, Vancouver). Ms. Kataoka will provide a lecture and demonstration in Japanese, with English translation provided by Dr. Sonja […]

Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Asian Centre!

Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Asian Centre!

The Year of the Horse is approaching! UBC Asian Library, in collaboration with the Department of Asian Studies, will be celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Asian Centre on Friday, February 7, from 10:00am to 4:00pm (map). The main event hosted by the Department of Asian Studies will start at 10:00am. It is a […]

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., […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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