News/Announcement

Preserving Vancouver’s Historical Chinese Newspaper

Since September 2016, Anne Lama, Conservator of UBC Library, has been leading a project to rehouse and preserve two Asian-language newspapers, Chinese Times 大漢公報 (1914-1992) and Rodong Sinmun 로동신문 (1967-1975). The preservation project began with the 220-volume of Chinese Times, which were originally stored in boxes, or bound in fascicles or wrapped in kraft paper […]

Big Thank You to Korea Foundation!

With Korea Foundation’s US$23,000 grant to UBC Library (US$20,000: print resources, US$3,000: e-resources), the Library is able to continue support the collection development and subscribe to the vital electronic databases for Korean Studies. Asian Library subscribes to the following electronic databases: DBpia (Korean Database) This database covers over 2 million full-text articles from more than […]

UBC Library branches closing early due to winter weather conditions

Asian Library Holiday Hours

Asian Library’s opening hours during the Christmas and New Year holidays: December 19-20 (Mon-Tue): 9:00 am to 7:00 pm December 21-23 (Wed-Fri): 9:00 am to 5:00 pm December 24 – January 2 (Sat – Mon): closed We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Check out more at hours and locations.  

Asian Library Extended Open Hours During Exams

To accommodate students’ study schedules, Asian Library will be open extended hours on Fridays during the examination period: December 9 : 9:00 am to 7:00 pm December 16 : 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Please also visit Hours and Locations to check out the open hours of different library branches. Don’t walk alone if you […]

New evening hours in the winter session

Please note that Asian Library has shortened its evening open hours in the winter session (September to April). The new hours are: Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-7:00pm Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday: 12:00 noon-5:00pm Sunday and holidays: Closed Please contact us at asian.library@ubc.ca if you have any concerns and questions about the changes in our opening hours.  

Meet Shirin Eshghi, Head of Asian Library

Art and Cultural Exhibition Spaces

Korean Language Resources Guide

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 […]

Holiday Hours

Asian Library Holiday Hours

Asian Library’s opening hours during the Christmas and New Year holidays: December 21 (Mon): 9am to 8pm December 22-23 (Tue-Wed): 9am to 5pm December 24 (Thu): 9am to 3pm December 25 – January 3 (Fri-Sun): closed We will resume our regular hours on Monday, January 4, 2016. Check out more at hours and locations.

The Korea Foundation’s 2016 Support for Korean Studies e-Resources Program

The Asian Library is pleased to announce that, after submitting an application in July 2015, the Library has just been approved to receive the Korea Foundation’s 2016 Support for Korean Studies e-Resources program, which provides US$4,000 in funding assistance for subscriptions to Korean e-resources.  With this generous grant from the Foundation, the Library will be […]

Asian Library Extended Open Hours During Exams

To accommodate students’ study schedules, Asian Library will be open extended hours on Fridays during the examination period: December 11: 9am – 8pm December 18: 9am – 8pm Please also visit Hours and Locations to check out the open hours of different library branches. Don’t walk alone if you travel late at night after study. […]

Asian Library partnership for Korean materials

Asian Library partnership for Korean materials

The Asian Library is pleased to announce that UBC Library has been selected to be in the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea)’s Hub Library Membership Program to receive translated Korean literature and resources for research and education.  We are expecting to receive the materials from January 2016.  The LTI Korea was established by […]

Asian Library Fall Update 2015

Asian Library Fall Update 2015 – click here for the pdf version.  

Visit of Prof. Nobuyoshi Takashima

Visit of Prof. Nobuyoshi Takashima

Japanese historian, educator and textbook author Takashima Nobuyoshi, Professor Emeritus of the University of Ryukyus, visited the Asian Library on October 15, prior to his special lecture at the C.K.Choi Building. He made a valuable donation of 12 volumes of Nihon no ronten (Thank you for completing our collection!), along with his wife (Takashima Michi)’s […]

New North Korean Film collection

          The Asian Library recently acquired a comprehensive North Korean film collection with the generous funding support from the UBC Centre for Korean Research.  In the format of DVDs, the collection holds films produced in each decade of the 20th century since the 1960s, all the way through the 21st century. […]

New GAA Reference Hours

Starting from October 5, other than the regular reference hours (i.e. Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Asian Library will have Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA) manning our Reference Desk during the peak time from Monday to Thursday. They can help patrons in their own language areas while answering basic to intermediate reference questions in general. […]

Asian Library New Food & Drink Policy

Effective immediately, no food is being consumed in any public area in the Asian Library. To ensure the protection and preservation of library collections, and to provide a comfortable and clean environment for studying, Asian Library enforces a new and strict food and drink policy starting from September 18, 2015. Under the new policy, library […]

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” […]

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

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 […]

One year subscription to NK News (North Korean News)

Responding to our patron needs, UBC Library has been investigating ways on how best to increase access to and gather more reliable information about North Korea.  We are now pleased to announce that with generous funding support from the Centre for Korean Research at the Institute of Asian Research, we have managed to secure a […]

Asian Library’s opening hours in April

Due to statutory holidays and UBC exam period in April, Asian Library opening hours will be changed on the following dates: April 3 (Friday) – Closed April 4 (Saturday) – Closed April 6 (Monday) – Closed April 17 (Friday) – 9am-8pm April 24 (Friday) – 9am-8pm April 29 (Wednesday) – 9am-5pm April 30 (Thursday) – […]

New Trial Resource – NK News

Asian Library Open Hours Change during Reading Week

The week of February 16 is the Reading Week in UBC.  Asian Library open hours will be changed as follows: Monday, February 16 9:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday, February 17 9:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday, February 18 9:00am – 5:00pm Thursday, February 19 9:00am – 5:00pm Friday, February 20 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, February 21 closed (due […]

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!

Holiday Hours

Asian Library Holiday Hours 2014

Asian Library open hours during the Christmas and New Year holidays: December 15-16 (Mon-Tue): 9am to 8pm December 17-19 (Wed-Fri): 9am to 5pm December 20-21 (Sat-Sun): closed December 22-23 (Mon-Tue): 9am to 5pm December 24 (Wed): 9am to 3pm December 25 – January 1 (Thu-Thu): closed January 2 (Fri): 9am to 5pm January 3-4 (Sat-Sun): […]

Asian Library Extended Open Hours During Exams

To accommodate students’ study schedules, Asian Library will be open extended hours on Fridays during the examination period: December 5: 9am – 8pm December 12: 9am – 8pm Please also visit Hours and Locations to check out the open hours of different library branches. Don’t walk alone if you travel late at night after study. […]

Puban Project Complete and Online!

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!                     […]

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 […]

Cigarette cards digitization project led by SLAIS students

From January to April, Asian Library presented an exhibition on Li Desheng’s collection of cigarette cards under the title “Knowing 360 Jobs in Old China”.  At the same time our GAA student Daisy Hui and her two fellows, Kimberly Garmoe and Sehdeep Kaur, at the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) also initiated […]

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 […]

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 […]

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