News/Announcement

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Collections Relocation

The removal of all materials from the Asian vault on the ground floor was completed last week. ALL Asian rare collections including the Puban, Pang Jingtang collections are now kept at the Rare Books and Special Collections division at IKBLC with storage conditions that meet international standards. Other big sets such as 百部叢書集成 AC149.P25 S.1-S.100, […]

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 […]

Roof and Skylight Replacement Project Update

Roof and Skylight Replacement Project Update

The roofing project has been completed. The contractor has removed all the scaffolds and fences around the building. They have also installed new “snow stoppers” on the roof. Hopefully we will no longer have tall banks of snow blocking our front and and back entrances whenever there is a heavy snow fall.

“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    

Temporary Floor Closing for the Asian Library

The Asian Library will close the 2nd floor from July 10 through 12 for renovation. There will be no access to our Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections in the call number range of A to F, H, P to PL4000s during that period of time. Library patrons can still access the lower floor collections: newspapers, […]

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!

 

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Display Honouring Master Toa Wong 梨園樂韻在卑詩

Display Honouring Master Toa Wong 梨園樂韻在卑詩

Come check out “Cantonese Opera in British Columbia” (梨園樂韻在卑詩), a dynamic display created by Asian Library.  As part of the UBC Centennial Program, the display honours Master Toa Wong (黃滔師傅), who helped build and document the collection of Cantonese Opera costumes in UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA).  This display is also part of the “Honouring […]

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