Sarbjit Kaur Randhawa’s Transition to the South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian (Full-time)

UBC Asian Library is please to announce that Sarbjit Kaur Randhawa, who has worked in a part-time capacity as our Indic Librarian for the past twelve years, has transitioned to a full-time role as our South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian.

Sarbjit graduated from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (currently UBC iSchool) with a Certificate in Advanced Study (CAS) in 2005, and joined the Asian Library in the same year. Sarbjit is also a graduate from Guru Nanak Dev University with three Master degrees including a Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS), a Master in Religious Studies, and a Master of Arts in Punjabi. She is fluent in various South Asian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Urdu. Along with her co-researcher Aditi Gupta of the University of Victoria Libraries, Sarbjit is the recipient of American Library Association Diversity Research Grant for 2015-16. Their research is based on exploring library perceptions, reading habits and library usage of the South Asian population in BC. She was awarded the prestigious 2014 Dr. Mohinder Singh Randhawa award for promoting and sharing South Asian language and culture, and preserving its collections through her community-outreach and library services. Sarbjit has a passion for poetry, and many of her poems have been published in several newspapers and magazines.

Congratulations Sarbjit! We are lucky to have you at Asian Library, and look forward to working with you in a full-time capacity!

How to find us: 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Look for these landmarks at the intersection of West Mall and Memorial Road

Find the Asian Centre Building behind the trees

Remembering Mr. Yim Tse, Chinese Librarian 1968-1999

The UBC Library is sad to announce that Mr. Yim Tse, the former Chinese Librarian with Asian Library, passed away on March 16, 2018. Prior to his time as Chinese Librarian, Mr. Tse worked as both a Student Assistant and Library Assistant with the Asian Library. In 1968 Mr. Tse took on the position of Chinese Librarian, a post he held until his retirement in 1999. Mr. Tse was highly respected by UBC faculty and students for his knowledge and in-depth reference support. In addition to his contributions as a librarian, Mr. Tse was also a devoted supporter of the UBC library. Over the years, his family has donated to the Basil Stuart Stubbs Book Prize Fund, the Asian Library Renovation Fund and the Rosa Wai Wai Ho Scholarship in Asian Studies. His gift-in-kind donations are important research materials to the Chinese collection in the Asian library. 

The Meiji at 150 Project

The 2017-2018 Academic Year sees the 150th anniversary of Japan’s 1868 Meiji Restoration, an epochal political revolution that sparked Japan’s remarkable modernization, dramatic cultural transformation, and rapid emergence onto the global stage.

At UBC, the Asian Library is working together with the Centre for Japanese Research, the Department of History, and the Department of Asian Studies to present a year-long series of events convening scholars of Japan from around North America to interrogate Japan’s position in global history along with the place of the Meiji Restoration in Japanese historical pedagogy. The Meiji at 150 Digital Teaching Resource aims to promote UBC Library’s Japan-related collections held at Rare Books and Special Collections. Please contact the Japanese language librarian, Naoko Kato ( if interested in finding out more about the library’s Japanese collections.

To learn more about this project as well as the details of the upcoming workshops and lectures, please visit or email

UBC Library Japanese-Canadian Photograph Collection


UBC Library Tairiku Nippo (Continental Daily News) Digital Archive



New Books at the Asian Library (Nov 30, 2017)


PL2872 F364 W36 2016
望春风 / 格非著

PL2892.5 A69 E77 2016
二十六篇 : 和青年朋友谈心 / 钱理群著

PL2932 A634 B35 2016
百年童话 = Life magic / 曹建伟作品

PL2947.5 L773265 W67 2016
我所理解的世界 = The world comprehend / 闾丘露薇著

PL2951.5 Y8 R87 2017
入诗為安 : 一首不可能譯成任何文字的詩 / 歐陽昱著

PL3748 P35 T35125 2016
塔洛 / 万玛才旦著

PZ10.831 Z4362 Xd 2016
小饼干和围裙妈妈. 第一次分开睡 / 郑春华著 ; 阿茄绘

PZ10.831 C4269 Gg 2017 v.1
故宮里的大怪兽 / 常怡箸


DS913.392 C53 C523 2017 v.1-3
正祖 殯殿 魂殿 都監 儀軌

DS913.392 C53 C524 2017
正祖 祔廟 都監 儀軌

DS924 K96 Y545 2017 v.1
고지도 를 통해 본 경상 지명 연구 / 기획, 편집 고문헌과 ; 글 이 기봉

HV6295 J3 C467 2016
조선·대만 특별 요시찰인 약식 명부 / 국가 보훈처 ; [장 신 번역 및 해제 ; 방 광석 감수]

PL989.72 N35 2017
恩坡 散稿 / 沈 樂洙

PL991.74 C5 2017 v.1-4
미당 서 정주 전집. 8-11, 산문 / 지은이 서 정주


DS868.2 U53 2016
川中島合戦 : 戦略で分析する古戦史 / 海上知明

Explore the Asian Library’s New Chinese DVD titles

Asian Library has recently acquired over 60 Chinese DVDs from the following series: “A Century of Chinese classic movies” (中国电影百年经典) and “Follow me in Chinese” (跟我学汉语).  Most of them were originally produced from 1950s to 1990s and have both English and Chinese subtitles.  Listed below are some of the examples. Please come and browse these new titles at our audiovisual section, or look for titles via the UBC Library catalogue.

PN1997 .B103 2006
巴山夜雨 = Evening Rain / 导演 吴贻弓 Wu Yigong, film director / 1980

PN1997 .C6648 2008
从奴隶到将军 = From slave to general / 导演 王焱 Wang Miao, film director / 1979

PN1997 .D268 2007
戴勋章的走私犯 = Medal for a smuggler / 导演 潘培成 朱鼎玉 Pan Peicheng, Zhu Dingyu, film director / 1988

PN1997 .D893 2003
渡江侦察记 = Reconnaissance across the Yangtze / 导演汤晓丹 Yang Xiaodan, film director / 1954

PN1997 .G867 2007
锅碗瓢盆交响曲 = Symphony of cooking utensils / 导演 腾文骥 Teng Wenji, film director / 1983

PN1997 .H8563 2005
火红的年代 = Fiery years / 导演 傅超武 孙永平 俞仲英 Fu Chaowu, Sun Yongping, Yu Zhongying, film director / 1973

PN1997 .L6819 2005
龍鬚溝 = Dragon Beard Ditch /  編導 冼群 Xian Qun, film director / 1952

PN1997 .M366 2005
芒果之歌 = Song of Mango / 导演 常彦 张普人 Chang Yan, Zhang Puren, film director / 1976

PN1997 .Q323 2005
青春万岁 = Forever young / 导演 黄蜀芹 Huang Shuqin, film director / 1983

PN1997 .R463 2003
人生 = Life / 导演 吴天明 Wu Tianming, film director / 1984

PN1997 .T5183 2005
天雲山传奇 / 导演 谢晋 Xie Jin, film director / 1980

PN1997 Y3636 2002
摇啊摇, 摇到外婆桥 = Shanghai triad / 导演 张艺谋 Zhang Yimou, film director / 1994

PN1997 .Y46495 2003
英雄儿女 = Heroic sons and daughters / 导演 武兆堤 Wu Zhaodi, film director / 1964

PN1997.2 .G86 2003
过年回家 = Seventeen years / 导演 张元 Zhang Yuan, film director / 1999

New Books at the Asian Library (Nov 15, 2017)


DS731.K6 K356 2017
간도 의 기억 : 일본 제국 의 대륙 침략 과 조선인 의 항쟁 / 엮은이 박 환

DS915.572 H68 2017 v.1-9
영상, 역사 를 비추다 : 한국 현대사 영상 자료 해제집 / 허 은 편

G2334.S478 Y48 2017
옛 서울 지도 = Maps of old Seoul / 총괄 송 인호, 박 현욱 ; 기획 허 대영, 강 해은, 송 지현 ; 논고 전 우용 ; 유물 촬영 최 인호, 김 민정, 안 남현

PL915.4 .K95 2017
한국어 발음 교육론 / 저자 권 성미

PL992.29.S6 Z46 2017 V.1-2
수인 = The prisoner / 황 석영 자전

PL994.18.C455 H32 2017
해 가 지는 곳 으로 / 최 진영 장편 소설

PN1992.77.A1 H365 2017
한국 방송 작가상 2016 제 29회 수상 작품집 / 한국 방송 작가 협회 편


B5234.R464 Y66 2016
永远的怀念 : 任继愈先生百年诞辰纪念文集 / 国家图书馆编.

DS734.7 .C48117 2017
陈乐素史学文存 / 陈乐素著 ; 陈智超编

DS736 L52793 2016 v.1-2
哇, 历史原来可以这样学 / 林欣浩著

ML336.2 W356 2015
欢娱的巅峰 : 唐代教坊考 / (加拿大)王立著

PL2695 Z5 L5553 2016
并世双星 : 汤显祖与莎士比亚 / 李建军著

PL2840 J536 A6 2015 v.1-2
陈剑雨文集 / 陈剑雨著

PL2951.5 Y8 T3 2017
她 : 一部關於小說的小說 / 歐陽昱著

UBC Day of Learning Event Recap

UBC’s Day of Learning took place on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The event marked the 75th anniversary of Japanese-Canadian internment and the 5th anniversary of the UBC Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 76 Japanese Canadian students expelled in 1942.

The day-long event was comprised of four sessions, and the Asian Library had the privilege to be a co-organizer for the afternoon workshop entitled “Stories on Organizing Against Injustice.” We had six Japanese-Canadian community members who shared their lived experiences in small group settings. There were approximately 60 participants including UBC students, alumni, faculty members, staff, and community members. The participants commented on how unique this opportunity was, to be able to engage in inter-generational conversations.

The UBC Day of Learning was made possible with the support of different units across UBC and community partners. Check out the video recordings of the other three workshops at the Day of Learning website.

New Books at the Asian Library (Oct 31, 2017)


CD6177 W354 2016
民国公务印章图说 / 翟玉霞主编 ; 王俊明著

DS777.5314 Z468 2016
战殇 : 国民革命军抗战将士口述实录 / 周渝著

N7345 X8 2016
非艺术 : 国际视野下的中国当代艺术 / 徐琛著

PL2754 S5 Z594693 2016
灯火 : 鲁迅与文艺 / 上海鲁迅纪念馆编

PL2849 U64 B39 2016
八月蝴蝶黄 : 裘山山短篇小说选 / 裘山山著

PL2931.5 I24 J84 20164
绝响 / 畀愚著

PL2947.5 U7758 N36 2016
南城无故人 / 落清著


B5251 C464 2016
한국 현대 철학 : 그 주제적 지형도 / 정 대현 지음

DS910.2 J3 C435 2016
전후 한일 관계 70년 : 우리 는 어떻게 갈등 을 극복 해 왔나? / 최 희식

DS922.42 K58 K56 2016
김 영삼 평전 / 김 삼웅 지음

G1030 B627 2016
역사 지도집의 개념과 제작 방법론 / 피터 볼 (Peter Bol) 외 16 인 지음

JQ1727 Y473 2016
한국 의정사 30년 : 제헌 에서 10대 까지 / 이 형 지음

PL935.5 P335 2016
한국 자전 의 해제 와 목록 / 박 형익.

PL976.7 A17 2016
제 16회 미당 문학상 수상 작품집 : 유리 의 존재 / 김 행숙

PL992.9 C414 S56 2016
신화 의 시대 / 지은이 이 청준

PN1993.5 K6 Y444 2016
소리 의 정치 : 식민지 조선 의 극장 과 제국 의 관객 / 이 화진 지음

Z42.4 K6 P35 2016
고문서 의 서명 과 인장 / 박 준호

New Books at the Asian Library (Oct 16, 2017)


PK2099.32 A83 V37 2016
Vāṭsa epa para kṛāṇti : kahānī-saṅgraha / Anurāga Pāṭhaka

PK2099.34 S64 W43 2016
Whatsapp: riśte-nātoṃ kī kahāniyām̐ / Raśmi

PK2199 H338 A54 2016
Kālī salavāra aura aṇya kahāniyām̐ / Saādata Hasana Maṇto.

PK2199 H338 Z46 2016
Saādata Hasena Manṭo kī kahāniyām̐ / sampādaka, Narendra Mohana


DS916.27 C453 2016
식민지 역사 바로 보기 / 崔 吉城.

HD8728.5 K6 Y53 2017
사지 를 넘어 귀향 까지 : 일제 강제 징용 수기 / 이 상업 지음 ; 근로 정신대 할머니 와 함께 하는 시민 모임, 전남 일보 기획.

HM1271 K555 2016
한국 속 타인, 타국 속 한인 : 포스트 디아스포라 시대 민속학 패러다임 의 변화 / 김 면 지음.

ND1366.9 P36 2017
한국 의 팔경도 = The eight views of Korea / 박 해훈.

PN1995.65 K6 H36 2016
한국 영화 역사 속 검열 제도 / 한국 영상 자료원 엮음.


DS775.8 L537 2016
民国外交 : 亲历者口述实录 / 李振广编著.

DS776 P36 2016
写不完的纯粹 : 他们改变了晚清民国史 / 潘竞贤著

PL2263 Z368 2016
语言的張力 : 中國古代文學的語言學批評論集 / 周裕鍇著

PL2303 S45 2016
第二媒介时代的文学景观 : “80后”写作现象研究 / 石培龙著

PN1995.9 A74 G664 2016
梦中集 / 宮林著


DS832.7 C5 S56 2017
在日華僑華人の現代社会学 : 越境者たちのライフ・ヒストリー / 鍾家新著

DS888.2 H6757 2016
ナショナリズムの昭和 / 保阪正康.

HC461.5 Y295 Y36 2016
山田寅次郎宗有 : 民間外交官・実業家・茶道家元 / 山田寅次郎研究会編 ; ワタリウム美術館.

PN1993.5 J3 K365 2016
完全版アナーキー日本映画史, 1959-2016

PN1995.9 M6 M67 2016
怪獣から読む戦後ポピュラー・カルチャー : 特撮映画・SF ジャンル形成史 / 森下達

Art Exhibition: Trauma, Memory, and the Story of Canada

Date: September 30December 3, 2017
Location: Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) (map)
Hours: Asian Library open hours (see hours)

Visit the art exhibition “Canada at 150+: Trauma, Memory and the Story of Canada” presented by the South Asian Canadian Histories Association from now until early December at UBC, and in the Punjabi Market (6500 block of Main Street, Vancouver). 

Two works for the exhibition will be on view at the Asian Centre foyer and the upper floor of the Asian Library: Pouf, Sausage, Weight, Arc (2017) by Sameer Farooq  and How This Will End (2017) by Umesh M.S.

Other artists taking part in this exhibition include Vikky Alexander, Sonny Assu, Jason Baerg, and Hyung-Min Yoon. For more information, please visit the SACHA website at

New Books at the Asian Library (Sep 29, 2017)


PK2099.32 A83 V37 2016
Vāṭsa epa para kṛāṇti : kahānī-saṅgraha / Anurāga Pāṭhaka

PK2099.34 S64 W43 2016
Whatsapp: riśte-nātoṃ kī kahāniyām̐ / Raśmi


BL2230 Y525 2016
한국 신화 와 문화 / 이 병찬

DS916.5 Y53 O27 2016
대한 민국 임시 정부 의 정신적 지주 이 동녕 / 한국 독립 운동사 연구소 기획 ; 오 대록 지음

DS923.25 W53 2016
위대한 한국민, 전진 하는 역사 / 이 장희, 정 영일, 김 준형, 정 진백 편

HX948 O234 2016
일제 하 한국 아나키즘 소사전

PL908.8 Y37 2016
한국어 어문 규범 연구

PL931 C38 2016
말 맛 을 더하고 글 맛 을 깨우는 우리 말 어원 이야기 / 조 항범 지음

PL958.6 K4354 2016
풍화 와 기억 : 일제 말 친일 협력 문학 의 재해석

PN1998.3 C437 M64 2016
뫼비우스 장 진영, 그 참을 수 없는 그리움 / 정 민아 외 지음


D810 C698 K576 2017
「慰安婦」問題の言說空間 : 日本人「慰安婦」の不可視化と現前 / 木下直子

DS869 N36 M6 2016
南部信直 : 戦国の北奥羽を制した計略家 / 森嘉兵衛

DS889.15 H384 2016
田中角栄と中曽根康弘 : 戦後保守が裁く安倍政治 / 早野透, 松田喬和

GB471 K35 2017
島嶼学への誘い : 沖縄からみる「島」の社会経済学 / 嘉数啓

NC1709 T48 M56 2016
回想私の手塚治虫 : 「週刊漫画サンデー」初代編集長が明かす、大人向け手塚マンガの裏舞台 / 峯島正行

PL728.174 I144 2016
萬葉集訓読の資料と方法 / 池原陽斉

PL856 U673 K57 2017 V.1-2
騎士団長殺し / 村上春樹 

PN1997 A837 S43 2017
「新しき土」の真実 : 戦前日本の映画輸出と狂乱の時代 / 瀬川裕司


DS755 H837 2016
晚清最后十八年 : 从甲午战争到辛亥革命 / 黄治军著

DS774 W3735 2016 v.1-2
民国逸史 / 王习耕编著

DS777.53 X543 2016
解读抗日战争 / 姜廷玉主编

HN742 X8 2016
广告呈现与传播中的近代澳门社会 : 基于《澳门宪报》中文广告的研究 / 徐莉莉著

N7485 C6 C446 2016
凸思集 : 艺海踏浪 / 陈昌友著

PL2262 L529 2016
梁羽生妙评民国诗词 / 梁羽生著

PL2419 A87 S45 2016
悦读的艺术 : 中国小说读者学片面观 / 石钟扬, 郭春萍著

PL3031 T32 A168 2016
2016 台灣文學獎得獎作品集 / 國立台灣文學館編印

Celebrate DIWALI with the Asian Library

Join the Asian Library to celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights)!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall

Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated annual Indian festival. It marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. Diwali takes place at the end of October or the first week of November, and is celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day). The festival typically lasts from 5 to 7 days, and the first day marks the beginning of the fiscal year. It is enjoyed by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with candles and colorful lights, and also share their gifts and recite prayers.

Everyone is cordially invited to experience diversity of culture through music, Henna, and delicious refreshments. All Diwali activities are drop-in, free and open to UBC students, staff and faculty.

For more information, please call 604-822-2427 or visit us in person at the Asian Library at UBC Asian Centre.

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