During Celebrate Learning Week and honouring Asian Heritage Month, the Asian Library is pleased to present emerging new researchers from UBC’s Asian Studies, History, Journalism, and Art History, Visual Art & Theory departments. This year’s theme is games, and the presenters will be discussing a wide range of topics from traditional games to the sociocultural impact of digital gaming. This workshop will be moderated by Dr. Christina Laffin of the Asian Studies Department. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Bianca Chui is graduating with BA in Honours History and is an incoming MA student in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC. She recently completed her honours thesis on the intersection between print culture and food culture by examining sugoroku (a type of Japanese board game) in Edo Japan. As the event coordinator at the Centre for Japanese Research (CJR), she organized over a dozen events of different nature in the 2020-21 academic year.
Romi Kim (he/she/they) is a second generation Korean, currently on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish first nations. They received their BFA in Visual Arts and Gender Studies from the University of Victoria and are currently an MFA candidate at UBC. Kim’s practice explores intergenerational effects of colonialism, gender, and storytelling methods through affect and emotion. Currently they are researching the traditional Korean game Hwat’u (introduced to Korea by Japan), Hanja (Sino Korean derived from Chinese), and the myth of Paridegi (the first Shaman in Korea). Installation, video, performance, bookmaking and drag are some of the mediums they work within.
Taranjit Singh Dhillon
Taranjit Singh Dhillon is a freelance journalist, engineer & currently works at the UBC Asian Library. He graduated from the Graduate School of Journalism, UBC Vancouver in 2018 and has worked briefly with CBC Indigenous, Canadian not-for-profit think-tank Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Vancouver, Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association, Indian Railways and Jyotirgamaya, a community radio station. His research interests are traditional games of South Asia, geopolitics and the Arctic region security.
Tianyu Li received his BA in History with a Minor in Philosophy from UBC. He is currently pursuing a MA in Asian Studies at UBC, supervised by Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh and Dr. Renren Yang. His research focuses on transnational culture and media studies, it pays attention to the question of (post)human self-identity and desire in Chinese video games in relation to Japanese manga and anime. Tianyu also has interests in the representation of evolutionary thinking in video games.
About Celebrate Learning Week and explorASIAN festival:
- UBC’s 12th annual Celebrate Learning Week (May 17-23) is a week-long online showcase of teaching and learning opportunities at UBC.Check out President Santa J. Ono’s message here and other events here.
- May is the Asian Heritage Month! This year is also the explorASIAN’s 25th anniversary. More than 50+ virtual events and exhibitions are presented by various community groups. Check out the festival program guide here.