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 […]

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 […]

New Westminster Multicultural Festival (May 21)

UBC Asian Library and the CHRP program will join the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) this Saturday (May 21) at the New Westminster Multicultural Festival. From 12 noon to 5:30pm, visit our booths at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, say hi to our friendly Indic Librarian and Chinese Language Community Archivist, or watch a […]

Where Did the Immigrants Actually Come From?

Where Did the Immigrants Actually Come From?

UBC Asian Library, in collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives remounts the exhibit “Where Did the Immigrants Actually Come From?” This exhibit was first shown in the Asian Library in 2010 followed by a two-year project on mapping the villages and towns recorded in the Head Tax database. The very idiosyncratic dialects […]

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.

Asian Library Open House 2011: Spring Book Sale

Asian Library Open House 2011: Spring Book Sale

Spring is back, so is our popular annual book sale! As the part II of Asian Library Open House 2011, this book sale carries new, used, and hard-to-find books and magazines in different Asian languages (mainly Chinese and Korean) and some in English.  Prices range from 10 cents to $5 but most of them are 50 […]

Asian Library Open House 2011: Exhibits

Asian Library Open House 2011: Exhibits

The Asian Library and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory are pleased to present two displays – Identiverse and Dimensions of the Asian World at UBC – as part of the Asian Library Open House 2011. DIMENSIONS of the ASIAN WORLD at UBC: A display Viewers are invited to conceptualize “Asianness” as […]

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 […]

Mapping the Villages & Towns Recorded in the Register of Chinese Immigration to Canada from 1885 to 1949

Mapping the Villages & Towns Recorded in the Register of Chinese Immigration to Canada from 1885 to 1949

The mapping of geographic names recorded in the head tax database was launched in the fall of 2008 as one of the “Asian Library’s Partnerships with Communities’ Program Series”.  It took 20 rounds of community-based meetings with Taishanese/Zhongshanese-speaking participants to match the towns and villages of origin reported by 90% of the immigrants with the […]

Hanfu (汉服) Exhibit

Hanfu (汉服) Exhibit

Hanfu or Han Chinese clothing refers to the historical dress of the Han Chinese people (the biggest ethnic group in China), which was worn for millennia before the establishment of the Qing dynasty in 1644.  It is a product of collective wisdom and artistry, and can best reflect the ethnicity of Han people. Some other […]

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 […]

An experimentalist Indo-Canadian writer – Ravinder Ravi

Ravinder Ravi is a well-known writer and poet who has more than 80 publications including the famous and well known Restless Soul. He has fully exploited fresh themes and techniques causing him to be the rightful winner of many awards including the Pride of Performance Award, the Fellowship Award, The Best Writer Award as well […]

Cantonese Music: Where East meets West

Cantonese Music: Where East meets West

Westernization has been a major process in Chinese music since the beginning of the 20th century, illustrated by the adoption of Western harmony, counterpoint and performance practices. Western elements have also influenced the design of instruments, introducing new sonorities to traditional texture. Created by the Asian Library, this exhibit includes samples of hammer dulcimers, two-stringed […]

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. […]

UBC Asia Voila ! 2009

Come out to UBC’s beautiful northwest quadrant and enjoy some of the many Asia-related cultural resources on campus! to celebrate the Asian Heritage Month. This is the first-of-kind event in UBC which involves more than 10 University departments and units offering a one-day event to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. Asia Voilà features traditional Asian dance […]

In Loving Memory of Professor Edgar Wickberg (1927-2008)

Edgar Wickberg, Professor Emeritus of the History Department at UBC, was a renowned scholar on China and Southeast Asia. He was also very much part of the history of the Asian Library, serving as a member of Asian Library’s Advisory Committee for 10 years from 1970 and offered valuable advice and guidance on collection development […]

Circulation Desk: public services

Carrell with work station

Carrells: first come first served

Computer work stations are inside the door at far end

High ceiling with skylight

Display cases for displays of various themes

Upper floor stacks: CJK books with call number range A-F, H and P-PL

Asian Lower Level books and exit to circulation area

Asian Lower Level Books, Relocated from the Upper Floor

Reference, Audio-Visual and Language Learning sections

CJK journals on the left; Asian Lower Level and CJK art books on the right

CJK books with call number J, L, PM-Z: watch out for rolling shelves

Print here with your UBC Card/Guest Card

Newspaper reading area; Asian New Books at back

Work stations, copier and microform reader

Seminar room with TV, DVD and video cassette players: book in advance

Seminar room for classes and group studies: book in advance

Copier and stationery for your convenience

To Upper Floor

To Ground Floor

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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