Leslie Cheung 張國榮 – Hong Kong Icon (1956-2003): Bibliography

Between February and April of this year, UBC Asian Studies and the Asian Library collaborated to host an exhibition in memory of Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing 張國榮, the revered Hong Kong singer, actor, performer, and queer icon. This captivating showcase featured an array of publications, recordings, film posters, and other memorabilia from Leslie’s multi-faceted and transpacific […]

Asian Library book display: Sikh Heritage Month and Vaisakhi

April is observed as Sikh Heritage Month to celebrate Sikh culture, art and history and to appreciate the contributions that the Sikh community has made in Canada. The month of April carries great significance for Sikhs as it was in this month that the Khalsa order was established by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and […]

Spring Book Display: LOVE Makes the World Go Round

With each wave of the pandemic, social and physical distancing can leave us feeling isolated from those we care about most. We can reconnect with and relate to one another through stories, sharing experiences of the various relationships we have in our lives, whether these bonds be romantic, familial, or platonic. Now that we’ve regathered […]

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

Date: September 30 – December 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 […]

Cultural China Art exhibition

Date: July 28 – August 2, 2017 Location: Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall) (map) Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Opening Ceremony: Friday, July 28 1:30 pm In recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Asian Library and the Culture Regeneration Research Society (CRRS) will co-host an art exhibition featuring three artists from Hong Kong and […]

Works by Ilsoo Kyung: Jayeonmi (Natural Beauty)

Date: June 5 – September 20, 2017 Location: Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) (map) Hours: Same as the Asian Library open hours (see hours) Come and visit the new exhibit Jayeonmi (Natural Beauty) by local artist Ilsoo Kyung at the Asian Centre foyer. Ilsoo was born in Korea and immigrated to Canada in 1967. She […]

Summer Fun with Asian Library

We’ve had a long, chilly spring, but summer is around the corner! Drop by the Asian Centre (map) during lunch time on Tuesday June 6 and join us for some fun activities. (12:30-1:00 pm) Cooking instructor Jessica Yue will introduce the traditional HONG KONG STYLE PASTRY – Thousand-layer Mai-lai Goh (千層馬拉糕) & Sachima (沙琪瑪)! Founder […]

Traces of Words: Asian Materials from the UBC Library Collections

Date: May 1 – 31, 2017 Location: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2 Foyer (1961 East Mall) (map) Hours: same as the IKBLC building hours (see hours) This exhibition honours the special significance that written forms hold across the many unique cultures of Asia – a vast geographical area boasting an enormous diversity […]

New Exhibition: Double Exposure

Date: March 13 – May 31, 2017 Location: Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) (map) & Rare Books and Special Collections (1961 East Mall) (map) Hours: Same as the Asian Library and RBSC open hours (see hours) John Cooper Robinson was an Anglican missionary who lived and worked in Japan in the late nineteenth and early […]

Symposium: Missionary Photographs of Meiji-Taisho Japan

Symposium: Missionary Photographs of Meiji-Taisho Japan

Take a rare glimpse into Japan in the 1890s-1920s through the photographs taken by a Canadian missionary, John Cooper Robinson. We can only begin to understand Cooper Robinson’s photographs by overlaying both Canadian and Japanese historical contexts and perspectives. Join our symposium led by art historians and historians who specialize in Japan and Canada, to explore […]

Mending Cracks; Limitations – new exhibit at Asian Centre lobby

Date: January 11 to March 3, 2017 Hours: Same as the Asian Library open hours (see hours here) Location: Asian Centre lobby (1871 West Mall, Vancouver) (map) Presented by Raghavendra Rao K.V., Artist and Research Associate at the UBC Centre for India and South Asia Research, MENDING CRACKS; LIMITATIONS is an art exhibition consisting of […]

New art exhibit: The Reflections of Seasons

Date: October 28, 2016 to January 4, 2017 Hours: Same as the Asian Library open hours (see hours here) Location: Asian Centre Foyer (1871 West Mall) (map) The Reflections of Seasons  (四季 -— 镜像) is an artistic idea based on the changes of twenty four solar terms in Asian lunar calendar through a year. A solar […]

Art and Cultural Exhibition Spaces

Book Exhibit: Chinese Association Publications in British Columbia

Date: July 6 to September 20, 2016 [hours] Location: Asian Library (Upper Floor) Since the influx of Chinese immigrants to British Columbia in the mid-19th century, different types of Chinese associations have been founded, including fraternal associations, community-wide associations, locality associations, and clan associations, etc.  In the early days, these associations provided mutual aid and […]

“The Hidden Treasures” – Chinese Rare & Special Collections at Asian Library

Date: June 13 to September 30, 2016 (hours) Location: UBC Asian Centre Foyer (1871 West Mall, Vancouver) The University of British Columbia (UBC) Asian Library has the largest Chinese collection in Western Canada. For decades, it has served the needs of local and international students, faculty and scholars. It features a rich collection of ancient […]

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 […]

Korean Folk Tale Book Illustration Exhibition

UBC Asian Library holds more than 100 Korean folk tale books and children’s literature. Out of these items, ten illustrated books have been selected to celebrate and promote the art of Korean children’s book illustration to students, faculty, and local community members. Come and view the amazing illustrations and don’t forget to check out our […]

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Asian Library!

The Year of the Monkey is coming! Come and celebrate with the Asian Library! Friday, February 5 1:00-5:00pm @ the AMS Nest (6133 University Boulevard) (map) Join the Asian Library and other campus partners at the UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival,  an intercultural celebration of Lunar New Year traditions, for all members of the […]

Vast Ocean, Vast Heaven: A multi-site exhibition on Nitobe Memorial Garden

Join CAUSA (Collective for the Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts) for this multi-site exhibition – Nitobe Memorial Garden: Vast Ocean, Vast Heaven from December 3, 2015  to January 31, 2016 at the Asian Centre/Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Rare Books and Special Collections. Upcoming events: Japan and the Cinema a […]

A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed 重構唐人宮樂圖

A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed 重構唐人宮樂圖

Come check out the new displays “A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed” (重構唐人宮樂圖) and “History through Quipai” (曲牌) at the Asian Centre foyer and Asian Library upper floor. Curated by Alan Lau and Sophi Liang, “A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed” is a three-dimensional contemporary “reconstruction” of a famous painting which depicts palace music making during the […]

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” […]

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) [youtube width=”520″ height=”420″]https://youtu.be/EwWGfv7wFn8[/youtube]   What is Ŭigwe (의궤 儀軌)? Literally meaning “a model for rituals”, Ŭigwe is a collection of records on the preparation for and […]

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 […]

Punjabi Writer Series: Gill Moranwali

UBC Asian Library is pleased to bring you the new display featuring the works of award-winning Punjabi writer, Gill Moranwali. Born in the village of Miranwali in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab, India, Gill Moranwali immigrated to Canada in 1970. In 1991 he obtained the “Punjabi Sahit Sabha Canada” award in recognition for his publications and […]

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 […]

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