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 […]

UBC Day of Learning Event Recap

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 […]

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 […]

From Wenzhou to Vancouver, From Yale to Oxford: Journey of Knowledge Archaeology of a Freelance Writer

With speaker SHEN Jia (沈迦) Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. Venue: Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall Language: Mandarin 以商品经济闻名遐迩的浙江温州,其老城区里有一座百年历史的基督教堂,但教堂创建者的名字及其作为这座城市现代化奠基人的事迹却被有意无意淹埋在波云诡谲的历史里。童年时曾随祖母去这座教堂礼拜的沈迦,大学读了新闻系,毕业后做过记者、编辑、商人,然后在十余年前移民来到了温哥华。在安静的温哥华,他依托近代史料宏富的UBC亚洲图书馆,从童年的家乡记忆出发,通过爬梳档案、田野调查、口述访谈,历时六年,跨越亚欧美三大洲,以知识考古学的方式还原了这位名叫苏慧廉的英国传教士波澜壮阔的一生,及其与中国近代史一咏三叹的关联。 成书于温哥华的《寻找·苏慧廉》2013年在台湾、大陆相继出版后一纸风行,当年即获评中国“年度十大好书”,凤凰卫视还据此拍摄了同名记录片。 In the old quarter of Wenzhou, a well-known city for its commodity economy in Zhejiang Province, stands a Christian church built about one century ago. However, the name of the builder […]

UBC Day of Learning

Welcoming AAPS members to the Asian Centre and Asian Library

This summer the Asian Library offered two tours to the members of the Association of Administrative & Professional Staff (AAPS), the professional association for the Management and Professional (M&P) staff group at UBC. The tours took place on July 6 and August 29 with a total of 30 M&P Staff from 18 departments attended.  Phoebe […]

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 […]

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 […]

Double Exposure: Symposium and Exhibit Recap

Double Exposure: Symposium and Exhibit Recap

UBC Asian Library and Rare Books and Special Collections successfully hosted a symposium to showcase the recently acquired John Cooper Robinson collection; a collection of photographs that were taken by a Canadian missionary who resided in Japan during the late 19th to early 20th century. The event attracted 40 participants on March 24, and was […]

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 […]

Thank you for joining the Lunar New Year celebration!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Asian Library!

The Year of the Rooster is approaching! Join the Asian Library & the Department of Asian Studies on Friday January 27 to celebrate the Lunar New Year! It’s free and open to the public. Library programs will be on from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm.  There are games, food, and more. Visitors to the Asian […]

Asian-Language Book Club Events Recap

The Asian Library joined forces with UBC Alumni to successfully launch two Asian-language book clubs this fall! Each book club offered a “meet and greet” session followed by a book discussion about a month later. Chinese Language Book Club Featuring Dr. Laifong Leung’s new book History of Literary Interactions between China and Canada 《中外文學交流史 中國-加拿大卷》, […]

Living Library Pilot

Date: Thursday November 3, 2016 Time: 6:00-7:30 pm Place: UBC Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) (map) Co-hosts: UBC Asian Library and  Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration Admission: Free, but please register. A Living Library Program makes people—rather than books—available for checkout. In the Asian Library context, such a program would provide a […]

Living Library Pilot

Asian-Language Book Clubs

The UBC Asian Library in partnership with Alumni UBC will be offering two Asian-language book clubs (in Japanese and Chinese) in October/November this year: Chinese-Language Book Club Session 1: Meet & Greet – Monday October 24, 7:00-8:30 pm Session 2: Discussion – Monday November 21, 7:00-9:00 pm Both sessions are held at room 604, Asian […]

Family History with a Smartphone: Community Showcase

Family History with a Smartphone

Do you have an elder in your family who has stories to tell but few members of the family have heard them? Would you like to learn how to record and preserve the stories of struggle and triumph of your parents or grandparents for your own children and grandchildren to know? In partnership with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Japanese Rare Books Workshop

The UBC Department of Asian Studies, Asian Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, Centre for Japanese Research, Peking University Institute for the Study of Buddhist Texts and Arts, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies invite you to a workshop on the history and handling of Japanese rare books. Instructed by Professor Takahiro Sasaki […]

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 […]

Be a part of the UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival!

Join us in February 2016 when UBC celebrates the Year of the Monkey in grand style. The UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival is a great opportunity for the UBC community to get involved in one of the campus’ largest cultural events. UBC Centennial Lunar New Year Festival Date: Friday, February 5, 2016 Time: 1:00pm […]

Great Reads for the Holidays

Click here to view the photos of the event! Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm Location: Asian Centre 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Great Reads at UBC Library was launched in 2011 to provide leisure-reading to community members, students, faculty, and staff. In fall 2015, the Asian Library began building […]

Recording of Chinese rare materials lecture is now on YouTube

More than 50 people joined us on May 19 in the UBC Library Chinese Rare Materials lecture. Thank you to Prof. Boyue Yao (姚伯岳教授) from the Peking University Library and Dr. Bruce Rusk (阮思德教授) from the UBC Department of Asian Studies for sharing the history of Pang Jingtang Collection and introducing its authentication process. Prof. […]

From Buddhism to Nestorian Christianity: The importance of the Silk Roads in the movement of ideas and religions across Central Asia

Welcome to Professor Yao Baoyue!

Welcome to Professor Yao Baoyue!

Professor Boyue Yao (姚伯岳), Rare Book Librarian from Beijing University Library, recently joined the Library to work on the CLIR Hidden Collection project. Library Development and the Asian Library recently hosted a small reception on April 16 to welcome Professor Yao to the Library, and to showcase some of the rare materials he will be […]

Chinese Rare Materials in UBC Library: focusing on Pang Jingtang Collection

UBC 圖書館珍貴的中國古文獻收藏:從龐鏡塘收藏說起 UBC 圖書館擁有異常豐富的中國古文獻收藏,吸引著世界各地的學者絡繹前往。其中最新入館的龐鏡塘藏書更以其珍貴稀見,引起學術界的高度關注。應邀前來鑒定龐鏡塘藏書的北京大學圖書館姚伯岳教授,將和UBC亞洲學系阮思德教授同臺亮相,講述龐鏡塘特藏的前世今生,介紹部分藏品的鑒定過程。聽眾將得以分享學者們的寶貴經驗,一窺中國古文獻的奧秘。 主講: 姚伯岳教授(北京大學圖書館)及 阮思德教授 (UBC亞洲學系) 日期: 二零一五年五月十九日(星期二) 時間: 下午二時三十分至四時 地點: UBC 蔡章閣樓120室 (1855 West Mall, Vancouver) 講座以中文進行, 附英文翻譯 報名及查詢: / 604-827-2760 UBC Library has an extremely rich collection of ancient Chinese literature, which has attracted a great number of scholars from around the world. Pang Jingtang Collection, one of the latest […]

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