Head Tax Database Workshop – Sun Woy

Head Tax Database Workshop – Sun Woy

The mapping of geographic names recorded in the head tax database was launched in the fall of 2008 by the Asian Library.  It took 20 rounds of community–based meetings with Taishanese and Zhongshanese-speaking participants to match the towns and villages of origin reported by 90% of immigrants from these two counties with the geographical names […]

Asian Library orientation video is now on YouTube!


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 […]

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 for branch hours.

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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