Art and Cultural Exhibition Spaces

Book Exhibit: Chinese Association Publications in British Columbia

Yushan publicationDate: 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 social services to their members while resolving the community’s internal disputes and dealing with external pressures of discrimination and segregation.  The Chinese who came after the Second World War and especially the introduction of Point System in 1967 were largely different socially and occupationally from their predecessors. The role of traditional Chinese associations therefore declined and new community-based organizations offering immigrant services emerged.

This book exhibit showcases publications of Chinese associations in B.C., focusing primarily on publications by associations formed in the early 20th century.  These are titles collected at the UBC Asian Library, including items donated by Xiaru Wu (伍俠儒), Alex Chan, as well as titles selected from the Bick Lee (李日如) Collection, Foon Sien Wong (黃文甫) Collection, and the Wallace Chung (蔣北扶) Collection. All these publications are valuable and important records of the Chinese Canadian history.

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

zhi yan zhai 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 Chinese language materials that are not fully described, including many books, manuscripts and hand-written copies from Ming  Dynasty. For more information about the Chinese Rare and Special collections at the UBC Asian Library, please visit http://guides.library.ubc.ca/rarechinese/specollection

During the past few years, the library has invested considerable resources in digitizing and cataloguing Chinese ancient rare books. Funded by Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Mellon Foundation, the library is gradually revealing the previously hidden rare collections at UBC, so that they can be accessible to scholars worldwide. For more information about the CLIR Hidden Collection Project, please visit http://guides.library.ubc.ca/c.php?g=307429&p=2050152

Han wei liu chaoFor this exhibition, we selected 14 Chinese rare books from our collection, including books about Chinese classical literature, politics, philosophy, history, geography, and art.  These rare titles are all important works in the field of Chinese studies. The display brochure can be viewed here.

By preparing this exhibit, we are hoping to invite more students and scholars to use our distinguished Chinese rare collection. We welcome your comments to preserve and promote these Chinese heritage treasures.

Please contact the Chinese Language Librarian Crystal Yin (crystal.yin@ubc.ca) with any questions or thoughts.

Family History with a Smartphone: Community Showcase

Korean Language Resources Guide

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 Library, the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre is offering a two-part workshop in April and May. Learn how stories are gathered, and how the histories of Asian migrants to British Columbia and Canada can be exhibited as an heirloom for generations to come.

For more information, please visit http://pchc-mom.ca/2016/03/21/family-history-with-a-smartphone-a-workshop-series/.

PCHC’s “Family History with a Smartphone” workshop series is a part of explorASIAN 2016, a month-long festival of Vancouver Asian Heritage.

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Asian Centre Book Art Installation

Naomi KasumiFrom 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 Laffin and Jinhua Chen.

The work, “MEM: memory • memorial no. 7 scriptorium,” consists of 8 tapestry-like books with 8 stories. Each panel creates a book out of 108 encaustic cards embedded with Japanese sutra calligraphy, digital images, Xerox images, personal writings, maple leaves, plants, and butterfly wings.

The books were coloured with natural tea dye and bee’s wax. In order to produce the pages in the book, the artist collected nearly 3,000 used tea bags over several years. After layering the variously hued tea bag “papers” into one page, she used white cotton thread to bind the pages together using over 5,000 stitches and knots. (click here for the artist’s statement)

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The organizers invite everyone to join us for an introduction to Naomi Kasumi and her work when the installation opens on March 15 at 4:30 pm in the Asian Centre lobby.

This exhibition is a part of the Conference, East Asian Manuscript and Print as Harbingers of the
Digital Future.  The installation was made possible thanks to the support of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the Peking University Institute for the Study of Buddhist Texts and Arts, and through collaboration with the UBC Centre for Japanese Research, Department of Asian Studies, and the Asian Library.

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Korean Folk Tale Book Illustration Exhibition

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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 fantastic folk tale collection! The display will be on until April 30th.

Books In Display

거울속에 누구요? (Kŏul sok e nuguyo?)
조경숙 (Cho Kyŏng-suk); Illustrated by윤정주 (Yun Chŏng-ju)
Call #: PZ50.541 .C46 2009

며느리 방귀 복 방귀 (Myŏnuri panggwi pok panggwi)
조호상 (Cho Ho-sang); Illustrated by오승민 (O Sŭng-min)
Call #: PZ50.541 .C465 2009

닷발 늘어져라 (Tat pal nŭrŏ chyŏra)
권정생 (Kwŏn Chŏng-saeng); Illustrated by김용철 (Kim Yong-chʻŏl)
Call #: PZ50.541 .K9 Ta 2009

Korean Folk Tale Book Illustration도깨비와 범벅장수 (Tokkaebi wa pŏmbŏk changsu)
이상교 (Yi Sang-gyo); Illustrated by한병호 (Han Pyŏng-ho)
Call #: PZ50.541 .Y3 2005

타러 총각  (Pok t’arŏ kan ch’onggak)
장철문 (Chang Ch’ŏl-mun); Illustrated by최용호 (Ch’oe Yong-ho)
Call #: PZ50.541 .C42 Po 2013

심청전 (Sim Ch’ŏng chŏn)
장철문 (Chang Ch’ŏl-mun); Illustrated by윤정주 (Yun Chŏng-ju)
Call #: PZ50.541 .C42 Si 2003

양반전 외 (Yangbanjŏn oe)
장철문 (Chang Ch’ŏl-mun); Illustrated by이현미 (Yi Hyŏn-mi)
Call #: PZ50.541 .C42 Ya 2004

호랑이와 곶감 (Horangi wa kotkam)
위기철 (Wi Ki-chʻŏl); Illustrated by김환영 (Kim Hwan-yŏng)
Call #: PZ50.541 .W5 2004

혹부리 할아버지 (Hokpuri harabŏji)
송언 (Song Ŏn); Illustrated by 이형진 (Yi Hyŏng-jin)
Call #: PZ50.541 .S67 2008

이야기 (Hŭin chwi iyagi)
장철문 (Chang Ch’ŏl-mun); Illustrated by윤미숙 (Yun Mi-suk)
Call #: PZ50.541 .C43 Hu 2006

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 UBC community. Visit our booth in the agora, check out the Lunar New Year books, get a pocket of luck, play games, win prizes, and learn how different Asian countries celebrate the Lunar New Year!

For more information about the Centennial Lunar New Year Festival, please visit http://diversity.ubc.ca/lunar-new-year-festival/

Tuesday to Friday, February 9-12
9:00am – 5:00pm @ the Asian Centre/Library
There will be a Lunar New Year display and delicious food sampling of traditional snacks at the library circulation.  Visitors to the Asian Library may receive a pocket of luck!

Lunar New Year Poster

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 from the Keio University Institute of Oriental Classics, this workshop is a rare opportunity to view, handle, and learn about Japanese materials from the ancient period to the present.

Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Place: Lillooet Room (Room 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall) (map)

Please register with Professor Christina Laffin at Christina.Laffin@ubc.ca by January 25, 2016.

Jpn Rare Books Workshop

GAA Reference Hours

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Other than the regular reference hours (i.e. Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Asian Library will have Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA) manning our Reference Desk during the peak time from Monday to Thursday. They can help patrons in their own language areas while answering basic to intermediate reference questions in general. Welcome to drop by and talk to one of our GAAs!

Day Hours Language Coverage
Monday 1-3 p.m. Chinese
Tuesday 1-3 p.m. Japanese
Wednesday 1-3 p.m. Korean
Thursday 1-3 p.m. Indic languages

These new GAA reference hours will run from January 18 to April 1, 2016 in term II.

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

Nitobe Memorial Garden in snowNitobe Memorial Garden exhibition at Asian Centre 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 CAUSA / UBC Film Society collaboration at Norman Bouchard Memorial Theatre, 6138 Student Union Boulevard (map)
• Saturday January 16th 7:00 pm: HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (Alain Resnais, 1959)
• Saturday January 16th 9:00 pm: FLOATING WEEDS (Yasujiro Ozu, 1959)
• Sunday January 24th 7:00 pm: DOUBLE SUICIDE (Masahiro Shinoda, 1969)

Past Event:

A One-Day Symposium
Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2016
Time: 10am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 4pm
Place: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Lillooet Room

Speakers: CAUSA Research Curators in association with:
• Adrian Archambault, cultural studies archivist
• Donald Luxton, architectural heritage consultant and advocate
• Bryan Mulvihill, tea ceremony educator, Urasenke Foundation of Vancouver
• Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, landscape architect
• Terence Russell, Asian Studies Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
• Ryo Sugiyama, curator, Nitobe Memorial Garden, University of British Columbia

Two Lectures hosted by CAUSA in association with the Asian Library
Date: Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Place: Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall (map)

  1. “Design of Kurimoto Japanese Garden – University of Alberta,” by Isao Nakase, Director General, Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo, Japan
  2. “Garden of Enlightenment of Tohoku,” by Koichi Kobayashi, Landscape Architect; Visiting Research Fellow, University of Hyogo, Japan

For more information visit http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/nitobe/ or email causa.research@gmail.com.

Asian Library Holiday Hours

Asian Library christmas 2015Asian Library’s opening hours during the Christmas and New Year holidays:

December 21 (Mon): 9am to 8pm
December 22-23 (Tue-Wed): 9am to 5pm
December 24 (Thu): 9am to 3pm
December 25 – January 3 (Fri-Sun): closed

We will resume our regular hours on Monday, January 4, 2016. Check out more at hours and locations.

The Korea Foundation’s 2016 Support for Korean Studies e-Resources Program

The Asian Library is pleased to announce that, after submitting an application in July 2015, the Library has just been approved to receive the Korea Foundation’s 2016 Support for Korean Studies e-Resources program, which provides US$4,000 in funding assistance for subscriptions to Korean e-resources.  With this generous grant from the Foundation, the Library will be able to continue to subscribe to the vital electronic databases for Korean Studies.

Asian Library Extended Open Hours During Exams

To accommodate students’ study schedules, Asian Library will be open extended hours on Fridays during the examination period:

December 11: 9am – 8pm
December 18: 9am – 8pm

Please also visit Hours and Locations to check out the open hours of different library branches.

Don’t walk alone if you travel late at night after study. Call Safewalk at 604-822-5355! This is a free service that provides a co-ed team of walkers to accompany you to your destination on campus.

 

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

LNY Community Call-out

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 – 5:00pm
Place: AMS Nest

You can help make the Festival a success! We are looking for volunteers, performers and information booths.
Sign up at diversity.ubc.ca/community-call-out

The Festival brings together the UBC community to celebrate a significant time of the year for many students, faculty and staff of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese heritage. You are invited to share in the excitement of Lunar New Year with interactive, educational and fun cultural activities for people of all ages. The Festival is free, family-friendly and accessible.

Asian Library partnership for Korean materials

LTI of Korea

The Asian Library is pleased to announce that UBC Library has been selected to be in the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea)’s Hub Library Membership Program to receive translated Korean literature and resources for research and education.  We are expecting to receive the materials from January 2016.  The LTI Korea was established by the Korean government to introduce Korean literature abroad.  The resources will greatly support the Korean literature and literary translation program at UBC.

Asian Library Fall Update 2015

Asian Library Fall Update 2015 – click here for the pdf version.

Asian LIbrary fall update

 

Great Reads for the Holidays

Click here to view the photos of the event!

Great Reads for the Holiday

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 the Great Reads Collection. Now, we have our own collection in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Indic available at the Asian Library!

UBC Asian Library will hold a Great Reads for the Holidays event where students, faculty, staff, and community members can come and enjoy refreshments, win prizes, read and borrow Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi and Punjabi Great reads, and chat with the librarians.

Great Reads collection available at the Asian Library:

CHINESE
Cong Deng Xiaoping dao Xi Jinping ・從鄧小平到習近平
Chu ban quan quan meng ・出版圈圈夢
Shuipingzi・水瓶子
…and more

JAPANESE
Nō gēmu nō raifu ・ノーゲーム ノーライフ
Toshokan sensō・図書館戦争
Tora dora! ・とらドラ!
…and more

INDIC
Ewa nā jīwiā jāe: nāwala
Eka aura ummīdavāra
Darda kā samandara
…and more

KOREAN (guides.library.ubc.ca/c.php?g=307080&p=2807752)
Misaeng ・미생
Ikki ・이끼
Pain ・파인
Yahu ・야후

For the full list please visit greatreads.library.ubc.ca and select Asian Library as the location.

Visit of Prof. Nobuyoshi Takashima

Japanese historian, educator and textbook author Takashima Nobuyoshi, Professor Emeritus of the University of Ryukyus, visited the Asian Library on October 15, prior to his special lecture at the C.K.Choi Building. He made a valuable donation of 12 volumes of Nihon no ronten (Thank you for completing our collection!), along with his wife (Takashima Michi)’s donation of Japan’s middle school history textbook.

During his visit, Professor Takashima viewed the Hayashi Rintaro collection from the Japanese Canadian Research Collection stored at the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections. Mr. Hayashi Rintaro, the namesake of the collection, was a student of Professor Takashima’s father Takashima Nobutaro, who was the first principal of the Steveston Japanese School from 1911 to 1921. Professor Takashima was very glad to find his father among the many photographs in the Hayashi Collection.

Professor Takashima is going to give a talk at Towards Reconciliation: The 70th Anniversary of the End of the WWII in the Asia-Pacific on Saturday, October 17. For more information visit: http://peacephilosophy.blogspot.ca/2015/09/towards-reconciliation-professor.html

Nobuyoshi & Michi

Prof. Nobuyoshi at Asian Library

 Prof. Nobuyoshi

New North Korean Film collection

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The Asian Library recently acquired a comprehensive North Korean film collection with the generous funding support from the UBC Centre for Korean Research.  In the format of DVDs, the collection holds films produced in each decade of the 20th century since the 1960s, all the way through the 21st century. This film collection will provide another angle into the mysterious country people seem to fear and misunderstand in equal measure.

Please click here for the collection brochure.

You can also check out the full title list of films here.

 

New GAA Reference Hours

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Starting from October 5, other than the regular reference hours (i.e. Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Asian Library will have Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA) manning our Reference Desk during the peak time from Monday to Thursday. They can help patrons in their own language areas while answering basic to intermediate reference questions in general. Welcome to drop by and talk to one of our GAAs!

Day Hours Language Coverage
Monday 1-3 p.m. Indic languages
Tuesday 1-3 p.m. Korean
Wednesday 1-3 p.m. Chinese
Thursday 1-3 p.m. Japanese

This new GAA reference hours will run from October 5 to December 4, 2015 in term I and from January 18 to April 11, 2016 in term II.

Asian Library New Food & Drink Policy

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Effective immediately, no food is being consumed in any public area in the Asian Library.

To ensure the protection and preservation of library collections, and to provide a comfortable and clean environment for studying, Asian Library enforces a new and strict food and drink policy starting from September 18, 2015. Under the new policy, library users may not eat in any public space inside the library. They may drink from closed, spill-proof containers.

Library staff or workers will request those who do not respect this policy to dispose of food and beverages (in unapproved containers). Please store, out of sight, any food and drinks intended for later consumption elsewhere.

Recycling, green and garbage bins can be found in the Asian Centre foyer. Please sort out and deposit your recyclable beverage containers and food scrap into the appropriate bin.

Acceptable

Not Acceptable
Drinks that are in spill-proof containers Food, including candy and snacks
Open drink containers, including pop cans, juice boxes, and milk cartons

Thank you for the cooperation.

A Tang Painting Scene Reconstructed 重構唐人宮樂圖

Tang music displayCome 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 late Tang dynasty. The display project is a collaboration between the UBC Asian Library and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver Museum, with instruments generously loaned by Dr. Alan Thrasher, Professor Emeritus of the UBC School of Music, and Chinese calligraphy created by Mr. Yim Tse.

In “History through Qupai”, Alan Lau has created a display/semi-installation which traces the history of Chinese music by focusing on a form of music called qupai, through its inception during the Tang dynasty (618-907AD) to the present time.

The displays are now on until November 21, 2015.

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Changes in Japanese reference support

Japanese Collection

Our Japanese Librarian Shirin Eshghi is on leave for the year of 2015. We regret that support for Japanese language related questions will be available for only so many hours per week. Please note that the expected wait time for requests will also increase.

 Please direct your reference related questions to Yoonkyung Kim at: japanese.library.support@ubc.ca. Questions on walk-in basis and appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 3pm.

Display in memory of Master Toa Wong – Legend of Cantonese Opera

In Memory of Wong ToaMaster 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 costumes in UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA). On January 17, 2008, Asian Library, UBC St. John’s College, MOA, Office of AVP International Community Partners, as well as Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, C.A.R.E. Housing Society and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. hosted the “Honouring Master Wong Toa” event (梨園拾趣: 表揚粵劇大師黃滔) as part of the UBC Centennial Program.

This exhibit includes Master Wong’s donations to the Asian Library, which contains Cantonese opera recording cassette tapes, Cantonese opera learning materials, and scores of Cantonese opera music.  Most of them are Master Wong’s private collections and some are his own works.

The display is dedicated to record and honor Master Wong’s remarkable contribution to the Cantonese opera in British Columbia.  Come and visit the display at the Asian Centre foyer until November 20, 2015.

See also: Display Honouring Master Toa Wong 梨園樂韻在卑詩 (2008)

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. Yao is the Project Consultant of the UBC/UW CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) Hidden Collection Project, working at the UBC Asian Library and Rare Books and Special Collections in April and May this year.  For more information about the CLIR project, please visit http://guides.library.ubc.ca/clir.

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Summer Book Display: The Education of the Women as Citizens of “Modern Japan”

Modern Japan, Modern WomenUBC 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” in fact mean the same thing, or similar or different, to both women and men? What did the new nation-state expect of its women, and how did they respond?

Our exhibit features select items from the Asian Library collections that help us glean how women at every stage of life were shaped to become part of the modern nation-state, and the social dynamics in accepting, or reacting to, that expectation. Some women were out in front and became pioneers in learning new things from the Western Powers and educating future generations. Some obediently followed the track laid out by the new nation-state toward becoming “good wife, wise mother” (良妻賢母, ryōsai kenbo), a slogan adopted from Victorian England. Some of course were more revolutionary—taking advantage of these new societal changes or refused to accept the ascribed gender role—and went their own ways.

Featured in the display include reports and photographs of schools, women’s magazines, satirical cartoons and advertisements reflecting new views on women. The exhibit also provides an opportunity to explore how the rhetoric of “modern women” evolved with the emerging imperialism and colonialism, and later picked up by colonized countries around Japan.

Please contact either Japanese Library Support at japanese.library.support@ubc.ca or phone the Asian Library Circulation Desk at (604) 822-2427 with any questions or thoughts. We are looking forward to your visit!

Click here for the exhibit brochure to find out more resources.

 

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!

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 working on.

Professor Boyue Yao discusses the significance of UBC Library's Asian materials.

Professor Boyue Yao discusses the significance of UBC Library’s Asian materials.

From left to right: Professor Boyue Yao, UBC's University Librarian, Ingrid Parent, and Mr. Ya min Wu, a special researcher at UBC's Asian Library.

From left to right: Professor Yao, Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, and Ya min Wu, a special researcher at UBC’s Asian Library.

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A collection of rare Chinese materials were on display.

 

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

The Book of Songs

The Book of Songs

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: phoebe.chow@ubc.ca / 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 collections come to UBC Asian Library, has drawn a lot of attention from the academia because of its high value and rarity.

Professor Boyue Yao, Rare Book Librarian from Beijing University Library and Dr. Bruce Rusk from UBC Department of Asian Studies will give a lecture on Pang Jingtang Collection on May 19. They will lead you through the history of this special collection and introduce the authentication process of some of the books in the collection.

Xiong Tingbi and Yang Lian letters

Xiong Tingbi and Yang Lian letters

The audience will be able to learn the valuable experience of these two scholars and get a glimpse of the mysteries of ancient Chinese literature.

Speakers: Prof. Boyue Yao Peking University Library)&
Dr. Bruce RuskUBC Department of Asian Studies)
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Address: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building (1855 West Mall, Vancouver)

The lecture will be in Mandarin with English translation.
Please RSVP to phoebe.chow@ubc.ca / 604-827-2760

Buddhism, Christianity and the Silk Road: An talk with Dr. Frances Wood

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)

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What is Ŭigwe (의궤 儀軌)?

Literally meaning “a model for rituals”, Ŭigwe is a collection of records on the preparation for and conduct of state-sponsored events and ceremonies involving key members of the Chosŏn Royal Family. The Chosŏn Dynasty ŭigwe texts were included in the 2007 UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program

Our exhibit will feature materials on Ŭigwe (의궤 儀軌) from the UBC Asian Library. Ceremonial records in the form of ŭigwe were kept throughout Chosŏn, indicating the value placed on ritual propriety in the Confucian world. They are also very meaningful in what they reveal about the philosophy and systems of Chosŏn rule. This exhibit will provide an opportunity to obtain a full appreciation of how important the ŭigwe collection is and how thorough Chosŏn recordkeeping was.

Please contact either Hana Kim, UBC Asian Library Head, by email at hn.kim@ubc.ca OR phone the Asian Library Circulation Desk at (604) 822-2427 with any questions. We are looking forward to your visit!

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One year subscription to NK News (North Korean News)

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Responding to our patron needs, UBC Library has been investigating ways on how best to increase access to and gather more reliable information about North Korea.  We are now pleased to announce that with generous funding support from the Centre for Korean Research at the Institute of Asian Research, we have managed to secure a one-year subscription of NK News.

Funded primarily by its subscribers, NK News is a unique and independent voice focusing on today’s North Korea. Content includes breaking news, in-depth investigations, exclusive interviews and analysis from leading experts.  The majority of its contents and database are also available for English speaking audiences providing a range of data tools to aid research on North Korea.

Please contact Hana Kim, Head, Asian Library, at hn.kim@ubc.ca directly if you have any questions about the database.

Asian Library’s opening hours in April

Due to statutory holidays and UBC exam period in April, Asian Library opening hours will be changed on the following dates:

April 3 (Friday) – Closed
April 4 (Saturday) – Closed
April 6 (Monday) – Closed
April 17 (Friday) – 9am-8pm
April 24 (Friday) – 9am-8pm
April 29 (Wednesday) – 9am-5pm
April 30 (Thursday) – 9am-5pm

Please check out the up-to-date hours at http://hours.library.ubc.ca/#view-asian.

New Trial Resource – NK News

Asian Library Open Hours Change during Reading Week

The week of February 16 is the Reading Week in UBC.  Asian Library open hours will be changed as follows:

Monday, February 16 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, February 17 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 18 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday, February 19 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, February 20 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, February 21 closed (due to building maintenance)
Sunday, February 22 closed

We will resume our regular hours on Monday, February 23.  For more information, please check out at http://hours.library.ubc.ca/

Lunar New Year Celebration 2015

Lunar New Year 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 learners then demonstrate their Chinese language skills through songs, stories and comical performances. In the afternoon, participants can learn about the traditions and culture of Lunar New Year through various fun and informative activities!

Friday, February 13, 2015
10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, UBC
Free and open to the public

Main Event 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
UBC Library’s 100th Anniversary Cake-Cutting Ceremony
Lion Dance
Student Performances

 $2 Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30 pm (Chinese Food)

Cultural Booths 12:30 pm – 3:30pm
Korean Traditional Games
Calligraphy & Seal Engraving
Chinese Knots & Paper Crafts
Eating for Prosperity

Lunar New Year Celebration Display 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

To learn more about Lunar New Year, visit http://diversity.ubc.ca/

UBC Library Celebrates 100 Years!

Asian Library Holiday Hours 2014

In front of Asian CentreAsian Library open hours during the Christmas and New Year holidays:

December 15-16 (Mon-Tue): 9am to 8pm
December 17-19 (Wed-Fri): 9am to 5pm
December 20-21 (Sat-Sun): closed
December 22-23 (Mon-Tue): 9am to 5pm
December 24 (Wed): 9am to 3pm
December 25 – January 1 (Thu-Thu): closed
January 2 (Fri): 9am to 5pm
January 3-4 (Sat-Sun): closed

We will resume our regular hours on Monday, January 5, 2015. Check out other library branches’ hours and locations.

Asian Library Extended Open Hours During Exams

To accommodate students’ study schedules, Asian Library will be open extended hours on Fridays during the examination period:

December 5: 9am – 8pm
December 12: 9am – 8pm

Please also visit Hours and Locations to check out the open hours of different library branches.

Don’t walk alone if you travel late at night after study. Call Safewalk at 604-822-5355! This is a free service that provides a co-ed team of walkers to accompany you to your destination on campus.

Thank you for joining us in the “Japanese Design Today” lectures

Nearly 200 people came to the “Japanese Design Today” lectures that took place on October 23, 2014. The event, which was co-presented by the Japan Foundation and Asian Library with the sponsorship of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver and the Asian Studies Department,  featured two of the foremost experts on Japanese design. Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi (柏木博) from Musashino Art University spoke on common elements of current Japanese design, including cute and minimal design. Mr. Yoshifumi Nakamura (中村好文), an architect and furniture designer, delved into the construction and design of a one-person, minimalist hut.

Japanese Design Today lecture

Introduction by Shirin Eshghi, Japanese Language Librarian, UBC Asian Library

Japanese DesignToday

Presentation by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Musashino Art University, with English interpretation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interviews with Prof. Kashiwagi and Mr. Nakamura by Nikkei TV (in 2 parts):

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Puban Project Complete and Online!

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Lectures on Japanese design today

Japanese Design Today

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 2:00-4:30pm
Location: Asian Centre Auditorium, UBC (1871 West Mall)

This rare opportunity to learn about current trends in Japanese design and architecture will feature Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi from Musashino Art University, and Mr. Yoshifumi Nakamura, an architect and furniture designer who also teaches at the College of Industrial Technology at Nihon University. The afternoon will begin with highlights from the Design 100 Exhibition, showing in Toronto and Montreal this fall. This will be followed by a lecture by Professor Kashiwagi, who will provide a broad overview of Japanese contemporary design, which is rooted in the modernization projects of the 1920s. Mr. Nakamura, from the position of a practitioner in the field, will explain the characteristics of Japanese design. The two lecturers will reveal the depth and wide scope of Japanese design through the key words crafty, minimal, thoughtful, compact, and cute.

Lectures will be given in Japanese with English interpretation.

Presented by: Japan Foundation Toronto & UBC Library
Sponsors: Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver & UBC Asian Studies Department

Punjabi Writer Series: Gill Moranwali

Mr. and Mrs. Gill Moranwali

Mr. and Mrs. 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 two years later he received the “Rim Jhim Radio” award for his contributions in Vancouver.

Gill Moranwali is well-known in India, Pakistan, and Canada. Written more than fifty books in different Indian languages including Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi, Gill is one of few Canadian individuals who is interested in and pays effort to preserve Punjabi writings. He wrote about his Indo-Canadian experiences and the cultural aspects associated to his lifestyle. His style is focused and influenced by his Punjabi heritage. His poetry is based on love and for the people.

Babal Jaee Kee Kare” and “Amee Jaee Kee Kare” are his two most famous books. Both are examples of his couplet style poetry and are about the painful experiences women usually face in the Indian society. He writes of the values of Indian society and the gender inequality that exists.

Gill Moranwali also writes Punjabi ghazals. As Dr. Gurumel says, “in Punjabi ghazal writing, the name of Gill Moranwali is very popular. He is of simple nature with a calm mind yet his thoughts are full of depth.”

This new display is located on the upper floor of the Asian Library. For more information, please contact Sarbjit Randhawa, Indic Librarian at sarbjit.randhawa@ubc.ca.

Check out more about Gill Moranwali at http://youtu.be/g2TQGP5huOU (Community service-learning project by students in Dr. Anne Murphy’s Punjabi 300 class 2011-12).

Video of Professor Chia-ying Yeh’s birthday celebration is now on!

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On July 26, approximately 150 friends and students of Chia-ying Yeh, Professor Emerita of Asian Studies, gathered at the Asian Centre Auditorium to celebrate with her on her 90th birthday.

Hosted by 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, the celebration was also the Vancouver opening for the touring exhibition celebrating her life and work on her birthday.  To view the full program of the celebration, please click here.

Emcees Drs. Jan Walls and Lai Fong Leung

Emcees Drs. Jan Walls and Lai Fong Leung

Recitation of Yeh's poems and lyrics (L to R: Jan Walls, Ally Wang, Jenny Tse, Tommy Tao)

Recitation of Yeh’s poems and lyrics (R to L: Jan Walls, Ally Wang, Jenny Tse, Tommy Tao)

Guests presenting birthday gifts

Guests presenting birthday gifts

Happy Birthday to Professor Yeh!

Happy Birthday to Professor Yeh!

Exhibition at the Asian Centre foyer

Exhibition at the Asian Centre foyer

Exhibition on Library upper floor

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Exhibition celebrating life and work of Professor Chia-ying Yeh on her 90th birthday

Prof. Chia-Ying Yeh

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 Studies, on her 90th birthday this summer.

Professor Yeh is a worldwide renowned and esteemed scholar on Chinese classical literature. Born in 1924 in China, she graduated from the Fu Jen University in Beijing in 1945. She taught Chinese classical poetry at the National Taiwan University, Tamkang University and Fujen University in Taiwan in the 1950s and at the Michigan State University and Harvard University in the United States in the 1960s. Professor Yeh joined the UBC in 1969 and served till her retirement in 1989. In 1991, she was elected the Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is currently a member of the Central Research Institute of Culture and History and the Director of the Chinese Classical Cultural Research Institute, Nankai University in Tianjin, China.

The upcoming display will feature materials from earlier exhibitions in Taipei and Tianjin, including photographs and manuscripts, along with over hundred works of her that are collected by UBC Library. The exhibition will be held from July 28 to August 20, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., in the Asian Centre foyer and the upper floor of the Asian Library.

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