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    • [Presentation] Re-framing UBC through an Asian Canadian Lens

       

      20th Jul 2017 11:30 am
      Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Room 261

      While UBC has long exemplified the educational aspirations of its diverse communities, its development into a global university cannot be separated from larger histories and ongoing legacies of systemic settler colonialism, racism, and discrimination. This presentation focuses on recent efforts to engage with diverse Asian Canadian communities in the context of an increasingly diverse student body and the university’s growing awareness of its location on the Pacific Rim.

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    • [Commemoration] Liu Xiaobo (1955–2017)

       

      19th Jul 2017 4:00 pm
      Room 120, C. K. Choi Building

      Please join associates and guests of the Centre for Chinese Research for a special gathering to commemorate the life of Liu Xiaobo, writer, scholar, and conscientious intellectual who, for his steadfast and non-violent struggle for constitutional democracy and fundamental human rights in China, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

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    • [Performance] Multi Voices One Heart: Celebrating Canada 150 in Cantonese Opera

       

      7th Jul 2017 7:00 pm
      Michael J. Fox Theatre

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    • [Presentation] The Art of Drag: A Special Viewing of 1920s Cantonese Opera Costumes Designed for Gender Impersonation

       

      7th Jul 2017 2:00 pm
      Museum of Anthropology

      Join us for a glimpse of the fascinating collection at the Museum of Anthropology facilitated by Dr. Nancy Rao and Dr. April Liu.

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    • [Presentation] Cantonese Opera in the Garden

       

      6th Jul 2017 12:00 pm
      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

      Ms WONG Chiu Kwan, a leading Cantonese opera star from Hong Kong, will reveal the secret of how woman warriors in Cantonese opera manage to perform on bound feet, and Mr LAU Wing Chuen, the Cantonese opera maestro who has taught generations of professional and amateur singers on both sides of the Pacific, will invite his band to accompany two of his students to illustrate the unique dynamics between the singers and musicians in Cantonese opera.

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    • [Lecture] Spectacular Opera Across Borders: Cantonese Opera Theaters in North America during the 1920s

       

      6th Jul 2017 10:00 am
      Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College

      In this talk, I will discuss how the transnational connection allowed the mobility of capital, performers and performance practices across both obvious and hidden boundaries, steered by business partnerships and amorphous webs of family kinship. In particular, as primary entertainment in the Chinese community, Chinatown theaters in the 1920s were deeply woven into the financial, political, social and familial fabrics of Chinese communities in North America.

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    • [Screening] Student projects for HIST 482 (The Heritage of Chinese Migration)

       

      26th Jun 2017 7:30 pm
      Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College

      Join us for a community film screening for HIST 482: The Heritage of Chinese Migration, a class taught by Dr. Henry Yu, a HKSI Associate. Program This year, 8 students from UBC and 10 students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong  travelled around Kaiping, Hong Kong, and Vancouver to study Chinese migration histories and...

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    • [Book Launch] Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers: Biography, Bibliography, and Critical Assessment

       

      23rd Jun 2017 7:00 pm
      Richmond Public Library, Brighouse

       

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    • [Alumni Event] Discovering the Humour of Hong Kong

       

      22nd Jun 2017 7:00 pm
      Park Lane Hotel

      Join Christopher Rea, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature in the UBC Department of Asian Studies and Associate Member of the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative, for an exploration of the important ways that humour has informed the Hong Kong story. Moderated by Barbara Miles, UBC’s Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement.

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    • [Screenings] Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997–2017

       

      1st Jun 2017

      Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, JUNE 1-23 OPENING NIGHT | THURSDAY, JUNE 1 FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE 6:30pm – Reception with refreshments 7:30pm – Echoes of a Rainbow | Introduced by Hong Kong filmmakers Alex Law and Mabel Cheung This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region...

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    • [Screening] Under Fire: Inside a Chinese Roasted Meats Shop in Vancouver

       

      27th May 2017 1:00 pm
      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

      Join us for the screening of Under Fire: Inside a Chinese Roasted Meats Shop in Vancouver produced by Christy Fong and Denise Fong, followed by a panel discussion on historical and contemporary activism in Chinatown. Produced in 2016 for UBC FIPR 469a, Under Fire has screened at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and was a nominee for the VAFF Best Canadian Short Award 2016.

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    • [Presentations] Asia Connect Student Working Group Showcase

       

      27th May 2017 1:00 pm
      Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University

      The event comprises 11 post-secondary students from B.C. (UBC, SFU, UFV, and TRU) who have researched on topics related to youth and contemporary issues in Asia for the past 20 weeks.

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    • [Forum] Causeway Bay Books founder to speak on the right to freedom of speech in Hong Kong (in Cantonese)

       

      19th May 2017 7:00 pm
      Auditorium, Asian Centre

      Mr. Lam Wing-kee, founder of Causeway Bay Books, will speak on freedom of speech in Hong Kong.

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    • [Various] Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival

       

      1st May 2017

      Friends in Vancouver should not miss the festivities of the Asian Heritage Month.

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    • [Community] One Woman, One Movement (in Cantonese)

       

      28th Apr 2017 7:00 pm
      Richmond Public Library

      Prof. Petula Sik-ying Ho, broadcaster, best-selling author, filmmaker, activist, and one of Hong Kong's leading public intellectuals, will share her personal experience during and after the Umbrella Movement.

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    • [Screening] ACAM 350 Student Film Screening

       

      28th Apr 2017 6:00 pm
      Buchanan A101

      We are proud to present 8 short films created for UBC Asian Canadian & Asian Migration studies’ first course, ACAM 350: Asian Canadian Community Media. The films, which seek to engage communities in making ethical collaborations, cover a wide range of topics. Each film is between 8-11 minutes long. Invite your friends and family!

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    • [Conversation] Sexuality, Gender & Intimate Justice—A Dialogue with Petula Sik-Ying Ho

       

      28th Apr 2017 2:00 pm
      Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University

      Which is more difficult: finding true love or fighting for true democracy? Prof. Ho will engage the audience in a dialogue on “intimate justice” and share her research and creative work on the relation between social justice/injustice and intimate relationships. Drawing on experience of her political activism during Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement, she will also examine how ideas about gender, love, sex, and marriage change in times of political turbulence.

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    • [Community] The Lives of Cantopop: A Conversation with Brenda Lo and Stephen Yiu-wai Chu (in Cantonese)

       

      27th Apr 2017 3:30 pm
      Performance Hall, Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

      Has the death of Cantopop been exaggerated? How should we make sense of the widely-perceived decline of Cantonese popular music? Please join Ms. Brenda Lo and Prof. Stephen Yiu-wai Chu, both veteran observers of the popular music scene in Hong Kong, in a lively and memorable exploration of the lives of Cantopop.

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    • [Symposium] Hong Kong: 20 Years After

       

      26th Apr 2017 4:00 pm
      Room 120, C. K. Choi Building

      The past two decades have not been the best of times for Hong Kong. What have been the sources of tensions for this former British colony? As Hong Kong is set to enter the Carrie Lam era, what promises does Deng Xiaoping's formulation of "One Country, Two Systems" still hold for this special administrative region of China? Please join our distinguished panel for conversations and reflections.

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    • [Exhibition] Danny Yung’s Tian Tian Xiang Shang

       

      22nd Apr 2017
      Nelson Square

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    • [Performance] Hong Kong Exile: Room 2048

       

      11th Apr 2017
      Firehall Arts Centre

      "Room 2048"—a dream machine for the Cantonese diaspora. In digital light and smoke, we pursue a history that is not ours. A living past, a dying future, and a stillborn present. We will lie. We will cheat. We will spend a thousand years here.

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    • [2017 Wat Lecture] Living the Cultural Revolution: Impact Events and the Making of Cultural Memory

       

      15th Mar 2017 6:00 pm
      Auditorium, Asian Centre

      Why is it that for a while in the early 2000s, Mao’s portrait dangled in almost every taxi? Why is it that Mao’s image is to be found everywhere today, in high-market as well as popular accessories? Why do numerous Chinese websites feature memories of producing and consuming Maoist propaganda art? Why do people get married in “Cultural Revolution style”? Why are the model works and revolutionary songs most prominent during the Cultural Revolution reproduced in never-ending varieties of pop, rock and jazz covers, even in karaoke bars, and on home videos? Why, in short, do people appreciate the products of a period in Chinese history known for its radical politics and the horrors it inflicted on so many?

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    • [Seminar] Hong Kong Stories: A Historical Perspective

       

      15th Mar 2017 2:00 pm
      Richard Charles Lee Canada–Hong Kong Library

      Friends in Toronto are welcome to join Dr. Leo Shin and Dr. Clement Tong (of Carey Theological Seminary) for a conversation on the history of Hong Kong at the Richard Charles Lee Canada–Hong Kong Library.

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    • [Community] Presentation on Chinese Canadian history

       

      19th Feb 2017 2:30 pm
      Richmond Public Library

      From the Richmond Public Library: In celebration of Heritage Week and Canada's 150th Anniversary, we invite you to join this wonderful informative and interactive presentation on Chinese Canadian history. Join Hayne Wai, former President of CCHSBC and UBC sessional instructor, and Dominique Bautista, Richmond local, educator and story teller, as they share their passion for Chinese Canadian history including Richmond's Chinese Bunkhouse at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

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    • [Workshop] 2017 Asian Studies Annual Careers Night

       

      15th Feb 2017 6:00 pm
      Auditorium, Asian Centre

      The Department of Asian Studies is pleased to invite you to our Annual Asian Studies Careers Night on Wednesday, February 15th. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain advice and network with people who have found exciting careers after an Asian Studies degree.

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    • [Symposium] New Directions in
 Transpacific Cultural Research

       

      9th Feb 2017 5:00 pm
      Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University

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    • [Community] The Post-CY Leung Era of Hong Kong 香港的後梁振英時代 (in Cantonese)

       

      6th Jan 2017 7:00 pm
      Performance Hall, Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

      Hong Kong as a society has become more and more divided in the last five years. How will it fare in the post-Leung Chun-ying era, and why should those of us in Canada pay attention?

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    • [Seminar] The “National Question” and the Stories of Hong Kong

       

      23rd Nov 2016 4:00 pm
      Room 1197, Buchanan Tower

      Recent debates concerning whether the people of Hong Kong constitute a “nation” or man zuk (Mandarin: min zu) have injected much heat and passion to the on-going political struggles in the former British colony. Yet, even among the political and intellectual elites, few in the territory have embraced the notion of a “Hong Kong nation.” The reasons for this are many. One has to do with the ambiguities and tensions embedded in the notion of man zuk. Another has to do with the primary identification by many in the territory with the “Chinese nation.” But, above all, the reason seems to be that “nation-building” has, at least until recently, not been part of the story about Hong Kong.

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    • [Screening] Yellowing 亂世備忘—A Documentary on the Umbrella Movement

       

      22nd Nov 2016 6:30 pm
      Frederic Wood Theatre

      The turmoil that has overtaken Hong Kong since its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 has spawned a new generation of young, passionately committed activist filmmakers; they want to tell Hong Kong’s story with Hong Kong voices. And the best indie documentary to have emerged so far from the HKSAR is this year’s Yellowing, by Chan Tze Woon, a 29-year-old with degrees in policy studies and film production.

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    • [2011 Wat Lecture] Literary Adaptation and Cultural Negotiation in Hong Kong Cinema of the 1950s

       

      5th Oct 2011 7:00 pm
      Auditorium, Asian Centre

      Contrary to the common belief that Hong Kong cinema excels only in martial arts and gangster genres but has little to do with literature, recent research (Hong Kong Film and Literature Filmography, 1913-2000 [Hong Kong: Centre for Humanities Research, Lingnan University, 2005]) has shown that more than a thousand Hong Kong films have been adapted from literature since the beginning of the film industry (with the 1950s and 1960s as the high points). This talk will examine how Hong Kong culture has evolved since the 1950s, and it will examine how directors and writers drew on traditional and modern Chinese literary works as well as foreign and popular resources to develop alternative Chinese cultures—cultures that would not have been possible to develop in Mainland China.

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