In the Media


[Interviews] HKSI Associate Dr. Henry Yu on “Learning History to Resist Hate”

October 9, 2017

"On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, UBC will host a Day of Learning to mark 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. We spoke to History Professor Henry Yu about the history of the Japanese Canadian Internment and why we need people trained in history, literature and the humanities to recognize and resist xenophobia and exclusion today."


[Media] HKSI Associate Dr. Miu Chung Yan on the rise of the number of Hong Kong migrants to Canada [OMNI Cantonese-BC]

September 15, 2017


[Media] HKSI Associates Dr. Henry Yu and Raymond Pai on the state of Cantonese in Vancouver [SCMP]

September 13, 2017

"Pai says 60 students signed up for his first course in 2015. There are now 300 students enrolled for the coming academic year in beginner, intermediate and advanced classes."


[Media] HKSI Associate Dr. Henry Yu on the 2016 census data

August 8, 2017

"Cantonese is no longer the predominant non-English language spoken in Metro Vancouver homes, according to 2016 census data."


[Media] Dr. Henry Yu, a HKSI Associate, on the relationship between drugs and race [CBC Radio]

July 20, 2017

"As University of British Columbia historian Henry Yu explains, the opium trade was carefully used to portray the Chinese community as an outside threat."


[Publications] Op-ed by Dr. Josephine Chiu-Duke, a HKSI Associate, on the passing of Liu Xiaobo [Vancouver Sun]

July 19, 2017

"To those who have been concerned with building a modern China that would realize and secure the values of its own humanistic tradition based on liberal democracy and the rule of law, Liu Xiaobo’s passing means that that empty chair in Oslo will never be filled by his person, and yet, so many of them believe Liu did not die, just like so many noble characters whom we encounter in life or in history and literature have never left us."


[Media] HKSI partners with Ming Pao (Vancouver) on HK20

July 7, 2017

The Hong Kong Studies Initiative is pleased to have partnered with Ming Pao (Vancouver) and the Vancouver Hong Kong Forum Society to produce a series of reports on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong.


[Media] Vancouver still shaped by Hong Kong handover two decades later [CBC]

July 2, 2017

"Twenty years later we live in a completely transformed city," says Dr. Henry Yu, a HKSI Associate, on the influence of Hong Kong immigrants.


[Media] Dr. Leo Shin on the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong [SCMP]

July 2, 2017

“. . . . So Hong Kong is not just some city out there we pay attention to every five years or whenever there is violence or a protest—it’s at the forefront of the influence of China," says Dr. Leo Shin.


[Media] Chinese Canadian Literature In the Asian Canadian Canon—An Interview with Dr. Laifong Leung [Ricepaper]

June 13, 2017

Dr. Laifong Leung, a HKSI Associate, speaks to Ricepaper about her upcoming course on the literature of Hong Kong, among other topics.