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[Courses] Summer Go Global Seminar: The Heritage of Chinese Migration

October 10, 2017

Students will have opportunities to explore, experience, and conduct research, in a rigorous scholarly manner, applying the latest research perspectives on the history, cultures, an geographies of Cantonese migration from the “Szeyup” or “Four Counties” area of Canton (Guangdong) Province, the home region of the majority of the overseas Chinese who went to Canada in the 19th and 20th century. Information sessions: 1. Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (4pm, Wesbrook 300); 2. Thursday, October 12, 2017 (12:30pm, Wesbrook 300)


[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."


[Opportunities] Arts Internship Program

October 3, 2017

"The Arts Internship Program offers meaningful, career-related experiences that enable students to expand their resumes and build transferable skills. Internships integrate academic learning with practical work experience, helping students gain network connections outside of the university and better knowledge of career paths."


[Canto] Cantonese language classes offered by UBC Club HK

October 1, 2017

"Interested in learning Cantonese? Come and join our canto class, where you pick up basic Cantonese communication skills, equipping you for interesting conversations with everyone!"


[Webcast] Hong Kong’s Folk Music and Local Culture: The Art of a Cantonese Blind Singer

September 29, 2017

Thank you very much for coming out to support the launch of the second season of the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative. For friends who might have missed the event, here are the webcast and photo album.


[Opportunities] HKSAR Civil Service Recruitment

September 22, 2017

Information regarding civil service recruitment of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


[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."


[Publications] Congratulations to HKSI Associate Dr. Christopher Rea (and Dr. Bruce Rusk of Asian Studies) on the publication of their new book, “The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection”

September 12, 2017

"This is an age of deception. Con men ply the roadways. Bogus alchemists pretend to turn one piece of silver into three. Devious nuns entice young women into adultery. Sorcerers use charmed talismans for mind control and murder. A pair of dubious monks extorts money from a powerful official and then spends it on whoring. A rich student tries to bribe the chief examiner, only to hand his money to an imposter. A eunuch kidnaps boys and consumes their "essence" in an attempt to regrow his penis. These are just a few of the entertaining and surprising tales to be found in this seventeenth-century work, said to be the earliest Chinese collection of swindle stories."


[Positions] Tenure-Track Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Hong Kong Literature and Culture

September 11, 2017

"Applications are invited for tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Hong Kong Literature and Culture in the School of Humanities (Comparative Literature), to commence on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract."