Minor in Asian Language and Culture (Hong Kong)

The Department of Asian Studies is pleased to offer undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia the option to pursue a minor in Asian Language and Culture with a focus on Hong Kong.

For the most up-to-date requirements, please consult the UBC Academic Calendar (scroll down for the section “Minor in Asian Language and Culture”) or the departmental undergraduate advisor.

Core courses:

The University of British Columbia is the only Canadian university to offer a comprehensive, for-credit Cantonese language program.

The history, culture, languages, and identities of the multi-faceted Cantonese worlds, in the context of Chinese history and the Cantonese diaspora

Explores the literature of Hong Kong from the late 19th century up to the present. Its goals are to introduce to students the transformation and basic features of Hong Kong literature, the works of important writers, and to further their skills in literary appreciation and analysis.

A survey of the cinema of Hong Kong from the post-war period to the present. The influence of Hong Kong on global cinema, and the forces (artists, studios, audiences, etc.) that have given rise to filmmaking styles and genres perceived as "distinctively Hong Kong."

A history of musical genres with Cantonese lyrics from the nineteenth century to the present

Explores the history, culture, and identities of Hong Kong from the port's pre-colonial settings in the early nineteenth century to its post-colonial contexts.