[Roundtable] Pursuing Graduate Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences 想讀就去讀

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 19:00–20:30 PDT
Pursuing Graduate Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Moderator: Dr. Benjamin Cheung, Department of Psychology, UBC
Panelists: Dr. Meingold Chan, Ryan Iu, Dr. Zoe Lam, and Karen Wong

In Cantonese (and English)
via Zoom

Registration required

Contemplating your post-UBC options? Considering graduate studies in the humanities or social sciences?

If so, we would like to invite you to an information and sharing session with a distinguished group of current graduate students/recent Ph.D. graduates based at UBC. We will cover topics including searching for suitable programs, the application process, funding, and, more generally, quality of life. And we will have ample time to answer your questions (please submit your questions in advance here: bit.ly/3omuyi9).

This conversation will be conducted in Cantonese (to be supplemented with English). Interested students need not have Hong Kong as their academic focus. Non-UBC students are also welcome.


Dr. Meingold Chan is a postdoctoral fellow at the Kobor Lab in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC but her background is primarily in developmental psychology. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences, majoring in Psychology and Counselling, from the University of Hong Kong. She obtained a Master of Philosophy in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge and completed her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University. Her doctoral work focused on cultural differences in emotion socialization and preschoolers’ socioemotional development across China (Beijing and Hong Kong) and the United States.​ As a postdoc, she is expanding her research to understand the effect of early social experience on children’s socioemotional development through the mechanism of social epigenetics with a specific focus on racial and cultural diversity.

Ryan Iu is an M.A. student in the Department of History at UBC. His research focuses on the social history of early colonial Hong Kong, and his thesis is centred on the Government Central School (1862–1889), a poly-cultural meeting ground that also served as a social ladder for ambitious Chinese/Eurasian young men. Specifically, he is interested in tracing not only the networks and partnerships formed among its alumni but also the business and political connections between graduates of the Central School and colonial officials. In so doing, he hopes to advance our understanding of the structure of power of early colonial Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ryan received his B.A. in History from UBC in 2019. He has worked as a research assistant at the University of Victoria as well as the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Dr. Zoe Lam teaches Cantonese language courses for the Department of Asian Studies at UBC. She received both her B.A. in Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies and her M.Phil. in Linguistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and she has taught a variety of language-related subjects at post-secondary institutions. To fulfill her interest in heritage language maintenance, she completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics at UBC in 2018, and she was selected as the valedictorian at convocation. As an advocate of knowledge mobilization, Zoe is the instructor of a Cantonese Saturday School in Vancouver Chinatown. She and her community collaborators received the BC Heritage Award in 2020 for excellence in programming that advances the appreciation, understanding, and practice of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Karen Lok Yi Wong is a Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work at UBC. She received an M.A. in Social Policy from the University of York (UK) and a Master of Social Work from UBC. She has conducted research and analyzed policies on older adults and healthcare, and she has published and presented widely academically and professionally. She is also affiliated with the Science and Technology for Aging Research (STAR) Institute at Simon Fraser University as a research scholar. Karen is a registered social worker in British Columbia, Canada, and she has practiced in a variety of settings including community senior services centres, long-term care, and acute care hospital. She is a 2021 recipient of the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice (Providence Healthcare) and the 2021 recipient of the Inspiring Social Worker of the Year Award co-sponsored and organized by the BC Association of Social Workers and the UBC School of Social Work.

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