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[Media] Leo Shin interviewed on his new course on the history of Hong Kong

February 16, 2017

Dr. Leo Shin was recently interviewed on OMNI News about his new course on the history of Hong Kong and about his aspirations for the recently-established Hong Kong Studies Initiative at UBC.


[Community] Talk by commentator Lau Sai-lung attended by overflowing crowd

January 7, 2017

Sponsored by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative, the Vancouver Hong Kong Forum Society, and the Richmond Public Library, a talk on "The Post-Leung Chun-ying Era" by noted political commentator Lau Sai-leung was presented to a standing-room-only audience on the evening of January 6.


[Media] Raymond Pai interviewed on teaching Cantonese at UBC

December 30, 2016

Raymond Pai was featured by the The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is an alumnus of Biology, for his dedication and achievements in teaching Cantonese.


[Screening] Documentary on Umbrella Movement attended by packed crowd

November 23, 2016

Some 250 campus and community members showed up on the rainy evening of November 22 at the Frederic Wood Theatre for a screening of Yellowing, a mesmerizing documentary about the 2014 Umbrella Movement of Hong Kong.


[Webcast] Battle of Hong Kong during WWII—A lecture by Cameron Cathcart

November 18, 2016

In the Second World War, Canadian soldiers first engaged in battle while defending the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong against a Japanese attack in December 1941. The Canadians at Hong Kong fought against overwhelming odds and displayed the courage of seasoned veterans, though most had limited military training. They had virtually no chance of victory, but refused to surrender until they were overrun by the enemy. Those who survived the battle became prisoners of war (POWs) and many endured torture and starvation by their Japanese captors. The fighting in Hong Kong ended with immense Canadian casualties: 290 killed and 493 wounded. The death toll and hardship did not end with surrender. Those Canadians who fought in the defence of Hong Kong sacrificed much in their efforts to help bring peace and freedom to the people of Asia and the Pacific. Their task was a difficult and costly one, but their sacrifice would serve as an example of the kind of effort that would be required to eventually triumph. The survivors' ordeal that followed as prisoners of war serves as an additional reminder of the great cost of war. This talk is part of the Remembrance Day speaker series, in conjunction with an exhibit at the Chung Collection curated by Clifford Pereira.


[Publications] Crisis and Opportunity: The Work of Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals (ARCI) in Hong Kong and Beyond

September 1, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Glen Peterson of the History department on the publication of his chapter, "Crisis and Opportunity: The Work of Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals (ARCI) in Hong Kong and Beyond," in Hong Kong in the Cold War, ed. Priscilla Roberts and John M. Carroll (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2016).


[Media] Cantonese still thriving in Metro Vancouver despite wave of Mandarin-speaking immigrants [Vancouver Sun]

February 2, 2016

UBC’s King said the local Chinese-Canadian community has been supportive of the new language course, adding the role of Cantonese in the Lower Mainland is undeniable.


[Media] Vancouver university begins Cantonese courses amid fears the language is being lost to Putonghua [SCMP]

September 17, 2015

With Putonghua increasingly dominant in Chinese language classes worldwide, news that the University of British Columbia will introduce Cantonese courses has caused a stir.


[Media] Canadian university adds Cantonese course amid fears over its decline in Hong Kong [Hong Kong Free Press]

August 19, 2015

At a time when many in Hong Kong are worrying about the decline of Cantonese in classrooms, the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada has announced plans to roll out a course in Cantonese for the first time this fall.


[Media] Long live Cantopop [The Economist]

August 14, 2015

When the University of British Columbia (UBC) resumes classes in September it will for the first time offer a course for credit in Cantonese.