Master of Arts
UBC’s Asian Studies Department is the flagship Asian Studies department in Canada and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest in North America. It has over 20 regular faculty members, specializing in the languages, literature, religion, thought, and history of East and South Asia. It offers instruction in multiple Asian languages (Cantonese, Modern Chinese, Classical Chinese, Modern Japanese, Classical Japanese, Korean, Hindi-Urdu, Persian, Punjabi, and Sanskrit) and a wide range of courses on the cultures of East, South, and Southeast Asia.
|Bailey, C. D. Alison|
|Baker, Donald Leslie||Cultural and religious history of Korea|
|Chen, Jinhua||East Asian state-church relationships, monastic (hagio/)biographical literature, Buddhist sacred sites, relic veneration, Buddhism and technological innovation in medieval China, and Buddhist translations|
|Chiu-Duke, Josephine||History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, Chinese and Taiwanese history, political thought and institutions, liberal democracy|
|Fulton, Bruce||Literary translation, Modern Korean fiction, women|
|Hur, Nam-Lin||Japanese, cultural foundations, religion, international relations|
|King, Ross||Korean linguistics, dialectology,language pedagogy, history of language|
|Laffin, Christina||Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, premodern Japanese literature, medieval Japanese history, women's writing, Japanese women's history, travel writing, autobiography, Japanese poetry, literacy, socialization, wet nursing, narratology|
|Li, Duanduan||Chinese linguistics, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, Chinese language and culture, second language acquisition, language socialization, Chinese heritage language education, bilingualism and multilingualism, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism, Second Language Acquisition, Heritage language Teaching and Learning, Language Socialization, Research Methodology, Technology in Language Teaching, Language Teaching Material, Development, Chinese Applied Linguistics|
|Lynn, Hyung Gu||South Korea, North Korea, Japan, politics, economics, popular culture, society, international relations, Korea and Japan, ranging in chronological coverage from the late-19th century to the present, and in subject matter from international relations to contemporary popular culture|
|Main, Jessica||Buddhism, Ethics, and Human Rights; Modern Buddhist Institutions, Law, and Governance; Buddhists and Buddhist Institutions Active in Modern Society: Social Welfare; Healthcare and Healing; Protest Movements; Rehabilitation, Incarceration and Corrections; Youth Culture, Physical Culture, and Scouting; Modern Japanese Religions and Society; Japanese True Pure Land Buddhism|
|Mostow, Joshua Scott||Inter-relations between text and image, especially in Japanese culture, Japanese women|
|Murphy, Anne||Arts and Cultural Traditions, Religion, Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Cultural history, Early Modern Studies, Punjabi Studies, South Asian Studies|
|Nosco, Peter||17th-18th century Japan construction of individuality and individual identity during the early modern Tokugawa period|
|Oberoi, Harjot Singh||South asia, how classical empires shaped the British Raj in India, critical theory, the formation of private libraries, law and society, transnational cultures, and complex systems|
|Orbaugh, Sharalyn||modern Japanese culture (literature, film, manga, animation, kamishibai); East Asian women’s issues; anti-racist pegagogy, Japanese narrative and visual culture|
|Rea, Christopher||Modern Chinese literature and cinema since the 19th century, Chinese cartoons and visual culture, Chinese print and popular culture, Chinese internet culture, humour and satire, Taiwan, Chinese culture, modern Chinese history, translation|
|Rusk, Bruce||Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Exegesis and Sacred Text Critics, Lexicography and Dictionaries, Early Modern China, Confucianism, Authentication Studies|
|Sathaye, Adheesh||early medieval Sanskrit drama, aesthetics, and narrative literature; Sanskrit epics, Marathi devotional performance traditions, and theories of textual production, performance, and folkloristics; South Asian folklore, narrative theory, and cultural studies|
|Shakya, Tsering||confluence of politics, ethno-national identity and religious practice in cultural production and social transformation across both historical and contemporary Tibet and the Himalayas; contemporary minority policy and social media in the PRC.|
|Shin, Leo||Later imperial China|
|Slingerland, Edward||Asian Studies, Chinese philosophy, philosophy, religion, religion and conflict, secularism, spontaneity, ethics, science-humanities integration, interdisciplinarity, interdisciplinary research, Chinese thought, religious studies (comparative religion, cognitive science and evolution of religion), cognitive linguistics (blending and conceptual metaphor theory), ethics (virtue ethics, moral psychology), evolutionary psychology, the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences, and the classical Chinese language|
What could “secularity” mean in the case of Bhutan? Khyentse Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Dagmar Schwerk’s explores the relationship between religion and politics and “secularity” in pre-modern and modern Bhutan.
UBC’s Asian Studies’ faculty, staff and students were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Alireza Ahmadian. Alireza was a passionate supporter of our initiative to establish Persian Language and Iranian Studies within the Department, with which he first became acquainted in 2010...
Date: Friday, June 14, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Location: CSB 213, ELI Building On Friday, June 14, the students in the summer session KORN 102 course had a wonderful time with Korean students from the UBC English Language Institute (ELI). To practice their Korean language skills and...
Interested in what you can do with a degree in Asian Studies? For our new video series, our Asian Studies students interview alumni on their career path, how they became interested in Asian Studies and for any advice they would give to current students. In this episode, fourth year Student Mason...
June 1-7, 2019 marks the week of Congress at UBC. To bring Congress closer to our colleagues, Asian Studies sponsored another annual language teaching workshop on the Assessment of Spoken Interaction for all language instructors in the Department. Dr. Beverly Baker, a founding member of the...
Interested in what you can do with a degree in Asian Studies? For our new video series, our Asian Studies students interview alumni on their career path, how they became interested in Asian Studies and for any advice they would give to current students. In this episode, fourth year...