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||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|
On Wednesday, April 3, a mini exhibition was held for nearly 60 students taking the non-heritage-stream Chinese course CHIN 233. Through oral presentations and short videos, students promoted travel packages from their "fake" travel agencies. On Wednesday, April 3, a mini exhibition was...
On Saturday, March 16, more than 55 students, from 11 different universities and colleges, participated in this annual speech contest. This year, the contest challenged students to present speeches about the "fun and challenges in learning Chinese." On Saturday, March 16, more than 55...
On Friday, March 29, students, faculty, friends and family enjoyed the final documentaries and stories from CHIN 243 students. On Friday, March 29, students, faculty, friends and family enjoyed the final documentaries and stories from CHIN 243 students.
How can we study the past in order to inform the present? Kiran Sunar brings contemporary questions to literature of the early modern period (16th to the 18th century). Kiran Sunar is a PhD student in the Department of Asian Studies. Under the supervision of Dr. Anne Murphy, she is investigating...
Congratulations to BA Asian Studies student Aaron Throness for winning the North American Taiwan Association prize for the best undergraduate essay. The Undergraduate Scholarship Competition was hosted by the North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) and accepted submissions from...
On April 1, the Tadoku Club (the Japanese Language Programme’s extensive reading club) held its final meeting of the term. After some individual reading time, we discussed our favourite books we read this year, enjoyed a group reading of the famous poem “Ame ni mo Makezu” (...