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||pre-modern literature, specifically fiction and literary criticism|
|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|
|Duffy, Kay Jane||Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Premodern Chinese Literature, Early Medieval China, Sinographic Sphere|
|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|
|Thobani, Sunera||Critical race, postcolonial and feminist theory|
Congratulations to our beloved Administrator, Maija Norman, who was awarded with a Dean of Arts Award for Staff Excellence at the 2019 UBC Faculty of Arts Holiday Celebration! She was nominated in part for: “…approaching her position with unwavering commitment, overriding objectivity...
On Friday, November 23rd 2019, over 150 students from various courses in the Cantonese Language Program spent their evening surrounded by music, food, and movie entertainment with their instructors and teaching assistants. The three-hour event kicked off with karaoke and mahjong, a great way to...
Which Chinese dynasty was the funniest? Which types of humour have stood the test of time in China? And what does Canada have to do with it? Listen to Christopher Rea's opening remarks about 5,000 years of Chinese comedy at a recent China Institute NYC panel on "What Makes China Laugh?"