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Monday, June 15, 2015

IAR Making News

  • Dr. Gisèle Yasmeen, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, discusses the meaning of "Asian" and "heritage" and its significance for Canada in a Vancouver Courier article. June 16, 2015
  • IAR Director Dr. Yves Tiberghien explains China's 'One Belt, One Road" economic and trade development vision in a Vancouver Sun articleJune 14, 2015
  • Dr. Sara Shneiderman's letter to the editor, "A Commendable Effort," was published in the Kathmandu Post. The letter was in response to article "A disciplinary earthquake." June 13, 2015
  • MAAPPS students Trevor Kennedy and Lotus Ruan published "Japan's China-Driven Tourism Boom" in The Diplomat. June 12, 2015
  • Dr. Julian Dierkes and MAAPPS students Trevor Kennedy, Melanie Schweiger, and Christina Toepell published a piece on the Freedom Online Coalition conference they participated in, asking "Can Freedom Go Online in Asia?June 11, 2015
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Panel Discussion: Nepal’s Earthquake 2015

As Nepal struggles with the aftermath of twin earthquakes and landslides, just a month before seasonal monsoon rains hit, the UBC Nepali Students Association and the Institute of Asian Research would like to invite you to engage in a closer examination of the humanitarian disaster’s impact and efforts to rebuild.

The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP and for more information, please visit our events page

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Keynote Address: Pierce Salguero on the Global History of Buddhism & Medicine

Friday, May 29, 2015 | 7:00 to 8:30 pm
UBC | Asian Centre | Auditorium | 1871 West Mall

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society is pleased to welcome C. Pierce Salguero (Assistant Professor Penn State University / Abington College) as this year’s keynote speaker. He will present a lecture entitled, Toward a Global History of Buddhism & Medicine as part of the Buddhism and Wellbeing conference.

Today’s emphasis on the health benefits of mindfulness is the latest incarnation of a longstanding symbiotic relationship between Buddhism and medicine. Pierce Salguero is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar interested in the role of Buddhism in the crosscultural exchange of healing knowledge and practices. Focusing on first millennium CE Asia, his paper is part of his current work on the global history of Buddhist healing “from Sarnath to Silicon Valley.” 

A PDF poster may be downloaded here: C. Pierce Salguero Poster

Lectures are free and open to the public. 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

IAR Sends Condolences to Nepal

The Institute of Asian Research at UBC sends its deepest condolences to the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that struck the country on April 25th, 2015. UBC has many connections with Nepal, and many faculty, students, and alumni have been working hard to support relief efforts through coordination, translation, fundraising, and information sharing. For those who would like to donate to organizations engaged in relief and eventually reconstruction in Nepal, please visit http://bit.ly/1I3BK84.

For further information please see our special double Asia Pacific Memo by UBC faculty members Tsering Shakya, Sara Shneiderman and Mark Turin.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Buddhism and Wellbeing Conference

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, University of British Columbia, will host the fifth annual Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Conference at UBC.

Registration is now open. You can send an email to bcsprogram@gmail.com.

For schedule and other details, please visit our events page.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Publication by Earl Drake

Published by Areca Books, Earl Drake's new book Gayatri Rajapatni: The Women Behind the Glory of Majapahit imaginatively re-creates Gayatri's world, placing her at the centre of Majapahit's great history. This story sheds light on one of Indonesia's forgotten leaders, and one of its most powerful kingdoms.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

New Publication by Yves Tiberghien

On Monday, April 13, 2015, Yves Tiberghien was in Beijing for the launch of his new book in Chinese (亚洲与世界的未来), published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The book is an expanded and updated version of his 2012 publication with Sciences Po Press in France (l’Asie et le Futur du Monde).

Yves Tiberghien book was also featured in the following online newspapers (in Chinese):

To view more photos of the book launch, click here

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Social Movements and the Political Polarization of South Korea and Taiwan

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 the Centre for Korean Research will be hosting the event Social Movements and the Political Polarization of South Korea and Taiwan by Hyunji Lee (IAR Research Associate). More details here.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Envisioning the City: Urban Cartography in Early Modern China

On Friday, April 17, 2015, the Centre for Chinese Research and the Department of History are hosting the event Envisioning the City: Urban Cartography in Early Modern China by Professor Ken Hammond (New Mexico State University). More details here.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

New Publication by Sara Shneiderman

Sara Shneiderman's new book Rituals of Ethnicity Thangmi Identities Between Nepal and India was recently published by University of Pennsylvania Press. Sara's new book is an ethnography focusing on the cross-border circulation of Thangmi people and their ideas about ethnic, national, religious and political identity.More details here.

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