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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

IAR Making News

MPPGA and IAR present in Myanmar at the invitation from the Senior Economic Presidential Adviser, Professor Aung-Thun Thet. MPPGA Co-Director/IAR Director Yves Tiberghien and Dr. Kai Ostwald were invited to Myanmar from Aug 5 to Aug 8. The rector of the Yangon University of Economics and its public policy director warmly encouraged cooperative ties between their emerging MPP and UBC’s MPPGA. Yves Tiberghien made a presentation at Yangon University’s International Relations Department. Yangon University also encouraged closer ties between our two institutions. Dr. Tiberghien and Dr. Ostwald gave a lengthy interview on Myanmar’s Sky TV discussing the public policy challenges faced by current leaders globally and in Myanmar. Capstone options were discussed with the Young Entrepreneurs Association and the IFC (World Bank) in Myanmar. More photos here!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

IAR Making News

MPPGA Co-Director/IAR Director Yves Tiberghien and Dr. Kai Ostwald visit the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore on August 4. In the meeting with Dean Kishore Mahbubani, it was agreed to cooperate toward a possible dual degree, as well as intermediate cooperative steps between the 2 public policy programs. Dr. Yves Tiberghien gave a research presentation at the LKYSPP entitled "China’s New Approach to Global Governance: Stabilizer or Transformer?"

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Monday, July 20, 2015

IAR Making News

IAR Director Yves Tiberghien and Kai Ostwald, Co-Director of the Institute's Centre for Southeast Asia Research, met with former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is also the Chair of the UN Global Green Growth Initiative. Click to view photos and read moreJuly 30, 2015

As B.C.’s Finance Minister Michael de Jong travels to Malaysia in an effort to seal an LNG deal with the state-owned oil and gas company Petronas, CBC Radio’s Rick Cluff interviews Dr. Kai Ostwald, Co-Director of the Centre for Southeast Asia Research at the Institute of Asian Research, about corruption scandals surrounding Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and its potential impact on the deal. Tune in CBC’s Earl Edition from minutes 51:00 to 59:00. July 30, 2015

Sinologist and veteran China journalist Willy Lam gave a talk at the Institute of Asian Research on Thursday, July 9, where he introduced his latest book, The Rise of Xi Jinping and the Closing of the Chinese Mind. Among the attendees was Vancouver Sun's Chuck Chiang, who wrote an article about both Lam, as well as former IAR Director Paul Evans' views on the stock market upheaval. July 10, 2015

Despite China's stock market turmoil, Institute of Asian Research Director Yves Tiberghien said that the plummet would not affect Chinese investments in B.C.'s real estate market. Read the rest of his interview in The Province.July 8, 2015

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Friday, July 10, 2015

The Impact of China's New Free Trade Zones on Chinese Reform Path and Financial Liberalization

Dr. Bo Chen, a Simon Fraser University-educated, Shanghai-based senior government consultant, will host a seminar at the Institute of Asian Research on Thursday, July 16. In light of undergoing reforms in the Shanghai free trade zone, Chen will share his insight on China's reforms and economic perspectives. To learn more, please visit our events page.

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Monday, July 06, 2015

IAR Making News

Sinologist and veteran China journalist Willy Lam gave a talk at the Institute of Asian Research on Thursday, July 9, where he introduced his latest book, The Rise of Xi Jinping and the Closing of the Chinese Mind. Among the attendees was Vancouver Sun's Chuck Chiang, who wrote an article about both Lam, as well as former IAR Director Paul Evans' views on the stock market upheaval. July 10, 2015

Despite China's stock market turmoil, Institute of Asian Research Director Yves Tiberghien said that the plummet would not affect Chinese investments in B.C.'s real estate market. Read the rest of his interview in The Province. July 8, 2015

Expecting 40 incoming students this fall, the new Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs is a cumulation of a decade of effort to build a public policy school at UBC. Read what the programs' two directors have to say in The Ubyssey. July 2, 2015

Dr. Kyung-Ae Park, Director of the Centre for Korean Research and Canada-DPRK Knowledge Partnership Program, gave a talk on North Korea to South Korean National Assembly members at the invitation of the Speaker of the National Assembly. To view more photos, please visit photo 1, photo 2, and photo 3June 23, 2015

Dr. Kyung-Ae Park  was quoted in a North Korean Newspaper, Pyongyang Times, on North Korean special economic zone experts visiting Indonesian Economic Zones. June 20, 2015

Dr. Kyung-Ae Park was mentioned in two Indonesian newspapers, Jaring News and Mi'raj Islamic News Agency, for the North Korean Economic Study Tour Delegation that she organized. June 20, 2015

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Launch: 'The Rise of Xi Jinping and the Closing of the Chinese Mind'

Dr. Timothy Cheek, Director of Centre for Chinese Research, will host sinologist and veteran China journalist Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam. Dr. Lam will launch his fifth book, The Rise of Xi Jinping and the Closing of the Chinese Mind, which explores how a relatively undistinguished regional official became one of the most powerful leaders in the history of the People’s Republic.

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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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