May 2012

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Life story fosters vision to serve disadvantaged

Brian Lin Erica Kiemele may be a poster child for cultural diversity, but the Harvard Medical School-bound grad most wants to be recognized for one thing: her talent. Kiemele has an Aboriginal mother and a Taiwanese father, but was adopted at six months by a German-English father and a Taiwanese mother. Her adoptive older brother […]

An Alumna, 70 years later

Heather Amos Mary Nagata is one of 76 Japanese Canadian UBC students from 1942 who will be honoured by UBC this May Mary Nagata remembers how she felt, attending UBC in the 1940s as a young woman, the oldest of seven children and from a minority community. “For me to be the first person in […]

The Ceremony

Honorary degree ceremony for Japanese Canadian students of 1942 A special ceremony will be held during UBC’s spring congregation to recognize and honour the Japanese Canadian students whose university experience was disrupted in 1942 when they were uprooted and exiled from the B.C. coast – a violation of their citizenship rights. Honorary degrees will be […]

Want to learn Chinese characters? UBC has an App for that

Basil Waugh The University of British Columbia has entered the smartphone app market with an innovative app targeting the global demand for Mandarin, Japanese and Korean language education. The UBC Chinese Character Tool is the first ever university East Asian language mobile application. While most language acquisition apps focus on a single language, it is […]

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