Instructors use a wide variety of active learning methods including film, class discussions and projects, multi-media presentations and exploring local Asian cultural/historical sites.
A major focus of our Asian studies courses is to develop cultural awareness and deeper appreciation for the cultures one of the largest immigrant groups in the Greater Vancouver region.
Like our students, our excellent faculty hail from different parts of the globe and bring their “lived” experiences in Asian cultures to their classes.
Asian Studies students can use their knowledge to work in settings requiring cultural awareness of Asian communities as well as with Pacific Rim businesses and organizations.
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Lewis Cheng (PhD, BA)
Dr. Cheng received his PhD of History at Peking University. He has also taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, and other post-secondary institutions, and was a full professor at Beijing Normal University. Dr. Cheng has been invited to give speeches at many universities and conferences in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.
Zoudan Ma (MA, BA)
Zoudan Ma completed his undergraduate studies at Peking University. He received a MA in History at UBC. He is currently a PhD candidate in Asian Studies,UBC.
He studies the histories of China, Korean, and Japan. His scholarly interest is about daily lives. In his current project, he seeks to understand how people survived and thrived during wartime seventeenth-century Northeast Asia.
At Alexander College, he teaches survey courses about China.