Culinary historian Robert Sung will be giving a talk in which foodies will take delight.  As part of the current exhibition in the Chung Collection room, highlighting historical food menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), Sung’s talk highlights the historical period of the menus in Canadian history.  The menus feature mountains, lakes, forests, Mounties and even some CPR advertising for travel packages to destinations in Canada and around the world.

UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections teamed up with local historian Larry Wong to create the exhibit. Wong, author of Dim Sum Stories, curated a series of menus for the exhibition, “Bon Voyage / Bon Appétit: Menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s Ships, Trains, Planes, and Hotels.”

UBC Library’s Chung Collection contains more than 1,000 menus, ranging from the 1890s to 1980s.  The majority of the menus are in English, but there are a few unique menus in Chinese, Japanese, French and even German. Featuring unique historical delicacies, these menus offer a glimpse of “the elegance of dining” in the early days, says Wong.

The exhibition features CPR menus exclusively, but local foodies can also enjoy a few digitized menus from Vancouver’s Chinatown. Six menus are currently online and there are plans to add more over the summer.  The exhibition is currently on display in the Chung Collection exhibition room until the end of 2014.

About the Speaker
Bobby Hot Pot color 2-1Robert (Bob) Sung is currently the President of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia.  A Fourth-­Generation Canadian, Bob has a passion for culinary arts & history. He was educated at the University of Hawaii for Business Administration and at the Dubrulle Culinary Institute for Professional Culinary Training. For over twenty-­‐five years, his personal & business life have revolved around the Food & Hospitality Industry. Bob’s purpose is to educate and entertain from a culinary & cultural approach. In terms of outreach, he is a member of both the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee, and serves as an advisor to the Asian Heritage Month Society.

Wednesday November 19, 2014, 12.00PM to 1.00PM, Dodson Room (Rm 302), at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

UBC Library’s Fall Update in the BCLA Browser highlights recipients of the Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Project as well as recently acquired collections and the upcoming Woodward Library 50th anniversary events.

It also highlights the Work with Us portal, which profiles Library staff.



The Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be unavailable, effective Thursday, November 6, due to unexpected technical issues. 

We are working on the issue to resume service as soon as possible. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Update: As of 6 p.m., the ASRS is back up and running. Thank you for your patience.

The Okanagan Library is excited to announce the success of a student referendum calling for support for a library expansion.

After almost a year of advocating for student feedback and discussion, the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) launched a referendum in mid-October asking students to financially support a library/learning centre expansion. Students were asked to support a limited-time student fee increase of $35/semester ($70/year) to be levied to contribute one-third of the total cost of a library expansion.


The referendum passed with an 85% yes vote to the proposed project that will add 45,000 square feet of study and learning space, more than doubling the size of the existing library. The expansion is project to cost up to $30 million, depending on the layout of the new space.

The next stages of the project include acquiring additional financial support, and engaging in student and faculty consultations about the expansion plans.

Expansion of the existing 650-seat library will have a tremendous impact on the student experience, says Rocky Kim, president of the UBCSUO. “The financial contribution of the students towards the library reaffirms the UBCSUO’s position that this is in fact a necessity,” says Kim. “It is my hope that our contribution will trigger additional sources of funding to follow in our example and join us in building UBC Okanagan for the better.”

To learn more about the next stages of the #MORELIBRARY project, visit the Okanagan Library website.

For more information on the referendum, visit the UBC Okanagan News media release.

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