Does the metaphor for coming out work out cross-culturally? What does or can family look like to LGBTQ Asians? What does it mean and how can one be an ally to the LGBTQ+ Asian community?

This month’s ACAM Dialogue is focused on LGBTQ+ and non-heteronormative sexualities as well as what it means to be a queer Asian Canadian. UBC students will share their experiences of navigating school, life, and their communities as an LGBTQ Asian, followed by a brief Q+A and an opportunity for attendees to engage in group discussions about current themes and topics within the Asian Canadian community. Light snacks will be provided and it is free to RSVP.

Event Details

When: March 3rd from 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Lillooet Room (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre room 301)

Student Panelists

Justin Lam (He/him)
Justin is a fourth-year student of French and Asian Studies. His academic interests lie in South Asian linguistics and their ties to expressions of religious (particularly Muslim) identity in the subcontinent. He is a big Mariah Carey fan and highly prefers dogs over cats.

Chandima Silva (He/him)
Chandima is Third year Asian Area Studies student who is interested in the intersections of religion, ethnicity and nationalism. He is also the project assistant at the CISAR. He loves Shyam Selvadurai, ice cream and cats (and dogs).

Yulanda Lui
Yulanda is a queer Chinese settler born on Anishinaabe territory under the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Agreement. They are in her final year of the Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice program with a minor in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies. She is a member of the student committee for the ACAM dialogues on sexual violence, a facilitator of QTBIMPOC space, and a youth organizer in Chinatown. A Virgo sun/moon/rising, Yulanda is a fierce believer in collectivity and possibility, and can be found learning and playing in spaces of magic, community, and utopia.

This event will be taking place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. We recognize that sexual violence plays a key role in colonial and gendered violence, and continues to affect Indigenous communities. As the land which UBC is situated on was taken without consent, we ask settlers to consider what it means to be good guests in the spaces they navigate.
Along the same line of thinking through space, we are prioritizing the ACAM Dialogue as a student and survivor-centric event that centers Indigenous and POC students (particularly Asian Canadian student communities). Please be mindful of this if you plan on attending. If you have any questions or concerns about what it means to be an ally, feel free to contact

Accessibility Info

Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs. If you have questions or other accessibility needs, please email

This event is organized by the ACAM Dialogues: Extending the Conversation on Sexual Violence in Asian Communities on Campus and Beyond project. These dialogues examine the intersections of race, gender, and violence, especially as they impact Asian student communities and open up spaces for students to share experiences and resources, build analyses, and discuss strategies of organizing against sexual and other forms of violence. The series will culminate in a public symposium in Spring 2017 to bring these conversations to a wider audience at UBC and beyond.

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There is scheduled maintenance of the ASRS  from February 27 to March 2, 2017. Material delivery may be delayed by up to several hours. Please call the IKBLC Library Circulation Desk at 604-822-8149 before picking up your material to ensure it has arrived.


It is exciting to announce the arrival of a new series of Grand Rounds from the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) now underway in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!


UBC SPPH encompasses “both public health and population health” as they each relate to the “well-being of a community equally” in terms of “health trends and causes, and suggests approaches to promoting health. Interestingly, “where they differ is in the way that each addresses and studies the health of a population”.  It has four Divisions which are listed as follows: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Practice; Health in Populations; Health Services and Policy; Occupational and Environmental Health.


Held throughout the academic year, the UBC SPPH Grand Rounds is a monthly seminar series featuring open and free to the public educational talks based on timely topics and cases. These talks are presented by current and emeriti faculty of UBC SPPH including Canada Research Chairs and various postdoctoral students, other visiting professors and invited research scholars from across Canada and around the globe.


The main objective is to share, discuss and disseminate evidence-based and innovative scholarly research including best practices and methods happening at UBC and beyond.


While the target audience is for ‘all faculty and students to attend and be part of the ongoing conversation about current issues in Population and Public Health’, the audience also includes an interdisciplinary cross-section of medical and clinical professionals comprised of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, epidemiologists, laboratorians and other health education specialists as well as patients and their families and the general public.


Watch the latest UBC SPPH Grand Rounds’ talk, “Tackling Poverty and Socioeconomic Inequities” by UBC’s SPPH professors John Millar, Craig Mitton and Bob Evans, and Vancouver School of Economics professor Craig Riddell


Click here for upcoming UBC SPPH Grand Rounds’ talks



About Grand Rounds


In this 21st century, Grand Rounds take place in a variety of ways. For example, some of them are in the form of weekly or monthly events where the topical presentation is forty-five minutes long while others may be an hour-long along followed by a half-hour discussion afterwards. Some Grand Rounds are recorded and archived as videos or webcasts. Meanwhile, others can only be found in an online/virtual environment such as on a departmental or clinical website, or as perhaps electronic newsletters, or as a round-up of topics in various blog posts.


In 2006, a published article by Dr. Lawrence Altman was released in the New York Times and delved into the origin and style of Grand Rounds.


In 2013, another well-known published article on making Grand Rounds “grand” again by Drs. Shaifali Sandal, Michael C. Iannuzzi, and Stephen J. Knohl in which they explained the classical background of Grand Rounds which began in the late 19th century and outlined the modern day style and delivery formats of Grand Rounds seen today.


Written by the Head of Medicine at Queen’s University in 2013,. Dr. Stephen Archer provides an insightful synopsis on the important role of Grand Rounds now and into the future.



Explore the UBC Library Guide “Population and Public Health: Getting Started”

A guide to support research in Population and Public Health including recent SPPH Theses and Dissertations



Above photo is courtesy of Martin Dee – UBC Public Affairs




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Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to announce a new exhibition: From Apple Pies to Astronauts: A Chronology of Alphabet Books with Aphorisms, Amusements, and Anecdotes!

The exhibition, curated by UBC Master of Library and Information Studies candidates Sarah Bagshaw and Laura Quintana, under the supervision of Professor Kathie Shoemaker, offers a selection of English language alphabet books from the late 18th century to the present day. These books illustrate the changes in alphabetic education for young children in England, the United States, and Canada. The authors and illustrators who created these books were influenced by the political and social contexts of their worlds. As both printing and publishing changed and advanced, so too did the alphabet books being produced.

The exhibition, featuring materials from RBSC’s historical children’s literature collections, including the Arkley Collection of Early and Historical Children’s Literature and the B. Roslyn Robertson Collection of Children’s Literature, contains many familiar favourites still enjoyed by children today. As well, there are many that may be unknown treasures that are sure to delight.

From Apple Pies to Astronauts is on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from February 27 through April 30, 2017, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. A complete catalogue of the exhibition can be downloaded here. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or

We hope to see you there and that you will enjoy learning about alphabet books and those that created them!


Freedom to Read Week runs February 26 to March 4, 2017. The annual event encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Attend one of the FTRW events hosted by UBC Library.

Freedom of Expression in the Post Truth Era: Open Mic Event

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 12:30PM – 1:45PM

Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, level 2 foyer.

Freedom of Expression is a charter right in Canada and is a fundamental value of professional groups such as librarians, archivists and journalists, who promote transparency, public accountability and the broadest possible access to information. However, we are seeing an erosion of these values in public life, through steps to censor scientists and public servants, to retract, hide or ignore information that does not conform to partisan views, and to treat the free press as a public enemy. This is a symptom of “post-truth” politics, in which sentiment and personal belief have more influence than facts, and facts are openly manipulated. As fake news, Orwellian newspeak and “alternative facts” flood our media streams, how do we continue to make sense of our world? How do we hold public figures accountable for their actions?

This open mic session invites the UBC community to speak up on what freedom of expression means in this post-truth era.

Bring your thoughts, arguments, poems, and stories.

Register for the event.

Freedom of Information Request Workshop

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Location: Woodward Library Computer Lab – Room B25

Learn about the process of filing Freedom of Information (FOI) or Access to Information (ATIP) requests in BC and Canada. Topics include finding out if the information you need is already publicly available, structuring your request so it can be answered efficiently, and knowing your information rights under FOI laws. Session led by Greg Kozak, UBC iSchool adjunct faculty.

Register for the workshop.

“Family Circle” by Chester Lawson

This design is the family crest of the artist, Chester Lawson. Killer Whale, Raven, and Eagle make up this crest. Chester was born in Bella Bella and is a teacher and high school counselor. Chester donated the use of “Family Circle” to the BC Library Association’s First Nations Interest Group to fund raise for the Gene Joseph First Nations scholarship at UBC for students entering the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies.

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