Join the Asian Library to celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights)!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall

Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated annual Indian festival. It marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. Diwali takes place at the end of October or the first week of November, and is celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day). The festival typically lasts from 5 to 7 days, and the first day marks the beginning of the fiscal year. It is enjoyed by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with candles and colorful lights, and also share their gifts and recite prayers.

Everyone is cordially invited to experience diversity of culture through music, Henna, and delicious refreshments. All Diwali activities are drop-in, free and open to UBC students, staff and faculty.

For more information, please call 604-822-2427 or visit us in person at the Asian Library at UBC Asian Centre.

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Curious about commercial brewing in B.C .?  BC historian, Greg Evans, used  UBC Library’s B.C. Digital newspapers archive to research and write his two-volume history of the commercial brewing industry in British Columbia. Evans’ work involved researching the 163 newspapers currently available through the archive for mentions of beer, brewing and pivotal figures within the industry in articles […]

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3165 .D425 2017
Jacques de Ville, Constitutional Theory: Schmitt After Derrida (Abingdon: Birbeck Law Press, 2017).
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LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE444 R62 2017
Nora Rock, Gargi Mukherji & Valerie Hoag, Foundations of Criminal and Civil Law in Canada, 4th ed. (Toronto: Emond Publishing, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE1345 .Y34 2018
Robert Yalden, Janis Sarra, Paul D. Paton, Mark Gillen, Mary Condon, Carol Liao, Michael Deturbide, Mohamed F. Khimji, Bradley Bryan & Gary Campo, Business Organizations: Practice, Theory and Emerging Challenges, 2d ed. (Toronto: Emond, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE4472 .J65 2017
Sasha Baglay & Martin Jones, Refugee Law, 2d ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE4502 .O34 2017
M.H. Ogilvie, Religious Institutions and the Law in Canada, 4th ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJC5144.M56 E36 2017
June Edmunds, Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism (London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2017).
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With speaker SHEN Jia (沈迦)

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Venue: Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall
Language: Mandarin



In the old quarter of Wenzhou, a well-known city for its commodity economy in Zhejiang Province, stands a Christian church built about one century ago. However, the name of the builder and his contribution to the city’s modernity were intentionally or unintentionally buried in sudden and perplexing changes of history. Mr. Shen Jia went to this church with his grandmother in his childhood. He majored in Journalism when he was a college student. After graduating, he worked as a journalist, editor, and entrepreneur. He immigrated to Canada and settled down in Vancouver more than ten years ago. Using the abundant collection on modern Chinese history in UBC Asian Library, Shen started writing on his childhood memories in his hometown. His work is based on archival research, fieldwork, interviews, and six years’ of endeavors in Asia, Europe and America. Drawing from the methodology of knowledge archaeology, he brought to life the magnificent story of this British missionary, William Edward Soothill, and his relationship with modern Chinese history.

Written in Vancouver, Seeking Soothill 《寻找·苏慧廉》was published in Taiwan, and then in mainland China in 2013, and became popular immediately. It was praised as one of “the Best Ten Books of the Year” in China and was adapted as a documentary under the same title by Phoenix Satellite Television.

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