During Asian Heritage Month, visitors of the Irving K. Barber Centre will have the opportunity to the experience the history, culture and symbolism of the Classical Chinese Garden in a series of specially-curated and thematic display cases.

As part of the month-long exhibition, the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre present a public presentation “A View Within a View: Garden Expressions,
Exchanges & Explorations” on Saturday May 24th, 2014 – 11:30am-1:00pm at the Chilcotin Room (Rm 256) in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

A moderated presentation will be hosted for collaborated garden conversations with the UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Japanese Garden. Join us on UBC Alumni Weekend to listen to speakers in lively talks about these built spaces of nature and the role they play in our contemporary urban contexts. All are welcome, the event is free. For more information, contact Allan Cho, Community Engagement Librarian, or Susan Ma, Director of Educational Programming at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden or 604-662-3207 ext. 205.


Kathy Gibler - Executive Director since 2006, Kathy Gibler has been an integral part of the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society for 14 years. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she was on the Board of Trustees for seven years. As Board President, Kathy guided the Garden through a major expansion from 2002 to 2004, and previously served with the Garden as a docent, tour guide, and president of volunteers.

Douglas Justice - Along with duties as the Associate Director and Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden, Douglas also teaches in both the Applied Biology and Masters of Landscape Architecture programs at UBC and is involved with public and industry extension. A former nursery manager, gardener and horticulture instructor, Douglas holds a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a Master’s in botany. He is an active member of a number of local, national and international plant and garden organizations and is currently writing a book on trees for the Vancouver area.

Ryo Sugiyama - Ryo is the Curator of Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC.



As one of its signature programs throughout Metro Vancouver during Asian Heritage Month, this exhibition showcases Asian-Canadian artists’ creativity and vitality. This year’s displays of 3D art spotlights features artists Jong Jin Lee, Evan Leung, Ping Wong, Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin, and other UBC AHVA students. The highlight, which notes artists from a Pan-Asian cultural spectrum that stretches from the Middle East to the Far East, is to cultivate the appreciation of visual arts among youths as well as to stimulate inter-generational interaction and learning. In addition to the displays located in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, a simultaneous exhibition will be presented at the Asian Centre Auditorium from May 20th – May 27th.

Lee - In the Flower Field

Artist: Jong Jin Lee, In the Flower Field, Stone sculpture

Jong Jin Lee was born in Seour, South Korea in 1971 and immigrated to Canada in 2008. He graduated from the department of Sculpture and Seoul’s Hong-Ik University in 1997. His professional artist life started in year 1997; he participated in 7 solo exhibition and more than 60 group exhibition in Korea. After moving to Canada, Jong Jin continued to design sculptures with passion and participated in Korean Artists Association exhibition from year 2008 to 2012. He also shared his talent and skills by teaching students and had an exhibition From Across the Ocean at the Centennial Museum in Fort Langley in 2010. He was the president of Korean Artists Association in Vancouver between 2010 to 2011.





Evan Leung, Harmony III , ceramic.

Artist: Evan Leung, Harmony III, ceramic

Evan Ting Kwok Leung was born in Hong Kong in 1977. Growing up with an artist father, Evan has been exposed to the arts and for as long as he can remember. During his secondary school period, he was fascinated by the potential and creativeness from pottery and ceramics. From 1995 to 1999, he learned further ceramic skills from an active potter, Ping-Kwong Wong, in Richmond, BC. Since 1998, he has been participating in certain solo and group exhibitions in Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Later on from 2001 to 2005, according to the passion and interest of Ting Kwok, he studied varieties of visual arts theories, mediums and techniques at Kwantlen University College and Emily Carr Institute. Recently, his artworks have been selected in a few juried art exhibitions of ARTS 2010 – 2012 with Honorable Mention award, 2010 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters and 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale Exhibition which the artwork is under the collection of New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.



Dad, we’ll be empty nest , ceramics, oxidation glazed

Artist: Ping-Kwong Wong, Dad, we’ll be empty nest , ceramics, oxidation glazed

Ping-Kwong Wong was born in China, moved to Hong Kong in 1956, and settled in Vancouver, Canada in 1994. Wong studied art education at Sir Robert Black College of Education, and  Grantham College of Education from 1969 to 1972 in Hong Kong. He studied studio ceramics at Hong Kong Polytechnic from 1981 to 1983. He graduated from University of Wolverhampton, U.K. with B. Ed degree in 1992. He studied the ‘Adult Education Instructor Training Program’ at the Vancouver School Board, B.C., in 1995. He has participated many exhibitions in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan,  United States, and mainly in B.C., Canada since 1995. He was the recipient of the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award (Ceramics) in 1987. Now he is a studio potter and ceramic art instructor.




Artist: Ilsoo Kyng MacLaurin

Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin immigrated to Canada in 1967 as a Registered Nurse. Retiring after 30 years of service, she studied fine arts and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia in 2006. She is a member of the South Delta Artist’s Guild, the Delta Arts Council, the North Vancouver Artist’s Council and the Surrey Artist’s Council. This particular installation depicts an element of Ilsoo’s past. As with many of her works, it is grounded with in the natural world and visual visual appeal is at its roots. Ilsoo pays special attention to detail, structure and form; however behind this scene can there be more meaning? These dancers stir and spread the awareness of a past, which will allow the viewer a glimpse of the challenges that we must face together as a society. In her works, Ilsoo addresses the question of cultural identity and, in the process; a new synthesis is emerging through her own individual practice of creating art.


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