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At the end of May the Library hosted former British Library curator Dr. Frances Wood, who spoke at several events as part of the Library’s centennial celebrations

Dr. Wood presented a lecture on Buddhism, Christianity and the Silk Road, explaining the travel of religions, commodities, people and ideas along the Silk Road to nearly one hundred and fifty people. Commodities such as spinach, grapes and cucumbers made their way to China, while medicinal rhubarb was exported from China to central Asia.

She was also noted that the “Silk Road” is a European-centric term, and that those from Asia might identify it better as the Jade Road, for it’s pre-silk commodity from Khotan (3000 BCE). Her engaging talk highlighted the movement of Buddhism from India to China, and other religions such as Manicheanism, Zoroastrianism and Islam.

The webcast is available on the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s webcasts portal for those want to view the talk.

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While in Vancouver, Dr. Wood also participated in an informal interview/conversation with Dr. Timothy Brook, a UBC History professor and Chair in Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research. The pair discussed their mutual experiences as students in China during the Cultural Revolution. 

For those who missed the events, pictures are available on the Library’s Flickr page.


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This month’s issue of LibFOCUS is packed with things to do at UBC Library this month, including tours, exhibits, Asian Heritage month events and a survey to take.

The readership survey ends May 21, 2013.


It is a pleasure to announce that the WCILCOS conference papers and handbook are all available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository! Explore this collection and find papers, webcasts, etc. on topics about Chinese pioneers, family policy, national identity as well as these community areas: the Moy Kwok Village, the Sa Duoy Village and New Westminster in British Columbia, Canada.

Discover and learn more about the WCILCOS collection in cIRcle at:

Did You Know?

Coming soon – Recent issues of UBC Forestry’s Branchlines and Annual Report publications will be added to cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. Stay tuned for more details on our cIRcle blog and if you haven’t already, follow us on Twitter: @cIRcle_UBC (

The WCILCOS (World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries in Chinese Overseas Studies) is a federation established by participating institutes and libraries in a Chinese Overseas Studies conference in Athens, Ohio, in 2000, to facilitate co-operation between scholarship and documentation, and between institutes, libraries, and archives in different parts of the world. Registered in Ohio, it is non-profit and non-political. No membership dues are collected. Since the inception of WCILCOS in 2000, the Dr. You-Bao Shao Overseas Chinese Documentation Center has served as its secretariat, and devoting its resources to the Confederation’s goals and visions.

The WCILCOS conference was held May 16-19, 2012 at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus with 150+ international delegates in attendance.

It was the ‘first time UBC has been invited to host the WCILCOS Conference, and the first time it has been hosted in Canada. Eleanor Yuen, Head of UBC’s Asian Library, has helped organize WCILCOS conferences since 2003’.

We hope you will take a few minutes to peruse the new WCILCOS conference papers collection in cIRcle at:

Did You Know?

An electronic copy of the Register of Chinese Immigrants to Canada was preserved at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa. It was created between 2005 and 2008 as part of a research project on immigration from China to Canada directed by Professors Peter Ward and Henry Yu of the Department of History at the University of British Columbia. See this popular cIRcle item which has had 500+ views in the History Faculty Research collection at:

Above excerpt in bold italics is taken from the WCILCOS (World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries in Chinese Overseas Studies) conference handbook

Above partial excerpt in italics and image are courtesy of the UBC Library website at:

Chinese Through the Americas Conference

UBC Library is pleased to announce that, in cooperation with the Ohio University Libraries, it will host the 5th WCILCOS International Conference of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies. The event will be held May 16-19 at UBC’s Point Grey campus, and will focus on “Chinese through the Americas.” More than 150 delegates from around the world will gather in Vancouver to present and discuss research topics and findings.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Henry Yu (Department of History, UBC) and Prof. Guotu Zhuang (Xiamen University). Conference presentations will be shared via UBC’s cIRcle.

This is the first time UBC has been invited to host the WCILCOS Conference, and the first time it has been hosted in Canada. Eleanor Yuen, Head of UBC’s Asian Library, has helped organize WCILCOS conferences since 2003.

On behalf of UBC Library, we extend a warm welcome to all WCILCOS attendees!




May 2012 issue

In the May issue of LibFOCUS, we feature a tribute to UBC’s Japanese Canadian students who were uprooted in the 1940s. This valuable project included the contributions of UBC Library.

We also remember Dr. Irving K. Barber, a visionary and one of the Library’s greatest supporters.

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