The Puban project in collaboration with Sun Yat-Sen Library, part of the Guangzhou library in Guangdong Province in China, is complete. There are 29 digitized titles each with multiple fascicles. The scanning process primarily involved the use of our ATIZ scanners (a How We Digitize blog post about these scanners is coming soon!).

The core of the Puban (蒲坂藏書) was originally a part of the famed Nanzhou Shu Lou (南州書樓), a large private library owned by Xu Shaoqi (徐紹棨) (1879–1948), a professor of Chinese literature and bibliography, curator of the Guangdong Provincial Library and one of the renowned bibliophiles of South China. The focus of the Nanzhou was primarily census and historical records, documents and literature of Xu’s native province. Some of these works are unique, original copies drawn from the Nanzhou materials that were transferred from the Mainland to the Yao (姚) Family in Macau during World War II. The new owner, Mr. Yao Junshi (姚鈞石), enlarged the collection with high quality works of a similar nature and gave it its present name, the Puban.

Click here to view the collection 

Click here to read an earlier post about the Puban project.


As China seeks to position itself as a reasonable power on the world stage, it must recognize the needs and aspirations of the multitude of “minority nationalities” within its territories. In this talk, Dr. Leo Shin will examine some of the “minority problems” China is encountering and situate them within a broader historical context.   As a cultural historian of later imperial China, Professor Shin offers courses on Chinese and world history. Visitors are encouraged to learn more about his research and teaching as well as to explore the wider world of history and China resources.

Speaker Bio

Leo K. Shin is a cultural historian specializing in later imperial China.  His research interest lies in the relationship between culture, identity, and historical memory. In his reading and writing, he seeks to understand in particular how the sociology of culture—the production, transmission, and consumption of beliefs and practices—has shaped not only how the boundaries of China have been drawn but also how China itself has been historicized.  His current book project, The Uses of a Chinese Martyr, is a study of the memories of Yue Fei (1103–1142), the famous Song-dynasty general who was ordered to death by the emperor but who has since been transformed into the premier symbol of loyalism and patriotism in Chinese societies. The study examines the history of this transformation and explores what it may reveal about the relationship between culture, identity, and memory in later imperial China.

UBC Library Resources

Shin, Leo K. The Making of the Chinese State: Ethnicity and Expansion on the Ming Borderlands.  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). [Available at Walter C. Koerner Library]

Shin, Leo K. “Thinking about ‘Non-Chinese’ in Ming China.” Forthcoming in Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, 1500-1800, ed. Peter Miller and François Louis. [Link]

Shin, Leo K. “The Nation and Its Logic in Early Twentieth-Century China.”Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 18.2 (2007): 104-122. [Link]

Shin, Leo K.  “Ming China and Its Border with Annam.” In Chinese State at the Borders, ed. Diana Lary, 91-104. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007. [Link]

Shin, Leo K. “The last campaigns of Wang Yangming.” T ‘oung Pao (2006): 92-1. [Link]

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Institute of Asian Research (IAR). Chaired By: Joseph Caron, Former Canadian Ambassador to Japan. Besides international factors such as the 2008 world financial crisis, there are important domestic factors in China’s current external policy. They include the intensive debates over the necessity and content of economic and political reforms, and people’s dissatisfaction and anxiety about the flip side of China’s rapid growth. This talk will take up the case of China’s hardline approach towards Japan over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands, and discuss why it continues despite the undaunted advancement of economic exchange, and how the rest of the world should react to it. Dr. Akio Takahara graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, and received his PhD from the University of Sussex. He previously worked at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Japanese consulate in Hong Kong, J.F. Oberlin University, Rikkyo University, the Japanese embassy in Beijing, and University of Tokyo. He was a visiting professor at Harvard University (2005–06). He is currently a professor at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo, a member and Secretary General of the New 21st Century Committee for Japan-China Friendship and a senior researcher with the Tokyo Foundation. His academic interest revolves around contemporary Chinese politics and China’s foreign policy. His publications include “New Developments in East Asian Security” (2005), “Beyond the Borders: Contemporary Asian Studies Volume One” (2008), “Putting the Senkaku Dispute Into Pandora’s Box: Toward a ‘2013 Consensus” (2013).

With recent changes to the law, this panel discusses: general purpose and structure of tax treaties; domestic tax systems in Hong Kong and China; key features of the treaty; and opportunities for investment to and from Hong Kong and China.


Wei Cui, David Duff, Barry MacDonald (Partner, Tax Services, PwC), Lori Mathison (Managing Partner, Dentons)

Ilan Vertinsky explores the ways China interprets its international obligations to support the rights of its people to health and affordable basic medicines. He will discuss the various policies introduced to achieve the affordable medicine objectives and examine their effectiveness. He will then examine the apparent conflict between these objectives and China’s obligations under the World Trade Organization agreement, Trade-Related Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to protect intellectual property and explore the extent to which China utilizes available TRIPS flexibilities. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the political economy of the pharmaceutical sector explaining the dynamics of coordinated compliance in the supply of affordable medicines.


Ilan Vertinsky is Professor at the Institute for Asian Research, the Institute of Resources, Environment & Sustainability, and the Sauder School of Business. A common focus of his research to date has been the intersection of uncertainty, resilience, and environmental discontinuities. His research interests include Decision Theory and Corporate Strategy, Resource and Forest Management, International Business and the Pacific Rim, Political Evaluation of Policy.

Select Articles Available at UBC Library

Park, I. Vertinsky and Lee, Korean International Joint Ventures (Accepted January 2012); How the Exchange Climate Affects Tacit Knowledge Transfer from Foreign Parents,  Marketing International Review. [Link]

I. Vertinsky, O. Branzei and M. Nakamura (January 2011), Learning in collaborative R&D When Multinationality Matters, Asian Business and Management Journal, 10, 9-36. [Link]

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Nechako Lakes district recently requested $1 million in loans to operate B.C.-certified schools in China.

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