Thank you for participating the Asian–language book clubs 2018!

This is the second Asian-language book club program after its launch in the fall of 2016. With the support from the Faculty of Arts, we were able to extend the initiative from two to four languages – Korean, Punjabi, Japanese, and Chinese.  All four book clubs took place between January and April.  Each had two sessions, a “meet and greet” session followed by a book discussion about a month later.

Three out of the four books selected for the events are novels written by award-winning writers in Asia, including the Korean novel Chinatown (중국인 거리) by Oh Jung-hee (오 정희), the Japanese work Convenience Store People (コンビニ人間 ) by Murata Sayaka (村田沙耶香), and the Punjabi novel  News from a Village (ਖਬਰ ਇੱਕ ਪਿੰਡ ਦੀ: ਨਾਵਲ) by Pargat Singh Satoj (ਪਰਗਟ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਤੌਜ). The Chinese-language biography A Way of Finding What’s True (寻找苏慧廉) was written by local writer –  by Shen Jia (沈迦). Participants in the Chinese and Korean book clubs had the exciting opportunity to meet and engage with the book author and translators who graciously agreed to facilitate the sessions. The Japanese and Punjabi book club members were joined by UBC graduate students Cyrus and Taranjit to explore their books through structured activities and animated discussions.

The book clubs aimed to provide an opportunity for current students, faculty, alumni, and other interested community members with advanced fluency in Asian-language to form ties with others in their respective literary communities. All four book clubs were well-attended, with 64 participants in total and attracted a wide-range of participants. 39% of attendees were students (12.5% graduate and 26.5% undergraduate), 12.5% faculty,  8% staff, 14% alumni, 11% residents from the UBC neighbourhood, and 15.5% community members unaffiliated with UBC. Some participants were non-native speakers. The diverse backgrounds of the participants contributed to the interesting discussions, which were accompanied by Asian-style refreshments.

In our post-event surveys, a number of participants expressed their desire to see an on-going Asian-language book club program. The Asian Library will continue to explore the possibility. If you are interested in future book club events, or if you have any suggestions on a book club topic, please email to asian.library@ubc.ca.

Korean book club

Punjabi book club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese book club

Chinese book club

JAPANESE-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

BQ8912.9 J3 K66 2017
神と仏の日本文化 : 遍照の宝鑰 / 小峰彌彦

CT203 J3 S84 2017
異名・ニックネーム辞典 / 杉村喜光編著

DS822.5 O34448 2017
くらべる時代 : 昭和と平成 / おかべたかし文 ; 山出高士写真

DS869 S245 S26 2017
真田信之 / 黒田基樹編著

DS881.3 I259 2017
明治維新とは何だったのか : 薩長抗争史から「史実」を読み直す / 一坂太郎著

HN723.5 K258 2017 v.1-2
声なき人々の戦後史 / 鎌田慧 ; 聞き手出河雅彦

HQ759.9 A53 2017
祖父母であること : 戦後日本の人口・家族変動のなかで/ 安藤究著

JQ1698 A1 T49 2017
近現代日本における政党支持基盤の形成と変容 : 「憲政常道」から「五十五年体制」へ / 手塚雄太著

NK1175 S25 2017
最新現代デザイン事典 / 監修勝井三雄, 田中一光, 向井周太郎 ; 編集委員伊東順二, 柏木博

NK1484 A1 M868 2017
清水三年坂美術館村田理如コレクション, 明治工芸入門 / 村田理如

PL865 O715 Z758 2017
吉本隆明と中上健次 / 三上治

PN1998.2 H545 2017
「昭和」の子役 : もうひとつの日本映画史 / 樋口尚文

PN6790 J3 M3625 2017
マンガ・アニメで論文・レポートを書く : 「好き」を学問にする方法 / 山田奨治編著

JAPANESE-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

BQ988 U887 M38 2017
大拙と松ケ岡文庫 : 鈴木大拙没後五十年記念

DK266 M365 2017
ソ連という実験 : 国家が管理する民主主義は可能か / 松戶清裕

DS881.2 W57 2017
幕末維新素描紀行 / チャールズ・ワーグマン ; 山本秀峰編訳

E184 J3 T35 2017
日系アメリカ人のエスニシティ : 強制収容と補償運動による変遷

FC76 U34 2017
カナダ歴史街道をゆく / 上原善広

HQ77.95 J3 K6 2017
性別に違和感がある子どもたち : トランスジェンダー・SOGI・性の多様性 / 康純編著

LA1138.7 Z446163 2017
躍動する青春 : 日本統治下台湾の学生生活 / 鄭麗玲著 ; 河本尚枝訳

PL755.87 S542 N64 2017
遺すことば : 作家たちのがん闘病記 / 青山文平等

PL856 I74 Z88 2017
夢をのみ : 日本SFの金字塔・光瀬竜 / 立川ゆかり

PN1995.9 L6 S27 2017
恋愛映画小史 / 佐藤忠男

PN2928 I78 I86 2017
石原裕次郎太陽の男 / 編集岸川真, 山田隆幸


CHINESE-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

HD6072.2 H78 S8 2015 (Great Reads)
外傭 : 住在家中的陌生人 / 作者蘇美智 ; 攝影Robert Godden

PL2837 M22 D36 2017
當我提筆寫下你 : 你就來到我面前 / 張曼娟

PL2929.5 N4184 S59 2017
死著 : 張翎中篇小說集 / 張翎


KOREAN-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

PL992.62 W34 K58 2017
꿈을 찍는 사진사 : 박완서 소설집

PL994.415 S225 T6 2017
더 나쁜 쪽 으로 : 김 사과 소설

PL994.46 R5 P65 2017
폭식 광대 / 권 리 소설집

PL994.545 C45 N8 2017
눈 의 황홀 : 명 지현 소설집

WWII Japanese Canadian lettersRare Book and Special Collections at UBC Library is thrilled to have acquired an extraordinary collection of letters that provide unique insight into the devastating effects of the Japanese Canadian internment during World War II.

The collection of 147 letters, written to donor Joan Gillis in 1942 by a group of young Japanese Canadians she met while attending Queen Elizabeth Secondary School in Surrey, talk of daily life and the challenges faced by these young people after being ordered out of the “Security Zone” on the B.C. coast, and are filled with frequent references to acute homesickness and sadness at being removed from their homes. The writers range in age from 13 to 18.

RBSC is pleased to be able to add this unique acquisition to its robust Japanese Canadian Research collection that includes materials on business and commerce, mining, farming, fishing, forestry, religious activities, education, community, reminiscences and biographies in addition to materials on the Japanese Canadian evacuation.

You can learn more about the collection of letters by reading the full press release. If you’d like to see the letters in person, feel free to visit Rare Books and Special Collections and join a tour!

Date: April 23 – June 30, 2018
Location: Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) (map)
Hours: Asian Library open hours (see hours)

Mr. Yim Tse (謝琰), Chinese Librarian (1968-1999), passed away on March 16, 2018. Asian Library has set up a book display at the Asian Centre entrance in memory of this pioneer librarian and friend.

Born in Hong Kong in 1936, Yim Tse graduated from the University of British Columbia and received a graduate diploma in librarianship from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.  He began to work at the UBC Asian Library as Chinese Librarian in 1968 and served until his retirement in 1999.  For more than 30 years of service, Yim was highly respected by UBC faculty and students for his knowledge and in-depth reference support. He and his family are also devoted supporters of UBC.

In addition to his contributions as a librarian, Mr. Tse was a renowned calligrapher. He studied Chinese calligraphy in his early years under Mr. Lam Chin Shek (林千石) and dedicated himself to studying and creating Chinese calligraphic art. Moreover, he undertook the promotion of Chinese calligraphy as his lifelong calling, and at the same time he played the role as a curator, writer, and translator. Over the years, Yim curated 10 collective and four of his own solo Chinese calligraphy exhibitions, as well as published and translated a number of books. Many of his works were shown in exhibitions and collected by the Canadian Museum of History, UBC, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, BC, and Nankai University located in Tianjin, China.

Below is the list of items on display:

Proses:
《懷玉堂隨筆》 Essays from the Hall of Hidden Jade (PL2968 Y35 H83 2015)
《謝琰八十自述-談書法與人生》 Eighty Years of My Life: On Life and Calligraphy (2016)

Exhibition catalogues:
《翰墨因緣》 Karma of the Brush (ND1454.5 C3 V3 1985)
《翰墨因緣》 Karma of the Brush (ND1454.5 C3 V3 1995)
《尺素寸衷》 A Foot of Silk: A Bond of Friendship (ND1475 C56 T732 1998)
《聖言書藝展》 Calligraphic Art of Confucius Sayings (NK3634 A2 S532 2001)
《墨韻心聲》 Reflections from a Chinese Brush (NK3634 X54 A4 2007)
《書藝友聲》 A Gathering of Brushes (2009)

Calligraphic illustrations:
《墨花心影誦唐詩》 Ink Blossoms, Mind Shadows: Chanting Tang Poems (PL2531 M6 1999)
《獨陪明月看荷花》 Ode to Lotus: Selected Poems of Florence Chia-Ying Yeh (PL2924 C5335 D83 2007)
《去國偶吟:夏偉良詩詞集》 Casual Poetry Away from My Homeland by Joe Hah (2011)

English translations:
《論語百則》 100 Sayings from the Analects (collaboration) (PL2471 R468 2004)
《白日夢: 黃永強攝影集》 Day Dreaming: A Photo Collection by K.W. Wong (TR655 H82 2010)

See also:Remembering Mr. Yim Tse, Chinese Librarian 1968-1999

Shakespeare second folioThis past spring term, Rare Books and Special Collections hosted a number of classes from a wide variety of disciplines, including English, history, art history, German studies, Asian studies, and many more. We love hosting classes, as it allows us to introduce so many more students to our amazing collections. We especially love to see the results of the students’ work with our collections and the incredible insights they bring to their topics. Now we’re very happy to share some of this great student work with you!

One of the assignments for Professor Patsy Badir’s course, “Image and Text in Seventeenth Century Literature,” was an in-depth exploration of a single book from a selection of 17th-century items here at RBSC. Students were asked to research the history of the item and introduce it to a public audience online. We have a few of these student projects to share with you and hope you enjoy them. Perhaps you will be inspired to stop by RBSC to see one of the items for yourself!

Next up: Ana Maria Fernandez Grandizo’s exploration of the second folio edition of Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies:

https://anamariafdzg.wixsite.com/ubcshakespearefolio/printing-binding

Enjoy!

“Mechanical books should look like ordinary books. Their success is to be measured by the ingenuity with which their bookish format conceals unbookish characteristics.” – Iona and Peter Opie

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to announce a new exhibition: Once Upon a Pop-up!

The exhibition, curated by UBC Master of Library and Information Studies candidates Lucas Hill, Brooklyn Kemp, Sarah Khan, and Meaghan Smith, under the supervision of Professor Kathie Shoemaker, have curated a selection of pop-up books from RBSC’s children’s literature collection, ranging from the horror-filled to the historical, from the architectural to Alice in Wonderland.

Pop-up books and their movable book cousins have challenged our assumptions about books and reading for more than 700 years. They push the limits of the “book” and reinterpret the form. Pop-up books combine linear storytelling with aspects of visual spectacle and surprise to bring delight and add new facets to a narrative. Book becomes game. These pop-ups raise the question: how do you “read” something in three dimensions?

Not just for children anymore, pop-up books require exemplary teamwork from experts across the field; authors, illustrators, paper engineers, publishers, designers, and the often dozens of people responsible for putting the pop-up book together, must work as a team to perfect the form. Paper engineering is an art that requires many hands.

Once Upon a Pop-up is on display on level 1 (RBSC reading room) and level 2 (main foyer) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from April 11 through May 31, 2018. 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 rare.books@ubc.ca.

We hope you will admire the ingenuity and grandeur of the unassuming pop-up book in all of its papery glory as much as we do!

Image from Wither's EmblemesThis past spring term, Rare Books and Special Collections hosted a number of classes from a wide variety of disciplines, including English, history, art history, German studies, Asian studies, and many more. We love hosting classes, as it allows us to introduce so many more students to our amazing collections. We especially love to see the results of the students’ work with our collections and the incredible insights they bring to their topics. Now we’re very happy to share some of this great student work with you!

One of the assignments for Professor Patsy Badir’s course, “Image and Text in Seventeenth Century Literature,” was an in-depth exploration of a single book from a selection of 17th-century items here at RBSC. Students were asked to research the history of the item and introduce it to a public audience online. We have a few of these student projects to share with you and hope you enjoy them. Perhaps you will be inspired to stop by RBSC to see one of the items for yourself!

First up: Aiden Tait’s exploration of George Wither’s Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne:

https://a-tait.tumblr.com/

Enjoy!

CHINESE-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

AZ791 Z7 Z45 2017
浙東學術研究 : 近代中國思想史中的知識, 道德與現世關懷 / 鄭吉雄著

CT3990 X825 B627 2017
博物館裡的文字學家 / 許進雄著

DS779.26 L594 2017
向良心說謊的民族 : 劉曉波文集 / 劉曉波著

HD9056 C62 C37 2017
蠡園驚夢 : 無錫王曹家族往事 / 曹可凡, 宋路霞著

NA1546 H66 F867 2016 (Great Reads)
誰把爛泥扶上壁 : 你所不知的香港建築故事 / 馮永基著

PL2861 O235 N38 2015 (Great Reads)
那一隻生了厚繭的手 / 何福仁著

PL2886 O1684 Z95 2017
論莫言 : 紅高粱上飛翔的自由精靈 / 張志忠著

PL2919 T534 T36 2017
探路 / 王定國

PL2949.5 D34 B5 2017
閉起雙眼你最掛念誰 = This ain’t a love song / Middle故事 ; 林夕詞文

PN6790 C6 L35 2015 (Great Reads)
功夫港漫口述歷史(1960-2014) / 黎明海編著

 

KOREAN-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

PL980.6 I33 2017
이해 없이 당분간 / 김 금희 외

PL992.415 T37 A6 2017
아름다운 그이 는 사람 이어라 : 김 탁환 소설

PL992.425 C48 A6 2017
할머니 는 죽지 않는다 : 공 지영 소설

PL992.6 S83 P34 2017
뱀 과 물 : 배 수아 소설

PL994.58 H96 N35 2017
나 는 왕 이며 광대 였지 : 오 현종 소설

PL994.78 S5 A68 2017
아이 의 뼈 : 송 시우 소설집

PL 994.9 K54 A6 2017
세 살 버릇 여름 까지 간다 / 이 기호

PL994.9 Y822 K68 2017
커트 : 이 유 소설집

PL994.94 C468 H33 2017
하바롭스크 의 밤 : 유 재영 소설집

PL994.96 H346 K68 2017
코러스 크로노스 : 윤 해서 소설집

 

JAPANESE-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

D767 H6 G4698 2017
原爆死の真実 : きのこ雲の下で起きていたこと / NHKスペシャル取材班

N7355 I26 2017
近さと隔たり/存在する, 美術 / 市川政憲

NC998.6 J3 Y85 2017
描き文字のデザイン / 雪朱里著 ; 大貫伸樹監修

PL801 K8 Z594 2017
芥川追想 / 石割透編

PL811 U8 S5 2017
釈迦 / 武者小路実篤作

PL812 A8 Z786 2017
漱石のヒロインたち : 古典から読む / 増田裕美子

PL856 A8196 M44 2017
名誉と恍惚 / 松浦寿輝

PL861 H496 Z874 2017
澁澤龍彥ふたたび / ヤマザキマリ [and 13 others]

PN1998.3 O98 N34 2017
精読小津安二郎 : 死の影の下に / 中澤千磨夫

Z659 H22163 2017
アルカイダから古文書を守った図書館員 / ジョシュア・ハマー ; 梶山あゆみ訳

 

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