Come and celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies on Friday February 8 at the Nest Atrium Lower Level. Enjoy wonderful performances and participate in interesting cultural activities. It is free and open to the public!

Drop by our Pop-up Library booth between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We will feature our Great Reads Collection and language learning materials. You can also test your knowledge on the Lunar New Year and the UBC Library. Same as the past years, all visitors to the Asian Library booth will receive a pocket of luck (while quantities last)!

The celebration organized by the Department of Asian Studies will run from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Performances include lion dance, Korean drumming, K-pop dance, and Chinese music, etc. They also offer hands-on activities like Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, Cantonese Mahjong, Ring Toss, and more. Check out more details HERE!

The Asian Library would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig. We look forward to seeing you on February 8!

The Department of Asian Studies and the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia are pleased to announce the 2019 essay competition in Punjabi for Punjabi language students, in association with the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program at UBC. Students who were enrolled in a Punjabi language class or classes at a university, college, or at the pre-collegiate level in B.C. during the last three years (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19) can participate in this competition.

The essay topics for the competition are:

Beginner’s level: What is the importance of recycling?  

Advanced level: Discuss the pros and cons of social media?

Students can enter in this competition in either one of the following TWO categories, depending upon their level in Punjabi (Proof of level of most recently taken class is required):

Beginners: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in the first-year level of Punjabi at a university or college or grade 8 to 11 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 400 – 500 words essay on the above topic.

Advanced: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in a second year or higher-level Punjabi course at a university, college, or in grade 12 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 800 – 1000 words essay on the above topic.

One winner will be selected from each category and will be given an award of $200.00; one runner-up will be selected in each category, who receive an award of $50.00. These awards will be presented at a function in Liu Institute, at UBC, Vancouver on the evening of March 14th.

Those students who are currently enrolled in Punjabi classes can submit their essays to their teachers (who are then responsible for submitting them by the deadline); other students can forward their essays to the address given below. All submissions must be received on or before March 1st. No exceptions will be made.

For further information, please e-mail Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian & Himalayan Studies Librarian, at sarbjit.randhawa@ubc.ca.

To submit your essay, please send to:
Punjabi Competition
Asian Studies Department
Asian Centre, UBC
1871 West Mall, Vancouver V6T 1Z2

On October 26, the Asian Library hosted an early Diwali (Festival of Lights) or Deepavali celebration – the most widely celebrated festival in India and throughout South Asia – in partnership with the Centre for India and South Asia Research, Department of Asian Studies, and South Asian Canadian Histories Association. There were about 100 participants who enjoyed the tasty samosas, Khadija Bhatti’s henna painting, Klara Milada’s mantra singing and crystal bowl playing, a Hindi song by Raghavendra Rao K.V., a Research Associate from the Institute of Asian Research, a Punjabi song by Gurinder Mann, and Bhangra by the dancers of Gurdip Art’s Academy.

Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian, would like to thank Dr. Anne Murphy, Associate Prof. for Punjabi Language, Literature and Sikh Studies for her continued support to the Asian Library, and Shirin Eshghi, Head of the Asian Library, for her ongoing support and encouragement.

Come and celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the Asian Library, Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR), Department of Asian Studies, and South Asian Canadian Histories Association this year!

Friday, October 26, 2018
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 festival in India and throughout the Indian diaspora. Celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day), it usually takes place at the end of October or the first week of November. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. The festival celebration, which typically lasts from five to seven days, is celebrated by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with diyas, candles as well as colourful lights, and they share gifts and recite prayers.

UBC students, staff and faculty members are cordially invited to experience the diversity of culture through music, Henna, and delicious refreshments.

The Department of Asian Studies and the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia are pleased to announce the 2018 essay competition in Punjabi for Punjabi language students, in association with the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program at UBC. Students who were enrolled in a Punjabi language class or classes at a university, college, or at the pre-collegiate level in B.C. during the last three years (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18) can participate in this competition.

Topic: Write about your favorite book. Why do you like it and what do you learn from it? (Note: It is not necessary that this be a Punjabi book. You can write about a book in any language)

Students can enter in this competition in either one of the following TWO categories, depending upon their level in Punjabi. (Proof of level of most recently taken class is required, or your teacher can submit for you.) Although the topic is the same at the two levels, essays will be judged in accordance with students’ levels according to the two categories.

Beginners: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in the first-year level of Punjabi at a university or college or grade 8 to 11 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 400 – 500 word essay on the above topic.

Advanced: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in a second year or higher level Punjabi course at a university, college, or in grade 12 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 800 – 1000 word essay on the above topic.

One winner will be selected from each category and will be given an award of $200.00; one runnerup will be selected in each category, who receive an award of $50.00. These awards will be presented at a Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program event at Surrey City hall on the evening of March 4.

Those students who are currently enrolled in Punjabi classes can submit their essays to their teachers (who are then responsible for submitting them by the deadline); other students can forward their essays to the address given below. All submissions must be received on or before February 16. No exceptions will be made.

Please submit essays to: Punjabi Competition, Asian Studies Dept.; 1871 West Mall, UBC, Asian Centre V6T 1Z2. For further information, contact: Anne.Murphy@ubc.ca or sarbjit.randhawa@ubc.ca.

Paper Cutting (Shaanbei, China)

The Year of the Dog is approaching! Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Asian Library & the Department of Asian Studies on Friday February 9 at the Asian Centre. Enjoy wonderful performances, and participate in interesting cultural activities. It’s free and open to the public.

Library programs will be on from 12:30 pm till 2:30 pm. There are Yut Nori game and riddles. Visitors to the Asian Library may also receive a pocket of luck!

Programs organized by the Department of Asian Studies will begin at 10:00 am.  There are student and guest performances in the morning, and public seminar & cultural activities (calligraphy, seal engraving, hand sewing, paper cutting, bean picking, ring toss, and diabolo game) in the afternoon. They also offer lunch at $5.00. Click HERE for details.

Library Programs

Fun with Riddles
Lantern riddle is a folk custom of the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. The answer is guessed from a word, poem or phrase. At the same time, test yourself on how well you know about the Lunar New Year and the Asian Library. You will receive a gift if you get the answers correct!

Yut Nori Game
Yut Nori is a traditional board game played in Korea, especially during the Lunar New Year. It includes a board (malpan), four wooden sticks (yut) and small tokens (yunmal). Yut sticks are cast to determine how far a token can advance, and the score is determined by counting the sticks that are over, and those that are up. Join us for this fun game in Room 616 at Asian Library!

Pocket of Luck
All visitors to the library will receive a pocket of luck (while quantities last)!

Paper Cutting (Shaanbei, China)

The Year of the Dog is approaching! Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Asian Library & the Department of Asian Studies on Friday February 9 at the Asian Centre. Enjoy wonderful performances, and participate in interesting cultural activities. It’s free and open to the public.

Library programs will be on from 12:30 pm till 2:30 pm. There are Yut Nori game and riddles. Visitors to the Asian Library may also receive a pocket of luck!

Programs organized by the Department of Asian Studies will begin at 10:00 am.  There are student and guest performances in the morning, and public seminar & cultural activities (calligraphy, seal engraving, hand sewing, paper cutting, bean picking, ring toss, and diabolo game) in the afternoon. They also offer lunch at $5.00. Click HERE for details.

Library Programs

Fun with Riddles
Lantern riddle is a folk custom of the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. The answer is guessed from a word, poem or phrase. At the same time, test yourself on how well you know about the Lunar New Year and the Asian Library. You will receive a gift if you get the answers correct!

Yut Nori Game
Yut Nori is a traditional board game played in Korea, especially during the Lunar New Year. It includes a board (malpan), four wooden sticks (yut) and small tokens (yunmal). Yut sticks are cast to determine how far a token can advance, and the score is determined by counting the sticks that are over, and those that are up. Join us for this fun game in Room 616 at Asian Library!

Pocket of Luck
All visitors to the library will receive a pocket of luck (while quantities last)!

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