10-10:05am WELCOME

Shirin Eshghi Furuzawa, Head, Asian Library

10:05 – 10:25am PUNJABI

Stories from the Fascinating Folktales of Punjab series
ਦੋ ਬਾਤਾਂ: ਤੋਤੇ ਤੇ ਲਿਲ੍ਹਾਂ Tales of the Parrots & The Berries

Punjabi & English Storytellers:
Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian &
Gagan Cheema, UBC Alumni (BSc Speech and Hearing Science) and incoming MSc (Faculty of Medicine, Speech Language Pathology)

10:30-10:45am HINDI

Hindi Moral Stories – Fox & Crow and Dove & Ant

Hindi & English Storyteller:
Taranjit Singh, UBC Library Assistant and UBC Alumni (Former Graduate Student Society President & M Journalism)

10:45-11am PERSIAN

Persian Songs from Persian Language Online
Selected Stories from Bedtime Stories for Kids (Spring) by Children’s Research Centre Donyā

Persian & English Storyteller:
Sadaf Ahmadbeigi, UBC iSchool Student

11-11:15am ACTIVITY BREAK

Chinese & Tibetan Calligraphy with Esther Yang, UBC Tibetan Language Student
Punjabi Calligraphy with Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian

11:15-11:40am KOREAN

Flap Flap 훨훨 간다by Kwon Jeong-saeng; Translated by UBC MLIS Graduate T. Yun Hee Lee, Illustrated by Kim Yong-cheol

Korean Storyteller:
Joon-hyung Park, Author and Founder of Creative Writing for Children Society

English Storyteller:
Angela Ahn, Children’s Book Author and UBC Alumni (BA, BEd(Sec), MLIS)

11:45am-12:15pm MANDARIN

Yuan xiao jie 元宵节 by Wang Zaozao 王早早

Mandarin and English Storytellers:
Kristin (Junling) Liu, VP Academics, UBC Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Current BCom Student
Helen (Xin Liu) Wu, Director Academics, UBC Chinese Students and Scholars Association Member, Current BCom (Accounting) Student

12:15-1pm ACTIVITY BREAK

Tibetan Calligraphy with Esther Yang, Tibetan Language Student
Punjabi Calligraphy with Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian
Origami with Tomoko Kitayama, Japanese Studies Librarian
Japanese Children’s Activities with Fuma Aoki, Political Science Student

1-1:25pm CANTONESE

Let’s Take a Walk by Larry Grant & Sarah Ling

Cantonese Storyteller:
Sarah Ling, Community Engagement Manager, St. John’s College, UBC

Selection of Stories from Storybooks Canada
https://www.storybookscanada.ca/

Selection of Stories from Classic Legends

Cantonese Storyteller:
Zoe Wai-Man Lam, Sessional Lecturer, Asian Studies Department

English Storyteller:
Wendy Yip, University Ambassador

1:30-2pm JAPANESE

Peach Boy (Momotarō) ももたろう by Kawauchi Sayumi

My Friends みんながおしえてくれましたby Gomi Taro 五味 太郎

Japanese Storyteller and Translator:
Motoki Nozawa (Current MEd & Asian Studies Teaching Assistant)

English Storyteller:
Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC

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

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.

UPDATE  Thank you for your participation! If you are interested in future Punjabi book club events, please email your name and contact information to the Asian Library at asian.library@ubc.ca.


Date, Time & Place

Meet & Greet: Tuesday, January 30, 6:30-8:00 pm
Discussion: Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8:30 pm
Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall (map)

Fee
$10 per person, including a copy of the book and light refreshments at both sessions.

This book club is in Punjabi language and is suitable for those who study Punjabi at an advanced level, or who are fluent in the language. We invite current students, staff and faculty, as well as community members to participate. In this book club, each member will be reading the novel Khabar Ik Pind di by Pargat Singh Satoj.

About the Book: ਖਬਰ ਇੱਕ ਪਿੰਡ ਦੀ: ਨਾਵਲ / ਪਰਗਟ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਤੌਜ (News from a Village by Pargat Singh Satoj)

Khabar Ik Pind di was awarded the best Punjabi novel in the Vancouver based Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature ($25,000 CAD) this year. It is fantasy written in the form of magical realism and it explores Punjabi culture and day-to-day life in modern Punjabi villages. In this novel, the late Balwant Singh Tarak revisits his village Meharpur after his death. The book is written brilliantly with Banti – the narrator helps readers catch glimpses of the world of fantasy and realism. This unique style of the author enables him to dispassionately cast glances on the bitter sweet social, economic and political life of Punjabi villagers.

About the Facilitator: Taranjit Singh Dhillon

Taranjit Singh Dhillon is a Vancouver based journalist and is studying at the Graduate School of Journalism, UBC Vancouver. He is currently serving as the President of the Graduate Student Society- UBC Vancouver representing almost 10,000 graduate students of UBC Vancouver. He also serves as a member of the UBC Alumni Advisory council. He has worked briefly with the Canadian not-for-profit think-tank Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Vancouver.

Taranjit holds a Master’s degree in the Defense and National Security Studies from Panjab University Chandigarh. Before moving to Canada, he was associated with Jyotirgamaya, a community radio station based in Panjab University Chandigarh, where he made audio recordings of graduate level course books for visually disabled students studying in various universities and colleges in Punjab. In addition, Taranjit has hosted and interviewed numerous diplomats, ministers and academicians in India.

ਤਰਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਢਿੱਲੋਂ ਵੈਨਕੂਵਰ ਅਧਾਰਤ ਪੱਤਰਕਾਰ  ਹੈ।  ਉਹ ਗ੍ਰੈਜੂਏਟ ਸਕੂਲ ਆਫ ਜਰਨਲਿਜ਼ਮ, ਯੂਬੀਸੀ ਵੈਨਕੁਵਰ ਵਿਚ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਰਿਹਾ  ਹੈ  ਅਤੇ  ਵਰਤਮਾਨ ਸਮੇਂ  ਵਿੱਚ ਗਰੈਜੂਏਟ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ ਸੋਸਾਇਟੀ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਦੇ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ  ਹੈ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਓਹ  ਯੂ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਵੈਨਕੁਵਰ ਦੇ ਲਗਭਗ 10,000 ਗ੍ਰੈਜੂਏਟ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਤੀਨਿਧਤਾ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ।  ਉਹ ਯੂਬੀਸੀ ਅਲੂਮਨੀ ਐਡਵਾਈਜ਼ਰੀ ਕੌਂਸਲ ਮੈਂਬਰ ਦੇ ਰੂਪ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਣੀ ਮੁੱਖ ਭੁਮਿਕਾ ਨਿਭਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ।  ਉਸਨੇ ਵੈਨਕੂਵਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਥਿੱਤ   ਥਿੰਕਟੈਂਕ – ਏਸ਼ੀਆ ਪੈਸੀਫਿਕ ਫਾਊਂਡੇਸ਼ਨ ਆਫ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਲਈ ਵੀ ਕੰਮ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ।

ਤਰਨ ਨੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ ਚੰਡੀਗੜ੍ਹ ਤੋਂ ਡਿਫੈਂਸ ਅਤੇ ਨੈਸ਼ਨਲ ਸਕਿਓਰਿਟੀ ਸਟੱਡੀਜ਼ ਵਿਚ ਮਾਸਟਰ ਡਿਗਰੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਆਉਣ  ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਉਹ ਜਯੋਤਿਰਗਾਮਿਆ ਨਾਲ ਸੰਬੰਧਿਤ ਸੀ -ਜੋ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ ਚੰਡੀਗੜ੍ਹ ਵਿਚ ਸਥਿਤ ਇਕ ਕਮਿਊਨਿਟੀ ਰੇਡੀਓ ਸਟੇਸ਼ਨ ਹੈ, ਜਿੱਥੇ ਓਹ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੀ ਵੱਖ-ਵੱਖ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਾਲਜਾਂ  ਵਿੱਚ ਪੜ੍ਹਦੇ ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਟੀ ਹੀਣ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਲਈ ਗ੍ਰੈਜੂਏਟ ਪੱਧਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਕੋਰਸ ਪੁਸਤਕਾਂ ਦੀ  ਰਿਕਾਰਡਿੰਗ ਕਰ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ । ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਇਲਾਵਾ ਤਰਨ,  ਭਾਰਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਈ ਰਾਜਦੂਤ, ਮੰਤਰੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਵਿਦਵਾਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਇੰਟਰਵਿਊ ਕਰ ਚੁਕਿਆ ਹੈ।

Questions? Please contact Indic Language Librarian Sarbjit Randhawa at sarbjit.randhawa@ubc.ca.

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