May 18-20: Professor Paul Crowe presented at a research colloquium, “La religion des Chinois de France: Implantations, croyances at pratiques,” at the École pratique des hautes études at the Université Paris - Sorbonne. He shared some findings from his research into a network of Daoist spirit medium altars in Vancouver and Hong Kong.
The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China
China's entry in modernity was not just traumatic, but uproarious. As the Qing last dynasty fell, prominent writers compiled jokes to form collections called “histories of laughter.” Focusing on the case of China, this talk will discuss how political turmoil, new media, and other forces nurtured cultures of humor in a modernizing society, from the last days of empire to the digital age. learn more →
Driftwood Transcultural Forum
Engaging with Lo Fu’s unique aesthetics of exile and his concerns for displacement and drifting as the everlasting fate of humanity, the forum aims at establishing an annual international platform to facilitate transcultural debate, discussion and dialogue. learn more →
News and Announcements
External Award: Japan Foundation
Japanese Studies Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
This program provides preeminent foreign scholars and researchers (including PhD candidates) in the field of Japanese studies with opportunities to conduct research in Japan with the aim of supporting them and promoting Japanese studies overseas.
Airfare, Travel and Research Allowances as well as Monthly Benefits will be provided by this fellowship program.
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. More than 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2017/18 academic year1. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.
For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please address your questions to HKPF@ugc.edu.hk.
SFU Vancouver Open House
12 October 2016 (Wednesday)
SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
International Competition on Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles
The Hong Kong SAR Government is organising an International Competition on Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles to researchers and students. Finalists and award winners will be sponsored to attend the championship in Hong Kong and a visit to green facilities in Germany.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016 (Hong Kong time)
Entry submission Deadline: January 31, 2017 (Hong Kong time)
We are pleased to announce publication by the SFU David Lam Centre of the eleventh issue of the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies (CJBS). Publication of CJBS 11 (2016) follows a year of Canada-wide consultation with Buddhist scholars, the forming of a new and expanded editorial board, and creation of a new online format in cooperation with the Public Knowledge Project at SFU. CJBS is a scholarly peer-reviewed, open access, online journal covering all aspects of Buddhist studies. Thanks to the hard work of Journal Manager, Bao Ngoc LE, we have also created and maintain CJBS News, a new companion blog curated with assistance and contributions from Canadian graduate students. Dr. Paul Crowe, a member of DLC Steering Committee, led efforts to reform and expand the CJBS to better support Buddhist scholarship and provide opportunities for graduate students. The journal is open to Canadian and international submissions from scholars in a wide variety of relevant fields including anthropology, philosophy, sociology, psychology, history and religious studies, and welcomes articles on classical textual and intertextual analysis.
Dr. Bidisha Ray, Senior Lecturer of Department of History at SFU represents the David Lam Centre on the BC Punjabi Intercultural History Advisory Committee. This intercultural project is established by the Royal BC Museum with DLC and the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at University of the Fraser Valley as partners. Two community events "Legacy of BC's Punjabi Canadians" took place on June 27 and 28 in Abbotsford and Prince George. The upcoming consultation in Vancouver is scheduled on September 16 at Sunset Community Centre.
"CANADA CHINATOWN SERIES" FINAL STOP IN CALGARY A BIG SUCCESS
The "Canada Chinatown Series - Calgary" edition presented by the David Lam Centre's Chinese Canadian History Project Council was well-received by the public in Calgary on April 30. Two launches took place; one in the morning and the second in the evening with a full-house attendance. Government representatives at the provincial and municipal levels as well as local media were among the speakers at the launches. Council members were invited, with our community partners, to a formal luncheon with the People's Republic of China Consul-General Wang Xinping. We thank the Chinese Canadian Community Service Association (CCCSA), the Calgary Chinatown Lions' Club and Sien Lok Society of Calgary for their enormous support in this successful event.
Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award for 2015 Best Graduate Student Paper
Congratulations to Ms. Lisa Olding, an MEd student, who won our 2015 Best Gradaute Student Paper award. Lisa completed her BEd at the University of Victoria and has taught a variety of subjects (except for math) to students in grades three to twelve over the last twelve years. She is now an MEd student in Teaching English as an Additional Language. Lisa's winning paper was part of her coursework in EDUC 825, taught by Dr. Ena Lee.
New Research from Professor Shuyu Kong, Humanities and Asia Canada Program
Professor Shuyu Kong, Director of Asia Canada Program published a monograph Popular Media, Social Emotion and Public Discourse in Contemporary China. In this book, Shuyu Kong describes the recent transformation of the Chinese entertainment and media industry, the public engagement with popular media, and the social, cultural and political implications of these new developments.
Translation Group at David Lam Centre, SFU is happy to announce the publication of a translation volume: Beijing Women: Stories. The stories were co-translated by Dr. Shuyu Kong (Humanities, SFU) and Dr. Colin S. Hawes, and the collection includes an introduction by Shuyu Kong on “Wang Yuan and her ethical dramas of everyday China”.
Pacific Region Forum: Getting Beneath a Country-Level Understanding of Chinese Work Values
Video recording now available