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.

Congratulations to Professor Yuezhi Zhao and her team for a successful "Driftwood Transcultural Forum" on August 6. Professor Zhao is member of DLC Steering Committee as well as Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Global Communication & Professor in School of Communication.

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.

June 11-12: Dr. David Chuen-yan Lai, principal author of our Canada Chinatown series and council member of DLC Chinese Canadian History Project, presented "Classification of Canadian Chinatowns" at Edmonton Chinatown Conference 2016 hosted by the University of Alberta.

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 "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”.

Establishment of collaborative research in the Humanities with Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJU)

During a visit to China and Hong Kong in November 2015 by Simon Fraser University President Andrew Petter and Vice President of Research Joy Johnson, a letter of intent was signed by SFU President Andrew Petter, Dean John Craig, and SJU. SJU School of Humanities is forming an International Research Institute, and David Lam Centre will be an International Council member, with the Centre’s Director or designated SFU faculty member as the International Council’s Canadian Director. The Centre will also cooperate with SJU on its major State Social Sciences Foundation research project: “Overseas Chinese Biographical Studies”.

Mobile Gaming in Asia: politics, culture and emerging technologies (2016, Springer), Dal Yong Jin (ed.)

This book analyzes mobile gaming in the Asian context and looks into a hitherto neglected focus of inquiry – a localized mobile landscape, with particular reference to young Asians’ engagement with mobile gaming. This edition focuses not only on the remarkable success of local mobile games, but also on the significance of social milieu in the development of Asian mobile technologies and gaming culture. It analyzes the growth of the current mobile technologies and mobile gaming not as separate but as continuous developments in tandem with the digital economy. It is of interest to both academics and a broader readership from the business, government, and information technology sectors.

Mobile, Migrants and Marginalization: Negotiated Transformations, Presented by Dr. Arul Chib

The discourse around global migration is sensationalized as a crisis of civilizations. This talk focuses on the role of mobiles beyond that of a mythicized empowerment tool. It positions resilience for marginalized migrant communities within a broader frame of structuration, and the dialectic struggle that emerges as a consequence of the Introduction, usage, and appropriation of modern ICTs, such as mobile phones. I examine the mobile phones discourse as a "'transformative tool" In power renegotiation processes, focusing on intersections on gender and class. I Investigate this proposition within the context of domestic workers, blue-collar workers, and transnational mothering. The talk concludes with comments on the contribution of research to the discourse.

Dr. Chib studies the contributions of Information and communication technologies to positive development outcomes. His research focuses on the use of mobile phones in healthcare systems in resource-constrained environments, and ln transnational migration to developed countries. His work addresses issues of power including the intersection of gender with technology, and the role of agency and appropriation. As Director of SIRC, Dr. Chib oversees a global research capacity-building programme ln numerous emerging economies of Africa, Asia, and Latin America and addresses the role of research in influencing policy, practice, and public opinion.

New Korean Wave: Transnational Cultural Power in the Age of Social Media, by Dal Yong Jin 

The forces that converged to unleash a pop culture tsunami.

The 2012 smash "Gangnam Style" by the Seoul-born rapper Psy capped the triumph of Hallyu, the Korean Wave of music, film, and other cultural forms that have become a worldwide sensation.

Dal Yong Jin analyzes the social and technological trends that transformed Hallyu from a mostly regional interest aimed at families into a global powerhouse geared toward tech-crazy youth. Blending analysis with insights from fans and industry insiders, Jin shows how Hallyu exploited a media landscape and dramatically changed with the 2008 emergence of smartphones and social media, designating this new Korean Wave as Hallyu 2.0. Hands-on government support, meanwhile, focused on creative industries as a significant part of the economy and turned intellectual property rights into a significant revenue source. Jin also delves into less-studied forms like animation and online games, the significance of social meaning in the development of local Korean popular culture, and the political economy of Korean popular culture and digital technologies in a global context.

University of Illinois Press, 2016

Rashomon Effects: Kurosawa, Rashomon and Their Legacies

Congratualtions to our SFU colleagues Professor Emeritus Jan Walls and Professor Robert Anderson on a new publication: Davis, Blair, Robert Anderson and Jan Walls, eds. Rashomon Effects: Kurosawa, Rashomon and Their Legacies (Routledge Advances in Film Studies). New York: Routledge, 2015.

Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies (CJBS)

After ten years hosted by the University of Toronto the CJBS will now be published by the David Lam Centre and hosted by the Public Knowledge Project at SFU. The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies is an open access online publication combining research articles on all aspects of Buddhist studies. CJBS promotes awareness of active research projects and enhances communication among researchers. A call for papers will be out soon.

SFU Translation Group

In cooperation with SFU faculty and members of the wider community the David Lam Centre will launch a translation group this fall. Members will be hosting forums and workshops on translation projects and we look forward to publishing some new works of translation. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to contact Shuyu Kong (Associate Professor, Humanities & Asia Canada Program) or Jan Walls (SFU Emeritus Professor, Humanities).