Imogene L. Lim

A descendant of Cumberland and Vancouver’s Chinatowns, Imogene Lim, PhD, is an anthropologist (BA Hons, Simon Fraser University; AM & PhD, Brown University) at Vancouver Island University, teaching in the Department of Anthropology and the Global Studies Program. She was chair of anthropology from 2006-09 and 2012-15. 

For the past two decades Imogene has focused her research interests on Vancouver Island—primarily, ethnicity in Canada and Asian Canadian history, including food and culture. In its inaugural year, 2018, she was awarded the VIU President’s Award for Community Engagement (Community-Engaged Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Award).  

From 2015-17, she was a co-researcher on an SSHRC project, Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island.  

Imogene’s community contributions include appointments to the board of B.C. Studies, Laurier Institution, Ormsby Literary Society, the Coal Creek Historic Park Advisory Committee (Cumberland, Vancouver Island), the Nanaimo Local Immigration Partnership Council, B.C. Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council (2014-18), Premier’s Chinese Canadian Community Advisory Committee, and Working Group-BC Chinese Canadian Museum, as well as, being a founding member and former board director of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C.

Imogene is an advisor for the Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate program.