SFU'S David Lam Centre

Supporting research and engagement with the Asia Pacific Region.

About the David Lam Centre (DLC)

David See-chai Lam Centre supports and facilitates research collaboration, networking and building the community of Asia-related scholars across campus and internationally. Click here to read the rest of our mandate or check out our funding opportunities below.


Opportunities for faculty

Part of our mandate is to facilitate engagement and research between SFU and Asia. SFU faculty (including limited term lecturers) conducting Asia-related research are eligible to receive support from David Lam Centre. Funding is available to members of the DLC. We also support a Scholar-in-Residence program.                                                                                                                                                     

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Resources for students

SFU David Lam Centre (DLC) offers an annual graduate student essay prize for $1,200 for an outstanding paper on intercultural issues, particularly as they relate to people in or from Canada and the Asia Pacific region. Funding is also available to graduate students to support their research.                                                                                                                               

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Funding for the community

We support events that are Asia-related, especially in terms of culture and history. Such events should be free and open to the public and /or connect to faculty interest at SFU. We can coordinate events by booking rooms at Harbour Centre; organizing food and drink; preparing event posters; and announcing the event to our networks.

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Keep up with the David Lam Centre


Past events


Reflecting on Governing the Urban in China and India

Dr. Xuefei Ren, professor of sociology and global urban studies at Michigan State University, illuminates the ways in which China and India govern their cities and how their different governance mechanisms produce inequality and exclusion. 

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Exploring the hidden history of Indigenous exchange in Asia

Over the last twenty years, Anthropology professor and DLC Co-Director Michael Hathaway has been on a fascinating journey exploring an unexpected mystery: China's role in cross-national Indigenous diplomacy during the 1970s. Through interviews with delegates and their families, the project has uncovered China's unintentional yet substantial contribution to promoting global Indigenous rights and Indigenous connections.

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