Ellis’s Experience in SFU Global Asia:

What influenced you to take GA courses? How did you hear about them or what made you want to take them?

At the beginning, I viewed [Global Asia] as another course that I could fit into my schedule and I thought the topics were quite interesting as a Chinese-born Canadian.

Is there anything about GA that stands out compared to other courses you have taken at SFU? What feels unique about them?

I found that Global Asia taught me something that was beneficial to me in another sense. Unlike other courses which may be used in our future careers, Global Asia was more relatable towards my history and it enabled me to understand my culture more. Being able to learn more about yourself while building an intimate relationship with a professor who understands your background makes GA enjoyable.

Can you describe a memorable experience from one of your GA courses?

Yes definitely. As a Chinese-born Canadian, I have always experienced a slight identity crisis. It isn’t something that is always nagging at the back of my mind but when I visit the country my parents are from I often feel out of place. This was a topic which was explained to us in GA 101, Asian diaspora. Learning this term really changed my perspective and it tells me that I am not the only one who feels this way.

Does GA fit in with your major? Why do you believe GA is worth taking?

Currently, Global Asia does not fit in with my major but my recommendation is that if you are looking for electives and want to understand more about Asian history and/or culture, GA is more fun than other options. I have taken courses in economics, business, philosophy, resource and environmental management, political science and GA has been the most enjoyable for me.