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About Us

The Asia-Canada Program, affiliated with the Department of Humanities, offers students the opportunity to investigate the connections between Asia and contemporary Canadian society. An important part of the program is the study of one or more Asian languages and cultures. The goal of the program courses is to strengthen understanding of the rich and complex relations between Asia and Canada, including the Asian dimension of life in Canada, past and present.

The program was founded on the belief in both the importance and complexity of intercultural understanding and tans-Pacific relations. British Columbia, most especially in Vancouver and its suburbs, continues to undergo a major demographic shift through which the legacy of Asian cultures will be increasingly important to the experience of all its citizens. For Canadians of Asian heritage, the Program provides the means to develop a fuller understanding of themselves as Canadians with Asian heritage.


Students completing an Asia-Canada Extended Minor or Minor, in addition to other bachelor’s degree requirements of the university, will be adding a unique and critical advantage to their skill sets for future employment: cultural literacy and a sophisticated understanding about Asia and Canada’s rich relationship across the Pacific. Applications of Asia-Canada Program knowledge are found not only in Asia, but in the Asian dimensions of Canada, both historically and today.

Students take a broad range of courses at the lower level designed to give them a background in an Asian language, Asia-Canada Studies, as well as Asian cultures and history. Courses at the upper level focus on Asia-Canada interactions and discourse; students also have an opportunity for more in-depth study on aspects of Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian cultures. Asia-related courses outside the Program can also be applied to the Extended Minor or Minor. The Program also offers the Certificate in Chinese Studies, which more narrowly focuses on China.