Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies

ACAM_LogoThe Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies (ACAM) program grew out of discussions within the Faculty of Arts that began in 2007 proposing a “Pacific Canada” approach to research, student learning, and community engagement at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

The minor is a multidisciplinary program that provides students with the opportunity to explore the rich history, culture, and contemporary development of Asian communities in Canada, including but not limited to those of East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian ancestry.  The program is created with the involvement of different Asian Canadian communities, giving students a chance to explore the rich history of Asians in Canada.  

With its multimedia and technology facilities, community engagement and outreach mandate, and extensive library, archival, and digital collections, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is a supporter and program partner with ACAM.

One example is the
 Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project, which provides coordination and depository infrastructure for the research, collection development and public education of the effects of migrations and cultural connections between Hong Kong and Canada from the 1960s to the 2010s.


It’s About Time: A Retrospective of Asian Presence at UBC (May 3-31, 2016)

May 3-31, 2016 | Level 2 of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre | To commemorate UBC's Centennial, the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program invites you to celebrate 100 years of Asian communities at UBC.


ACAM Program: Celebrating a Century of Asian Communities at UBC

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre | May 24, 2016 | 4-6pm | Jack Poole Hall, 2nd floor, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre | To commemorate a century of Asian communities at UBC, there will be a screening of vignettes made from the ACAM Centennial Alumni Project: Retelling UBC's History from an Asian Canadian Lens.


UBC ACAM Program: Sexual Violence in Asian Communities in Canada

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre | March 18, 2016 | 12-1pm | Lillooet Room (301) Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. | Join Dr. Nora Angeles, Dr. JP Catungal, and K.Ho as they discuss sexual violence in Asian communities in Canada. The audience will engage in a facilitated dialogue with the panelists as we explore how sexual violence impacts Asian communities in Canada through the context of colonization and racism.


Articulations: ACAM Creative Showcase

Jan. 29, 2016, 12-1pm | IKBLC Lillooet Room (301) | RSVP for lunch | Looking to escape the rain this January? The ACAM (Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies) program warmly invites you to its first Creative Showcase event featuring ACAM students and alumni.


Asian Canadian & Asian Migration Studies Community Project Showcase

Are you interested in learning about some of the amazing research that Asian Canadian & Asian Migration Studies (ACAM) students are doing? Do you want to see what collaboration looks like between students and Asian Canadian communities? Thinking of taking an ACAM course next term but not sure what kind of projects you can do? […]


What does it mean to be an Asian Canadian Student at UBC? A Welcome Back Lunch with Shirley Nakata

September 25, 2015 12:00-1:00pm, at the Lillooet Room (301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Looking Back at the Umbrella Revolution

March 3, 2015 - 6.00-7.30PM at St. John's College, UBC


Asian Canadian Studies with Terry Watada

Thursday November 27, 3.00PM-4.00PM at the Dodson Room (Rm 302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Community Workshops

Since 2008, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has collaborated with UBC Library, the History Department, researchers, interested individuals and community organizations across Canada on this program