Affiliated Faculty & Honorary Professors

Jack Austin

Jack Austin

jaustin (at) sternpartners.com

Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research
Co-Chair, UBC China Council

Jack Austin was a member of the Senate of Canada for 32 years, representing British Columbia and has championed stronger relations between Canada and Asia. In 1971, as the Serving Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, he was part of the first Canadian trade mission to China. He later served as President of the Canada China Business Council and Co-Chair of the Canada China Legislative Association. Senator Austin was awarded Order of Canada for his contribution in Canada-China relation, and was also instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He serves as an Honorary Professor of IAR, as well as the Co-Chair of the UBC China Council.

Don Baker

Don Baker

don.baker (at) ubc.ca

Co-director, Centre for Korean Research
Professor, Department of Asian Studies

Don Baker is a professor of Korean civilization in the Department of Asian Studies. He first became interested in Korea as Peace Corps Volunteer there in the early 1970s. He earned his doctorate in Korean history at the University of Washington in 1983 and has been teaching at UBC since 1987. Among his recent publications are Korean Spirituality (University of Hawaii Press, 2008) and Catholics and Anti-Catholicism in late Chosŏn Korea (University of Hawaii Press, 2017) He also co-edited Asian Religions in British Columbia (University of British Columbia Press, 2010), and Korea Confronts Globalization (Routledge, 2008).

Rick Barichello

Rick Barichello

rick.barichello (at) ubc.ca

Director, Centre for Southeast Asia Research
Lead, Myanmar Program, Institute of Asian Research
Professor, UBC Department of Food and Resource Economics

Rick Barichello is a Professor within the Food and Resource Economics Group at the University of British Columbia and has worked at UBC since his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1979. His research has been on the economic analysis of public policy, particularly trade and agricultural policies and institutions, Canadian dairy and poultry quota markets, and on a variety of agricultural development issues, mostly applied to Southeast Asia. His economic development work has focused mostly on trade policy, domestic agricultural policies, world food markets, Southeast Asia rural labour markets, and cost-benefit analysis of investment projects.

Mandakranta Bose

Mandakranta Bose

m.bose (at) ubc.ca

Professor Emerita, Institute of Asian Research
Director, Centre for India and South Asia Research

Dr. Mandakranta Bose is Professor Emerita at the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and Director of the Institute’s Centre for India and South Asia Research. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London), and of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Dr. Bose is a Sanskritist with active research interests in the classical performing arts and religions of India, the Ramayana, and gender studies, with extensive publications in each of these areas.

Joseph Caron

Joseph Caron

jci (at) josephcaroninc.com

Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research

Joseph Caron is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia. He is a former Canadian High Commissioner to India and former Canadian Ambassador to China and Japan. He has also previously been responsible for coordinating Canada’s activities at major international summits, such as the G8. He serves on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation, Vancouver International Airport, and Westport Innovations.

http://www.josephcaroninc.com/

Josephine Chiu-Duke

Josephine Chiu-Duke

chiuduke (at) mail.ubc.ca

Co-director, Centre for Chinese Research
Associate Professor of Chinese Intellectual History, Department of Asian Studies

Josephine Chiu-Duke is a historian whose research and teaching are focused on traditional Chinese political thought and institutions. Her specialty is in the Tang intellectual, social and cultural history, and contemporary Chinese intellectual trends. She is the author of To Rebuild the Empire: Lu Chih’s Confucian Pragmatist Approach to the Mid-T’ang Predicament (2000), editor of Liberalism and the Humanistic Tradition—Essays in Honor of Professor Lin Yü-sheng (2005), co-translator of Ge Zhaoguang’s An Intellectual History of China, Volume 1: Knowledge, Thought, and Belief Before the Seventh Century C.E. (2014), and co-editor of two volumes of the English essays of Professor Ying-shih Yü entitled Chinese History and Culture (2016).

Earl Drake

Earl Drake

earl.drake (at) ubc.ca

Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research

Earl Drake has extensive public service experience related to the Asia-Pacific region, notably China and Indonesia where he served as Canadian Ambassador. After retiring from the civil service, Mr. Drake worked for 15 years as an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University where he directed a program to bring international experts to collaborate with local counterparts in developing sustainable environmental policies for China. Since becoming an Honorary Professor with the Institute of Asian Research, he has concentrated on writing about a formative period in Indonesian political and social history.

Xiaojun Li

Xiaojun Li

xiaojun.li (at) ubc.ca

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Xiaojun Li is an assistant professor of political science and faculty associate of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. His research falls broadly in the area of international and comparative political economy with a focus on China. His work has appeared in Asian Survey, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis as well as edited volumes. A native of Shanghai, China, Xiaojun holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, an M.A in political science and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. in English and international studies from China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.

Shigenori Matsui

Shigenori Matsui

matsui (at) allard.ubc.ca

Director, Centre for Japanese Research
Professor and Director of Japanese Legal Studies, Allard School of Law

Professor Shigenori Matsui joined the Allard School of Law in January 2006 as Director of Japanese Legal Studies. Professor Matsui comes to UBC from Osaka University Law School where he worked as associate professor from April 1983 to March 1994; and as full professor from April 1994 to December 2005. An internationally-renowned expert in the fields of Constitutional Law, Mass Media Law and Internet Law, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, University College London, the University of Washington, the University of Western Australia and here at the University of British Columbia.

Christopher Rea

Christopher Rea

chris.rea (at) ubc.ca

Faculty Associate, Centre for Chinese Research
Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature, Department of Asian Studies

Christopher Rea is a literary and cultural historian whose research focuses on the modern Chinese-speaking world. His recent publications concern laughter and comedy, print culture, cultural entrepreneurs, literary cosmopolitanism, the literature of deception, and the scholar-writers Qian Zhongshu and Yang Jiang.

http://asia.ubc.ca/persons/christopher-rea/

Aung Tun Thet

Aung Tun Thet

Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research
Former President’s Economic Advisor, Union of Myanmar

Mark Turin

Mark Turin

mark.turin (at) ubc.ca

Co-Lead, Himalaya Program
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Chair, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program
Acting Co-Director, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Mark Turin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program. He writes and teaches on ethnolinguistics, language endangerment, visual anthropology, digital archives and fieldwork methodology, and is a regular BBC presenter on issues of linguistic diversity and language endangerment. He also directs both the World Oral Literature Project, an urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record, and the Digital Himalaya Project, a platform to make multi-media resources from the Himalayan region widely available online.

http://markturin.arts.ubc.ca