On June 4th 2019, world media acknowledged the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, China. Three UBC History China scholars have been in the news commenting on the 1989 crackdown against student protesters and its lasting legacy.


The Department of History hosted a transnational, interdisciplinary workshop that focused on “Indigenous Practices of Authority” from May 13-15 2019.   Guided by Dylan Robinson (CRC in Indigenous Arts, Queen’s University), participants first explored this topic through a walking tour of interventions by Indigenous artists in Mount Pleasant and the False Creek Flats.   They then spent two days sharing examples from their on-going work that relate to the workshop theme. 



The Canadian Historical Association Meeting at Congress

Over three nights in early September of 1907, as many as 500 white “rowdies” rallied by the Asiatic Exclusion League vandalized dozens of Asian-owned stores in Vancouver’s largely Chinese and Japanese downtown eastside, breaking windows, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage, and fatally wounding one Japanese-Canadian person in the process. Further damage and loss of life was prevented only by the armed defense of Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian store owners and residents of the neighborhoods with the support of city police.

In this new podcast series, Assistant Professor without Review Dr. Tristan Grunow interviews scholars of Japanese studies about issues in the news.  This new series grows out of Dr. Grunow’s earlier Meiji at 150 Podcast, which has garnered over 35,000 downloads for 138 episodes (and counting) with scholars of Japanese history, literature, anthropology, folklore studies, and architecture about their research and recent publications.

Professor Laura Ishiguro and UBC History Alumnus Laura Madokoro have co-authored a chapter in a new book. Their article White Supremacy, Political Violence, And Community, 1907 and 2017 takes an in-depth look at the race riots of Vancouver on September 7th, 1907—the largest race riot in Canadian history.  The article also reflects on a recent anti-Islam rally that took place at Vancouver’s city hall on August 19th, 2017.



Congratulations to Tara Mayer for receiving the 2018/2019 Killam Teaching Prize! The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.



“News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945” by Heidi J.S Tworek

Congratulations to Ken Corbett for winning the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies Graduate Student Paper Prize!

Ken attended the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) at the University of California Santa Barbara on March 23-25 2018 and he presented his paper "Redeeming the Time: Punctuality, Credit, & the Middling Sort.” Ken's paper was selected as the best paper delivered by a graduate student member of the PCCBS in 2018.