Invitation to Celebrate Graduates of UBC’s Inaugural Asian Canadian & Asian Migrations Studies Programme


A year ago, UBC launched a new undergraduate program in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies (ACAM). On May 8, the first graduates of the programme will celebrate their graduation, and VIBC is pleased to assist ACAM in sharing the news about this exciting milestone. 

ACAM was created thanks to many years of committed effort by students, faculty, staff, and community elders and mentors. It is a multidisciplinary program that fosters knowledge of the history and culture of Asian communities in Canada from a comparative and global perspective. ACAM is committed to equipping and empowering students to work with Asian Canadian communities in the co-creation of knowledge, and offers numerous opportunities for community-based research and engagement. 

On May 8, a graduation celebration ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm at St. John’s College UBC, followed by a reception. The keynote will be delivered by Mary Kitagawa, who successfully led the campaign for UBC to recognize the Japanese Canadian students who were expelled from the University in 1942. This event is open to all; guests are kindly asked to RSVP to

The same evening, a fundraising dinner will also take place at St. John’s College, honouring some of the community supporters who have made the programme possible, A reception starts at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and a raffle draw. Tickets are $100 and include a $50 tax receipt. For details, please visit: 

VIBC congratulates all of the graduates and supporters of this exceptional programme, and joins Anne Murphy, VIBC Director and Associate Professor, UBC Department of Asian Studies, in inviting you to the reception and dinner in their honour. In Anne’s words: “ACAM is a very exciting initiative for students, faculty, and the overall UBC community, and this is an important moment to recognize the important histories of this province that the programme brings forward.”

Hope to see on May 8!

Blog by Jennifer Webb
Photo of Mary Kitagawa by Ariel Fournier

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