UBC Library's monthly e-Newsletter to the campus community and beyond features the latest on upcoming events, digital collections and other news. 

May 2014 | Vol. 4 No. 5

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Library events

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month
May 1 – 30
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, visitors to UBC are invited to explore a specially curated exhibition located in the foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The display celebrates the history, culture and symbolism of the Classical Chinese Garden.
On May 24, speakers from the UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Japanese Garden will engage in lively conversation about these built spaces of nature and the role they play in our contemporary urban context. See the event listing for further details.

Chung documentary premieres on Knowledge Network
May 16 | 10:30 p.m.

A documentary film produced by UBC Library that looks at the fascinating stories behind one of its rare and special collections, the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection, premieres on the Knowledge Network on May 16.
Produced by Gemini Award winner and UBC alumna Karin Lee from Vancouver-based Top Dollar Sisters Productions, Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection features UBC alumnus Dr. Wallace B. Chung and his love of collecting Canadian Pacific items – a passion that began in childhood and grew to encompass more than 25,000 items.
Learn more and view a trailer for the documentary. 

UBC Alumni Weekend events
May 24
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Julia Lin will read from her book Miah, which looks at Taiwanese and modern Canadian life. This is the first Taiwanese-Canadian story collection ever published in English.
The reading will be followed by a tour of UBC Library’s Chung Collection. Please note that space for the tour is limited; see the event listing for further details.

UBC Library’s Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era feature a fascinating sub-collection of disaster prints. While those depicting fires and tsunamis are self-explanatory, several require translation to explain the presence of a giant catfish.
Find out more about the role of the catfish (“Namazu”) in Japanese mythology.

Archivist, Rare Books and Special Collections

LibFOCUS is a monthly e-newsletter produced by UBC Library Communications and Marketing and sent the first Tuesday of each month. Comments or questions? We'd love to hear from you via email.

Online Editor: Andrea Coutts
Photos from UBC Library. Personal Histories photo courtesy of Suzan Zagar.
Cover image Disaster Print, 1854, from the Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era Collection.

In this month’s issue of LibFOCUS, we highlight connections to our community – here on campus, throughout B.C and beyond. 

Sustaining success: UBC Library's Community Report

UBC Library’s annual Community Report has been released, and highlights the inspiring and innovative ways that the Library has connected with students, staff, faculty and community members over the past year.
In this edition, we look at our collections, services and spaces through the lens of sustainability. UBC’s commitment to economic, environmental and social sustainability is a cornerstone to Place and Promise, the University’s strategic plan; we want to share how the Library fits in with this vision.
Curious about how libraries can support sustainability? Read the 2014 Community Report to find out!

Personal histories are community histories

For Preservation Week this year, we asked our community members to share their personal archives and family histories. These special heritage objects form the histories of our community; join us in celebrating some fascinating collections.
Read the stories behind a Freemason ring, brass knuckles, a stamp collection, Russian prisoner of war photographs, a Bible with gold leaf-lined pages and more!

Illustrated historical menus: a delight for foodies

A new exhibition in the Chung Collection room highlights historical food menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections teamed up with Larry Wong, a local historian and author of Dim Sum Stories, to create the exhibit. “Bon Voyage / Bon Appétit: Menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s Ships, Trains, Planes, and Hotels” features an array of eye-catching and mouth-watering menus.
UBC Library’s Chung Collection contains more than 1,000 menus, dating from the 1890s to the 1980s. The majority are in English, but there are a few unique menus in Chinese, Japanese, French and even German. Featuring unique historical delicacies, these menus offer a glimpse of “the elegance of dining” in the early days, says Wong.
The exhibition features CPR menus exclusively, but local foodies can also enjoy a few digitized menus from Vancouver’s Chinatown. Six menus are currently online and there are plans to add more over the summer.
Read more about the exhibition, currently on display in the Chung Collection exhibition room until the end of 2014.

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