ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
CBC Wed September 21 2016 By: Mike BlanchfieldPaul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, spoke to the Canadian Press for a story on China’s pursuit and harassment of so-called economic fugitives and other dissidents.
“Our government has not led a discussion on this. And people have been reluctant to speak about it,” he said. “On a 10-point scale, this is not a Level 7 or 8 emergency, but it is a serious concern that needs to be watched.”
The story appeared on CBC, the National Observer and Metro News.
Vancouver Sun Tue September 20 2016 By: Gordon McIntyreMarina Adshade, a lecturer at UBC’s School of Economics who studies marriage, divorce and love in middle age, spoke to theVancouver Sun about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce.
“Given the hundreds of headlines I’ve seen over the years that those two were breaking up, it gives the impression that people in Hollywood are breaking up all the time,” Adshade said. “But they’re not. A study which most people find surprising found the divorce rate for the top movie stars isn’t much different than for everybody else.”
The story also appeared in the Ottawa Citizen and The Province. Adshade also spoke to Roundhouse Radio.
Globe and Mail Tue September 20 2016 By: Michael ByersThe Globe and Mail published an op-ed by Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, on Canada’s extradition treaty with China.
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is naive if he thinks an extradition treaty with China could respect human rights. He is even more naive if he thinks that, by negotiating such a treaty, he can exert a positive influence on China – somehow forcing police, prosecutors and judges there to comply with international norms,” Byers wrote.
USA Today Tue September 20 2016 By: Jessica TracyUSA Today published an op-ed by Jessica Tracy, a UBC psychology professor, detailing why the absurd actions of presidential candidate Donald Trump have contributed to his success in the political arena.
“Trump has attained power not despite his egotism, aggression, and practices of intimidation, but because of those behaviours,” she wrote.
Time Tue September 20 2016 By: Kim ClarkTime quoted John Helliwell, a UBC professor emeritus of economics and co-editor of the World Happiness Report, for a story on the value of jobs where the goal is helping people.
He said that research confirms the idea that money does not buy happiness. “People may think they are after a paycheck and title. But what really turns their crank at the end of the day is the feeling that they’ve been working together with other people to help other people,” he said.
Vancouver Sun Fri September 16 2016 By: Glen SchaeferThe Vancouver Sun featured a speech by Becki Ross, a UBC sociology professor, who spoke at the unveiling of a memorial honouring sex workers expelled from the West End in 1984.
“The early 1980s marked the full-fledged anti-prostitution crusade to purge sex workers from the West End,” Ross said. “Davie sex workers built the foundation of what would become this city’s first Gay-bourhood, and yet hookers on Davie have never been honoured as the former fighters for gender, sexual and racial minorities.”
The article also appeared in The Province and a similar story appeared on Daily Xtra.
Boosting Language Learning through Ultrasound. Linguistics professor Dr. Bryan Gick, postdoctoral fellow Heather Bliss and their colleagues worked on the eNunciate project - a web-based biovisual tool that uses ultrasound layering to let language learners see, feel and compare pronunciations.