ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
Toronto Sun Sat September 24 2016 By: Antonella ArtusoDominik Stecula, a UBC political science PhD candidate, spoke to the Toronto Sun for a story on the American presidential election.
“Trump kind of blew the door off of this whole thing,” Stecula said. “He really knows how to get the media to cover him. He can always come up with a new controversy just so he is the one that is being talked about.”
The Diplomat Fri September 23 2016 By: David VolodzkoThe Diplomat interviewed Tim Cheek, a UBC historian who studies Chinese intellectualism, for a story on how free speech is not improving in China.
“I didn’t see it coming and I don’t think many of us did,” said Cheek. “I thought the party would become more latitudinarian and more flaccid [under Xi]. But this is a real muscle-up to grandpa’s way.”
CCTV Sat September 24 2016UBC professors Paul Evans and Yves Tiberghien spoke toCCTV, China’s national TV, about the relationship between Canada and China following Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Ottawa.
“What Mr.Trudeau and his government is trying to say is that we need to live together,” said Evans (at 2:03 mark), a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and Liu Institute For Global Issues. “It’s not fundamentally a matter of changing China but living with China, and that’s a new story for Canada.”
Yves Tiberghien, director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, discussed the differences (4:40 mark) between Trudeau’s approach to relations with China and former Prime Minister Harper’s approach. “Fundamentally Prime Minister Trudeau indeed carries on from where his father left, which is a vision that whatever differences Canadians may have with China on different issues, China is a central global player and one with whom we have to work and build bridges,” he said.
Evans also spoke to the Globe and Mail and Ottawa Citizen on the same topic.
Washington Post Mon September 26 2016 By: Simon DenyerThe Washington Post interviewed Tsering Shakya, a UBC professor at the Institute of Asian Research and Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia, about the man being groomed by China’s Communist Party as an alternate to the Dalai Lama.
The Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama does not seem to be known by many people in Tibet, the article reported.
Shakya said the fact that the Panchen Lama does not live in his traditional seat in Tibet’s Tashi Lhunpo Monastery showed that monks there still did not accept him.
BBC Thu September 22 2016 By: Jessica MurphyThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Canada, which will include a stop at UBC Okanagan was featured on BBC, International Business Times, Hollywood Life and Castanet.
The Canadian Press also interviewed Sarika Bose, a UBC lecturer in Victorian literature about the upcoming royal visit. Bose said the tour will centre on family, environment and community participation.
The CP story appeared on CTV, Maclean’s and the Vancouver Sun.
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.
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.