The 2019 IAR Report looks at the rich past and current activities of the Institute of Asian Research (IAR), as part of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. The report is intended to support UBC colleagues, new partners, and Canadians understand the opportunities and challenges of working together to leverage resources on Asia at UBC.
The IAR is the focal point of Asia policy and current affairs at the University of British Columbia, as well as interdisciplinary scholarship on modern and pre-modern Asia. The IAR seeks to build knowledge and networks that support learning and action on Asia-centered domestic, regional and global issues. It is this situated knowledge that is necessary for successful policy work in Asia and with Asian partners.
Since its inception in the 1970s, the IAR has seen growing engagement with Asian-Canadian communities. With strong support, Vancouver’s Asian community has been a driving force behind the IAR’s programs, collaborations, and events.