Elliott Cheung (BA, Asian Language and Culture, Honours)

Elliott Y.N. Cheung (張依諾), a 1.5-generation Hong Kong Canadian, is graduating this year with a B.A. Hons. in Asian Language and Culture (Japan) with a minor in ACAM. He credits his father with his interest in Sinophone cultures, his love of philology, and his passion for Asian Canadian advocacy and structural reform. His long-term research interests include the ideological and linguistic apparatus of Japanese colonialism, namely in Taiwan; popular culture and identity formation; and the expression of Asian Canadian experiences through intersections of dance, music, and film. Some highlights from his time at UBC include speaking at a Cantonese-language radio forum on the 2018 pro rep referendum for AM1320 CHMB, co-organizing a contemporary dance fundraiser showcase for the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, and meeting such inspiring figures as Simu Liu, Omar El Akkad, and Alex Chow through ACAM and the Hong Kong Studies Initiative. After graduation, Elliott seeks to expand his experiences in Taiwan and Singapore in the fields of social activism and cultural / creative industries.