Message from UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program

Dear ACAM Community,

I am writing to announce that Joanna Yang will be leaving her role as Program Manager of ACAM on July 1 in order to take up a position as Finance and Academic Manager at St. John’s College, UBC. While she will be greatly missed, this is an exciting opportunity and we wish her all the best in this new role.

Since becoming Program Manager, Joanna has contributed tremendously to ACAM. Among many initiatives, she arranged and organized the move to our new offices last year, led the planning process for our Day of Learning on Japanese Canadian internment last fall, and worked tirelessly to build the capacity of our student leadership team. Joanna’s dedication is well known to many of our community partners and supporters as well as our students. Like many of my colleagues, I have benefited tremendously from her wisdom, experience, and energy. I am pleased that in her new role, she will continue to have opportunities to work with ACAM on various projects.

I would also like to announce that starting July 1, Szu Shen will be the new Program Manager of ACAM. Szu has been part of the ACAM team since our inception and she has been responsible for managing our digital media initiatives and curriculum planning, among other files. Outside of ACAM, Szu is a PhD candidate at UBC conducting research on the transpacific circuits of uranium mining from Asian diaspora and Indigenous perspectives. I look forward to working with Szu as we celebrate ACAM’s fifth anniversary this coming academic year.

We will be organizing a celebration in honor of Joanna later this summer and we hope many of you will be able to attend. Please stay tuned for more details!


Chris Lee
Director, Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program, UBC