Professor Henry Yu was born in Vancouver, B.C., and grew up in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. He received his BA in Honours History from UBC and an MA and PhD in History from Princeton University. After teaching at UCLA for a decade, Yu returned to UBC as an Associate Professor of History to help build programs focused on trans-Pacific Canada. Yu himself is both a second and fourth generation Canadian. His parents were first generation immigrants from China, joining a grandfather who had spent almost his entire life in Canada. His great-grandfather was also an early Chinese pioneer in British Columbia, part of a larger networks of migrants who left Zhongshan county in Guangdong province in South China and settled around the Pacific in places such as Australia, New Zealand, Hawai’i, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the United States, and Canada. Prof. Yu’s book, Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2001) won the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize as the Most Distinguished Book of 2001, and he is currently working on a book entitled How Tiger Woods Lost His Stripes: Finding Ourselves in History. Currently, he is the Director of the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research on Chinese Canadians (INSTRCC) and the Principal of St. John’s College at UBC, as well as a Board Member of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC).


Citation Book/Journal Cover
H. Yu; I. ebrary. Thinking Orientals: migration, contact, and exoticism in modern America. New York: Oxford Universtiy Press, 2001.Received the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize for Most Distinguished Book of 2001, AHA-PCB.

Articles/Book Chapters

Citation Book/Journal Cover
H. YuThe Rhythms of the Trans-Pacific” and “The Intermittent Rhythms of the Cantonese Pacific, in Connecting Seas and Connecting Ocean Rims: Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans and China Seas Migrations from the 1830sD. Gabaccia and Hoerder, D. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
H. YuNurturing Dialogues between First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and Immigrant Communities in Vancouver, in Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation through the Lens of Cultural DiversityA. MathurDewar, J., and DeGagne, M. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2011, pp. 300-308.
H. YuGlobal migrants and the new Pacific CanadaINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, vol. 64, pp. 1011-1026, 2009.
H. YuREFRACTING PACIFIC CANADA: Seeing Our Uncommon PastBC Studies, p. 5, 2008.
H. YuEthnicity, in American Cultural StudiesB. Burgett and Hendler, G.New York: New York University Press, 2007.
H. YuTowards a Pacific history of the AmericasAMERASIA JOURNAL, vol. 33, p. XI-XIX, 2007.
H. YuThen and Now: Trans-Pacific Ethnic Chinese Migrants in Historical Context, in The World of Transnational Asian AmericansD. YuiTokyo: Center for Pacific and American Studies, University of Tokyo, 2006.
H. YuIs Vancouver the Future or the Past? Asian Migrants and White SupremacyPacific Historical Review, vol. 75, pp. 307-312, 2006.
H. YuLos Angeles and American Studies in a Pacific World of MigrationsAmerican Quarterly, vol. 56, pp. 531-543, 2004.
H. YuTiger Woods Is Not the End of History: Or, Why Sex across the Color Line Won’t Save Us AllThe American Historical Review, vol. 108, pp. 1406-1414, 2003.
H. YuTiger Woods at the Center of History: Looking Back at the Twentieth Century through the Lenses of Race, Sports, and Mass Consumption, in Sports Matters: Race, Recreation, and CultureJ. Bloomand Willard, M. Nevin New York: New York University Press, 2002.
H. YuWriting the past in the presentAMERASIA JOURNAL, vol. 28, p. XLI-LII, 2002.
H. YuAsian Americans and Ethnicity and Race, in Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual HistoryM. Kupiec Cayton and Williams, P. W. New York: Scribner’s Sons, 2001.
H. YuAsian Americans and Ethnicity and Race, in Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual HistoryM. Kupiec Cayton and Williams, P. W. New York: Scribner’s Sons, 2001.
H. YuAsian Americans, in The Oxford Companion to United States HistoryP. Boyer New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
H. YuHow Tiger Woods Lost His Stripes: Post-National American Studies as a History of Race, Migration and the Commodification of Culture, in Post-National American StudiesJ. C. Rowe Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000.
H. YuOn a stage built by others: Creating an intellectual history of Asian AmericansAMERASIA JOURNAL, vol. 26, pp. 141-161, 2000.
H. YuMixing Bodies and Cultures: The Meaning of America’s Fascination With Sex Between ‘Orientals’ and Whites, in Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American HistoryM. Hodes New York: New York University Press, 1998.
H. YuThe ‘Oriental Problem’ in America: Linking the Identities of Chinese and Japanese American Intellectuals, in Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities During the Exclusion EraS. K. Wong Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.
H. YuConstructing the ‘Oriental Problem’ In American Thought, 1920-1960, in Multicultural Education, Transformative Knowledge and Action: Historical and Contemporary PerspectivesJ. A. Banks New York: Teachers College Press, 1996.
H. YuOrientalizing the Pacific Rim: The Production of Exotic Knowledge By American Missionaries and Sociologists in the 1920’sJournal of American-East Asian Relations, vol. 5, 1996.

Term 2:

HIST 483 201: Asian Migrations to the Americas

This course fulfills ACAM List A credits.