Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore - Asian Migration and the Making of Islands

ACAM 390A | 3 credits

Arts Research Abroad Seminar and Information Session

Arts Research Abroad funding is available for this program. 70%-100% of program fees and flight costs will be covered for qualifying Arts students from the Vancouver campus. 

About the Program

This course is led by Henry Yu, Faculty of Arts

  • Dates: May 15, 2023 – June 30, 2023
  • Travel dates: Approx May 29 – June 19, 2023
  • Format: In person (Hybrid in Vancouver)
  • Locations visited: Vancouver, Vancouver Island, international locations to be determined according to most updated travel and health situations (may include: Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore)
  • Approximate program fees: $4750.00 - $5000.00 (plus tuition and flights)
  • Funding: 70%-100% of program fees and flight costs will be covered for qualifying Arts students (Vancouver).  Other qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award We encourage students who are not eligible for the ARA funding to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award. See Program Fees and Costs for more details
About the Course                                                                                                               

This year’s ACAM 390A program allows students to conduct interdisciplinary academic research while exploring the histories, cultures, foodways, heritage, and geographies of Asian migration around the Pacific. With field trips to sites across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and in Asia, students will explore themes including race, Asian migrants and Indigeneity, foodscapes, and cultural heritage in colonial islands. Students will learn in traditional and non traditional classroom settings locally and abroad to explore best practices in ethical community‐based research and knowledge sharing to rethink the history of BC and the Pacific, and learn about the intertwined histories of Asian migrants in the making of islands. Students will be asked to present a project at a community showcase in June 2023.

Experience in the Field

The course will begin with two weeks of lectures, field trips, and group activities Vancouver. The teaching team will invite community leaders from Chinatown, Punjabi Market, local museums and heritage organizations and other spaces to provide guest lectures to the class. After three weeks on Vancouver Island and in Asia, UBC students will travel back to Vancouver to complete their research projects. Students will have time to produce their thesis media project and paper for a community showing at the end of June.

Please note that the course schedule and itinerary are subject to change.

Eligibility Requirements
General Global Seminar requirements

To participate in a Global Seminar, students must:

  • Be in good-standing in their faculty (I.e. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) 
  • Have full-time status in the year leading up to the Global Seminar 
  • Have completed 2nd year requirements before the start of the program (i.e. 3rd or 4th year standing) 
  • Have at least a 70% academic average in your last full-time academic session before applying 
  • Maintain a 70% academic average leading up to the program 
  • Meet any program specific requirements listed below including pre-requisites before participating 

Final selection will be done by the lead faculty program directors. Spots in the program may be limited. 

Students who wish to participate in the summer after graduating may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

Program-specific requirements
  • This is an interdisciplinary program: All are welcome! However, priority is given to ACAM students. Students not in ACAM will undergo an interview for competitive selection.

Program Fees and Costs
Approximate program fees: $4750.00 - $5000.00*

ARA funding will offset 70%-100% of the program fee + flight costs for Arts students from the Vancouver campus.  

*The final fee depends on the number of students in the seminar. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

Funding: This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. The ARA program aims to ensure that upper-level international research courses are accessible to academically qualified students, and that scholarly preparation and aspiration rather than financial means are the deciding factors for student participation. Funded by a generous gift from donors, the Faculty of Arts, and Go Global, the ARA program sponsors advanced research-intensive courses involving international travel.  For Arts students at the Vancouver campus, 70% of the program cost will be offset for academically qualified students; and up to 100% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by Enrolment Services).

Students are responsible for covering the costs of tuition, incidental travel costs, visa/passport fees, etc.

Students can only be considered for one major International Learning Award throughout their degree e.g. ARA (Arts Research Abroad) funded Global Seminars, Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Program fees include:
  • Accommodation  
  • Program- related travel in-country; (e.g. buses)  
  • Excursions and entrance fees  
  • Some group meals  
  • On-site guest lectures
Program fees do not include:
  • Flights*  
  • UBC tuition for credits  
  • Visa/country entrance fees  
  • Health or travel insurance  
  • Personal spending money*  

*Some examples of incidentals are: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.  

Travel to international locations (such as Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore) is a separate cost.  You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. 


Dorm and hostel-style accommodation while abroad.

Application Deadline 

Tuesday December 13, 2022 (11:59pm PST)

How to Apply 

Students apply through the Go Global Gateway. Go to “search experiences” from the top menu, search “GSP,” then press “apply search.” Scroll down to the program you wish to apply to and select Apply for “Summer” to initiate an application.

After the deadline, students’ applications will be reviewed by Go Global and the faculty program directors. You may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

Global Seminars Refund Policy

To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at

Student Safety Abroad and Pre-Departure Policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.

We encourage you to read the Global Affairs Canada travel report for your destination country before applying:

Global Seminars and COVID-19

Students and faculty are required to comply with the entry requirements of the host country, regulations of transportation carriers, and any local public health orders in the destination. These rules may require COVID-19 vaccination for entry or to participate in certain program activities, testing requirements, masking requirements, and/or isolation in case of infection. Alternatively, where isolation due to infection is not required by local health authorities and students are sharing accommodations isolation may be a challenge. We encourage you to review local requirements before applying and before departure. Check out the Global Affairs Canada Advisory ( under Entry Requirements for your Global Seminar destination to learn more.  Keep in mind that program conditions can vary and these rules can change before or during your trip.

Once it becomes closer to the departure date, the group will be informed of all updated local requirements and COVID-19 safety plans for the Global Seminar.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodations, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

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