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Henry Yu, Associate Professor in History

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Professor Henry Yu was born to first generation immigrants from China in Vancouver, BC, and spent his childhood in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. He graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours History, and later from Princeton University with a MA and PhD in History. Henry continued his professional career teaching at the UCLA, and later returning as an Associate Professor in History to UBC, where he also became the Principal of St. John’s Graduate College. A founding board member of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia, Henry’s research interests lie in trans-Pacific Canada and Asian Migration history, and he actively engages his students in community history projects through CCHSBC. Outside of UBC he also serves as a co-chair for the City of Vancouver’s “Dialogues Between First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and Immigrant Communities in Vancouver”. Dr. Yu has received several honours for his work including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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