In January, the Rare Books and Special Collections and the Chung Collection hosted almost 100 first year undergraduate students from the Coordinated Arts Program. Students in CAP choose one of four themes and take core classes tailored to that theme.
Students from the Law and Society theme are studying early immigration, racism and community in early Vancouver, and came for two sessions: a tour of the Chung Collection exhibition space, and a session to talk about doing research in an archival environment. They will be using documents and artifacts from the Chung Collection for their research project this semester.
Students from the Individual and Society theme read Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan so they came primarily to see the archives of Joy Kogawa, which are held in Rare Books and Special Collections. They also viewed documents from the Japanese Canadian Research Collection and a sign from an internment camp for Japanese-Canadians during World War II.
UBC faculty members who would like to bring their students to see the Chung Collection are encouraged to contact the Rare Books and Special Collections Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a great opportunity to introduce students to using archival material for their research.
Thanks to Greg Mackie and Kathryn Grafton from the Coordinated Arts Program for coordinating these visits!