Henry Yu

Henry Yu

Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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 history and Asian American studies at UCLA for a decade, Yu returned to UBC to help build new programs focused on the trans-Pacific connections between North America, Asia, and the Pacific. Between 2010-2012, he was the project lead for the $1.175 million "Chinese Canadian Stories" project (ChineseCanadian.ubc.ca) involving UBC, SFU, and a wide spectrum of over 29 community organizations across Canada. He is also the co-chair of the City of Vancouver's project, "Dialogues between First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and Immigrant Communities." Currently, he is the principal of St. John's College, UBC, and is working on a trio of book projects that each aim to provide new perspectives on global history and migration history: "Pacific Canada," which explores the history of Canada as an engagement between trans-Pacific migrants, trans-Atlantic migrants, and First Nations and aboriginal peoples; "The Cantonese Pacific," which argues for the importance of understanding three centuries of trans-Pacific migration in the making of the contemporary world; and "How Tiger Woods Lost His Stripes," which examines American fascination with interracial sex.

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