Yichuan Sang: Un­de­terred in all pur­suits BIO

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By DAN­WEI BU in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

Yichuan Sang has had a suc­cess­ful aca­demic and busi­ness ca­reer, but not with­out many chal­lenges along the way.

Sang, of Van­cou­ver, has been a scholar and pro­fes­sor spe­cial­iz­ing in phi­los­o­phy, lin­guis­tics, his­tory, philol­ogy and an­thro­pol­ogy, and a noted Chi­nese com­mu­nity leader ac­tive in Sino-Canada cul­ture, his­tory and ed­u­ca­tion af­fairs. He also is an aca­demic and ed­u­ca­tional pub­lish­ing en­tre­pre­neur.

When pur­su­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree in Australia in the 1980s, Sang worked as a jan­i­tor, sales­man, porter, waiter, kitchen hand, night­shift worker, taxi driver and casino dealer. De­spite the la­bor hard­ships, he would not al­low his aca­demic dreams to be de­ferred.

Through al­most six years of per­sis­tence, he com­pleted his doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion in lin­guis­tic phi­los­o­phy at Mur­doch Uni­ver­sity in Australia.

Sang had taught in the for­eign lan­guage depart­ment at Sichuan Uni­ver­sity for 16 years af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Sichuan Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity in 1982. He gave up teach­ing to pur­sue his ad­vanced stud­ies in Australia

In 2004, Sang and his fam­ily im­mi­grated to Canada, and he soon was re­cruited for the teach­ing staff at the Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. Sang said that with­out the love and sup­port of his fam­ily, he would not have been able to fin­ish his schol­arly work. The af­fa­ble Sang has nu­mer­ous friends around the world in the hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sciences.

A pro­lific writer, Sang has had his an­thol­ogy pub­lished by the Kefa Pub­lish­ing House in the United States. It in­cludes more than 200 cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal es­says. Sang has a keen in­ter­est in Chi­nese his­tor­i­cal fig­ures in North Amer­ica.

“In re­cent years, I have been writ­ing some es­says on the sub­ject of over­seas Chi­nese and his­tor­i­cal fig­ures of mod­ern China, which are

DAN­WEI BU / FOR CHINA DAILY

Yichuan Sang, pro­fes­sor, es­say­ist and com­mu­nity leader, chats in his of­fice.

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