The British Columbia Historical Federation is pleased to announce Harry Deng and Emma Quan are the recipients of the 2019 W. Kaye Lamb Awards for the best student works for students at university or college in British Columbia.
The essays were selected from 10 entries submitted by students attending post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.
Senior Division Recipient — Harry Deng
Harry Deng, a student at Simon Fraser University, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship in the senior division for his essay “Vancouver’s Chinatown: Literary Mappings of Seclusion.” His essay was written for History 436 taught by Dr. Katie McCullough.
Harry Deng was a 4th year student at Simon Fraser University where he studied history and international studies with a concentration in comparative world politics, culture, and society. His main research interest is in examining the different layers of authority within different contexts — specifically how both state and non-state actors, processes, and figures of power contribute to the nation building exercise. He will be pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and global affairs at the University of British Columbia starting in September 2020.
Junior Division Recipient — Emma Quan
Emma Quan, a Douglas College student, is the recipient of a $750 scholarship in the junior division for her essay “The Washboard Legacy: Racism and the Chinese Hand Laundries of British Columbia in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries.” Her essay was written for History 2215 instructed by Dr. Carling Beninger.
Emma is working towards a specialization in history as part of an Associate of Arts degree. She plans on continuing her studies with a focus on Canadian social history, women and gender studies, and museum and archival sciences. In addition, she is a peer writing tutor at Douglas, was recently a research assistant for a project on social housing, and a volunteer at the New Westminster Museum and Archives. In the future, she hopes to continue working and learning in the realm of public history and research.
The W. Kaye Lamb Award is presented to outstanding post-secondary student essays relating to the history of British Columbia. The award has been presented since 1988, initially known as the BCHF Scholarship. It was renamed the W. Kaye Lamb Award in 2001. In 2004, the BCHF introduced two award categories: one for students in their first or second year of study, the other for students in their third or fourth year of study. A list of past winners can be found here.
Sadly, due to the ongoing COVID-19 health situation the BCHF annual conference schedule for June, including the awards gala, has been cancelled. Thus, prizes are being announced early and plans are in the works for ways to honour winners during the BCHF conference in 2021, details to be announced.