Chan, Jennifer Anlin 1967-

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Chan, Jennifer Anlin 1967-


Born January 26, 1967, in Hong Kong (now China); daughter of Chuen (an entrepreneur) and Chun (a homemaker) Chan; children: Claire Ka-ying, Paul Ming-yin. Education: École Hautes Études Commerciales, equivalent of M.B.A., 1990; Stanford University, M.A., 1997, Ph.D., 2001. Politics: Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Dance, jazz, film, fiction, travel.


Home—Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Office—Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada.


University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, assistant professor of educational studies, 2003—.


Comparative International Education Society, Association for Asian Studies.


Gail Kelly Award, Comparative International Education Society.


Gender and Human Rights Politics in Japan: Global Norms and Domestic Networks, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 2004.


Jennifer Anlin Chan told CA: "I first started writing when it was a requirement in graduate school. I am a non-native writer, so writing is never easy. It still requires tremendous effort. My writing is driven by my passion for and commitment to social justice. I think I write in order to bring the invisible to the surface. Since there are so many invisible issues and subjects, there is enough work for one's lifetime! I am inspired by writers such as the feminist Bell Hooks and the physician Paul Farmer, who are authentic, passionate, and committed to justice and a better life. For me, writing is life. To keep writing is to stay creative. However grueling and time-consuming (academic) writing can be at times, it is the best defense against depression and despair."