Dr. Paul Crowe
Paul is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University, teaches in the Canada-Asia program, and is Director of the David See Chai Lam Centre for International Communication. In his role as Director, he builds bridges between the university and wider society, and forges partnerships with organizations working to nurture a cohesive civil society through mutual understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.
As with many other Canadians, Paul is living an intercultural life. Born in the north of England, he received Canadian citizenship in his twenties. He married a second generation Chinese Canadian who, through her extended family, introduced him to many Chinese rites of passage. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a BA in European Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religious Studies, Paul and his wife moved to Taiwan to work and learn Chinese. They returned to Vancouver in 1993 where Paul completed a second MA and Ph.D. in Asian Studies at UBC. He is trained in Taijiquan (T’ai-chi ch’uan) and has been a volunteer teacher of the martial art in extended care centers, hospitals, Chinatowns and universities for 27 years. He has also practiced Daoist meditation since 1985.
Paul sees the Garden—whose structure embodies the material culture, values and aesthetics of Ming China—as a rarity in North American urban centers. He loves working with skilled and committed staff, volunteers and other Trustees who care deeply about the Garden, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with a broader community outside the university. Volunteering, he believes, is essential to maintaining a society that is not just economically viable, but humane and civilized.
Paul’s goal is to raise the profile of the Garden locally as a destination for those who wish to deepen their understanding and appreciation of classical Chinese culture, as well as enjoy the rich experiences it provides through concerts, art exhibitions, theatre and lectures.