About YK 1965

Class of WYK1965 Microbiologist (Environmental Microbiology) Honorary Research Fellow Agriculture Canada, Ottawa

The Wandering Songstress Orchestral Song Suite

This recent Chinese-western fusion composition is old wine in new skin, which may supersede the Yellow River Chorus.
The song selection is filled with romantic love, but ends in nationalism against Japanese militarism.


To view the performance in completion is recommended before your evaluation.

By the way, the “Wandering Songstress”, originally sung by Zhou Chuan, has been highlighted in Lee An’s film “Lust, Caution”.

On WYK1965 Golden Anniversary

Old long since

We parted and grew,
On wings of youth, through trials true.
Each in a way self-guided fate,
Brought to mind acquaintances entwined.
In days to come, all meetings end at home,
On a train that stops at distances far and nigh,
Lives lived, but undenied.


如乘驾青春翅膀 跨过人生考验
活了命 非能忘

YK Chan 陈耀国
Ottawa 2015.10.03

Sampling Islamic Culture by YK Chan

I.M. Pei designed the Islamic Art Museum, which opened in 2008 in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Islamic culture spanned three continents at its peak. For those who have not ventured overseas to the Islamic world, they can have a taste of the rich Islamic art and culture within Canada in Burnaby, BC, or Toronto, ON, where two Ismaili Centres are situated.

The Ismaili Centre in Toronto was opened one year ago. I recently had a chance to visit it and its adjoining Aka Khan Museum, which are located at a convenient site in Don Mills, standing out as a remarkable architecbtural landmark. One can browse the Museum web site (Aga Khan Museum) for detailed information on its events or booking a free guided tour of the Centre. Admission is free after 16h00 on Wednesdays.

The following are some photos I took during my visit.

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Advice on pursuing a doctorate in science (Not by me–YK Chan)

In these days and age, miserably few would consider pursuing a Ph.D. degree in science. In case some are still pondering about it, read this article first before pushing head on into it. This is my only advice for now.
What’s it like to get a Ph.D. Degree in science?
(If the above link does not work, use it for copy-and-paste in search engine.)

After perusing the pros and cons outlined by the author of the article, let me know if you have more questions.

At any rate, enjoy a good read.