Blog Archive for 2011

The APF Canada blog, written by our staff, fellows and occasional outside guests, provides timely insight and information on current affairs, developments in research, and upcoming and past events related to our work on Canada-Asia relations.
  • December 13, 2011  |  Author: Joanna Wong
    This blog is the first of four I will be posting on the “Human Element,” a video series that uncovers a new era of innovation shaping Canada’s ties with China. This series was produced by Flow Creative Studios as part of an Asia Pacific Foundation...
  • November 25, 2011  |  Author: Julia Palmiano
    I hope you’ve enjoyed my musings and observations about yoga in India, and especially on how the evolution and spread of an ancient spiritual practice has enormous ramifications for interaction across countries in Asia, North America, and...
  • November 23, 2011  |  Author: Charles-Louis Labrecque
    Several international events have recently highlighted the rising importance of Canada’s connection with Asia. More importantly, they have fuelled conversations about the consequences of the region’s growing importance in world affairs and for...
  • November 15, 2011  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    In another sign that Ottawa is getting serious about stronger ties with Asia, the Prime Minister is deploying one of our most underappreciated diplomatic assets on a trip to Southeast Asia. Starting this week, the Governor General will lead a...
  • November 2, 2011  |  Author: Julia Palmiano
    I re-adjust my tingling right foot as I sit cross-legged yogic-style, not in my beloved shala in Mandrem beach, north Goa, but in Montreal’s bustling airport on a 4-hour layover to Geneva, Switzerland. It’s been a few months since my adventure in...
  • October 27, 2011  |  Author: Charles Aruliah
    "At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal force in the heart of man: one very reasonably tells the man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of avoiding it; the other even more reasonable says that it...
  • October 24, 2011  |  Author: Charles-Louis Labrecque
    I read with great interest Wendy Dobson’s report, entitled Canada, China and emerging Asia: Proposal for a strategy. Many calls have been made in the past few years for Ottawa to get its act together to respond more effectively to China and Asia’s...
  • October 21, 2011  |  Author: Robert Hanlon
    A new report published by the World Bank has blasted Asian universities for not improving the productivity of their societies. The report was especially critical of the region’s poorest countries, while calling on the middle-income states to do more...
  • October 4, 2011  |  Authors: Yuen Pau Woo, Karen Oldfield
    With ongoing economic and political uncertainty in the United States and the European Union, Atlantic Canada must look beyond traditional markets for economic opportunity. This is a challenge not just for business and government leaders, but...
  • September 28, 2011  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Even though oil and gas is the most traded product in the Asia Pacific region, there is virtually no energy trade across the Pacific. A new report released today in Washington, D.C. by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) suggests that...
  • September 27, 2011  |  Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    The 2011 Canadian Citizenship Study Guide – Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship – was updated in mid-March to include previously deleted information about the contributions of civil rights movements to Canadian history....
  • September 14, 2011  |  Author: Julia Palmiano
    Hello yogahead, welcome back to Vancouver. Welcome back, say the yoga moms of Kitsilano toting their mats across their backs while jogging and/or pushing their bouncing babies in strollers. Welcome back, says the subculture of hip, tattooed yogis of...
  • August 16, 2011  |  Author: Joanna Wong
    Every morning, Beijing residents step out the door into a changed city.  A new huddle of 30-storey office towers. A cluster of restaurants built on top of a 100-year old vegetable market. Condos with shiny billboards proclaiming “In the city,...
  • August 10, 2011  |  Author: Robert Hanlon
    Educating Asians is big business. With international students contributing roughly $6.5 billion to the Canadian economy annually (greater than our lumber or coal industries), our top three sourcing countries continue to be Asian (China, India and...
  • August 5, 2011  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Over the last five years, Chinese companies have invested billions in Canadian energy projects, sparking public debate over whether these deals are of “net benefit” to Canada. What is rarely considered is how Chinese investment will benefit First...
  • July 29, 2011  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    It is my pleasure and honour to participate in this important forum and I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to give this presentation. Let me get directly to the question that has been posed in this first plenary session: Can Asia...
  • July 14, 2011  |  Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    In my previous blog post from Churchill, Manitoba, I noted some of the signs of Asia’s interest in the Canadian North, namely, extractable resources and the gateway infrastructure for exporting these resources to Asia. On a recent trip to Iqaluit,...
  • July 5, 2011  |  Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    I recently travelled to Churchill, Manitoba, a town located on the shores of Hudson Bay, the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’ and the ‘Beluga Whale Capital of the World’. While there, I asked the locals about their perceptions of Asia and Asia-...
  • June 30, 2011  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    In the same way that globalization has connected distant corners of the earth through trade, finance, and information flows, increased international mobility is connecting Canadian citizens to the world in a way that challenges conventional notions...
  • June 19, 2011  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    It is a truism that the future belongs to the youth, but there can never be too much attention on engaging youth on the issues that will shape the future. This session was an opportunity to discuss the means and measures to involve youth more...

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