Blog Archive for 2012

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 11, 2012  |  Author: The Social Innovation Research Group-Taiwan
    One of the first things I learned in Taiwan was how much better everyone is at taking out the garbage and recycling. Whereas Canadians recycle only 27% of their waste, Taiwanese recycle closer to 58%. This disparity can partly be explained by how...
  • December 10, 2012  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The CNOOC-Nexen / Petronas-Progress decision is now behind us, but the most interesting issues surrounding these deals are only just coming to light. CNOOC and Petronas (both state-owned enterprises of China and Malaysia respectively) have been...
  • December 5, 2012  |  Author: Charles-Louis Labrecque
    Un changement dans la perception des Québécois à propos de l’Asie semble en train de s’opérer. Plusieurs évènements et initiatives d’envergure au Québec laissent croire que la belle province se tourne finalement vers l’Asie. Par le passé, les...
  • December 3, 2012  |  Author: Jillian Oliver
    On March 25, 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City killed 146 workers, mostly young, immigrant women. Information that the factory managers had locked the doors in order to stop workers from taking unapproved breaks led to...
  • November 26, 2012  |  Author: Alex Bookbinder
    It was not too long ago that Burma’s crumbling former capital seemed frozen in the past. That’s no longer the case, as the military-led government has begun to rehabilitate its image internationally and attract foreign investment. But while things...
  • November 14, 2012  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The 2012 US Presidential election will be remembered for many things, but politicos on this side of the border will note that Canada was referenced in a number of debates on the issue of US energy policy. We will find out soon enough if President...
  • November 1, 2012  |  Author: Charles Aruliah
    Hollywood loves a good villain. In what would make even the English ‘Constitution’ blush, it is an undisputed and unwritten law that every film protagonist requires an opposing force - someone who is actively working to foil the main hero’s plan, is...
  • October 29, 2012  |  Author: Aziza Mohammed
    Having been born and raised in Canada, I had always been casteless. That was one social hierarchy that was completely irrelevant to my daily life. However, this would soon unexpectedly change. In 2011, I was offered the chance to work in India for...
  • October 23, 2012  |  Author: Vince Ng
    Leprosy seems to be one of the oldest (or if not, most infamous) of diseases in human history. Yet, the closest a Canadian has, or probably ever will, come to the disease is through movies like Ben Hur. After the chariot race scene, Ben Hur makes...
  • October 19, 2012  |  Author: Alanna Mackenzie
    The meteoric rise of China’s housing market over the past decade has been well documented, as has Canada’s role in fueling the Chinese construction boom by exporting wood. Yet as signs invariably surface that the housing bubble is about to burst,...
  • October 19, 2012  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The CNOOC-Nexen review has gone into overtime. While an extension of the review process is not unusual, the question is whether the play book has changed. There is a danger that with the clock running down, the game plan has gone out the window and...
  • October 15, 2012  |  Author: Per Unheim
    In its natural state, the drive from the coastal town of Pare Pare to Rentipao, nestled in the hills north and inland in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, is beautiful. After leaving the glistening waters of the easternmost reaches of the Java...
  • October 10, 2012  |  Author: Anthony Grieco
    Three questions with filmmaker Anthony Grieco. What’s the key message you want people to take away from this story? We have been building connections across the Pacific in all manner of ways (cultural, economic, etc.), and while each generation...
  • October 10, 2012  |  Author: Vania Chan and Nancy Lee
    Four questions with filmmakers Vania Chan and Nancy Lee. What gave you the idea to make a video about a Mandarin bilingual program in Canada?  Asia has had a significant impact on Canada, especially through the migration patterns of many...
  • October 10, 2012  |  Author: Andrew de Silva
    Three questions with filmmaker Andrew de Silva. Why do you think it was important to tell the story of these three Canadians who have found success in Taiwan? A lot of Canadians living in Canada may not be aware of the opportunities that exist in...
  • October 4, 2012  |  Author: Christine Park
    You might have heard these words recently, spoken by South Korean sensation Psy, on multiple high-profile television programs. From teaching Britney Spears how to do the now infamous ‘horse dance’ to appearing on Saturday Night Live, Psy is now ‘...
  • September 27, 2012  |  Author: Anita Singh
    My dad was recently reminiscing that he has been in Canada for 35 years, nearly twice as long as he had lived in Fiji, the country where he was born. For him, Canada is the only home he knows, his time in Fiji and India now relegated to pleasant but...
  • September 19, 2012  |  Author: Angela Merriam
    If you’re now in university, your career will just be getting underway when China’s GDP overtakes that of the US—our biggest trading partner and economic lifeline. Even before that, China will likely join the US as a global leader in high-tech...
  • September 14, 2012  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    As the clock ticks on the 45-day review period for the proposed CNOOC-Nexen acquisition, at least one thing has become clear: critics on the left are in rare alignment with critics on the right in their uniform opposition to the deal. The arguments...
  • September 12, 2012  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    A group of nearly 30 Canadians descended on Naypyitaw and Yangon last week, as part of a delegation organized by the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The mission was held in conjunction with the visit of Trade Minister Ed Fast, and came on the...

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