Blog Archive for 2013

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 20, 2013  |  Author: Jillian Oliver
    2013 was a significant year for Canada-Asia relations. Here's a look back at the news stories about Canada's relations with Asia that dominated the headlines during the year. 1.       Canada’s energy relationship with...
  • December 18, 2013  |  Author: Grégoire Legault
    Bien que le Canada soit en voie de signer d’importants accords de libre-échange en Asie, il ne possède pas, à l’heure actuelle, la capacité humaine et institutionnelle d’interagir efficacement avec ces nouveaux marchés. Ce manque de savoir vis-à-vis...
  • December 13, 2013  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    With "economic diplomacy" now front and centre in Canada's foreign policy, attention is turning to the means for expanding trade and investment, diversifying markets, promoting SMEs, and cultivating innovation. Asian countries feature prominently...
  • December 11, 2013  |  Author: Marie-Eve Reny
    Cet article est une reproduction d’un texte publié dans L’Asie en 1000 mots, le blogue de recherche du Centre d’études de l’Asie de l’Est de l’Université de Montréal. L’article original, incluant les références bibliographiques, est disponible...
  • December 3, 2013  |  Author: Maria Kari
    I tend to be shameless (and some would say, desperate) when it comes to taking to social media to shamelessly plug positive stories coming out of Pakistan. I do it mostly because sometimes it feels like the fight Pakistan has been fighting, both...
  • December 2, 2013  |  Author: Sarah É. Sawyer
    Cet article est une reproduction d’un texte publié dans L’Asie en 1000 mots, le blogue de recherche du Centre d’études de l’Asie de l’Est de l’Université de Montréal. L’article original, incluant les références bibliographiques, est disponible...
  • November 22, 2013  |  Author: Angela Merriam
    In the past few years Prime Minister Harper has made notable inroads toward increasing economic partnerships with Asia, especially with China. His compass has been spot-on. Yet fruitful economic cooperation with the second-largest economy in the...
  • November 21, 2013  |  Author: Sachiyo Kanzaki
    Cet article est une reproduction d’un texte publié dans L’Asie en 1000 mots, le blogue de recherche du Centre d’études de l’Asie de l’Est de l’Université de Montréal. L’article original, incluant les références bibliographiques, est disponible ici...
  • November 7, 2013  |  Author: Christine Park
    We keep hearing that Asia is the future and Canada’s prosperity is tied to the growth of Asian nations. Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, has called it a “national imperative” that Canada take a more active role in Asia and take...
  • October 16, 2013  |  Author: Angela Merriam
    I began studying Mandarin Chinese nearly a decade ago. The first two weeks were spent sequestered in the university language lab twisting my tongue in knots. I cursed my ill-tuned ears and maladroit mouth as I tried to recognize and imitate the...
  • October 15, 2013  |  Author: Diana Wong
    The lights flicker off and the air conditioner slowly shuts down, making that sad, dying electronic sound as it leaves the room humid. My main concern is that I will wake up again with an uncharged cellphone for the day of travel ahead from Alipura...
  • October 10, 2013  |  Author: Tim Yu
    When Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the webmaster of Prachatai, a popular Thai non-profit online newspaper, found herself detained by immigration officers at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, she had become one of the latest targets in Thailand's...
  • September 26, 2013  |  Author: Diana Wong
    Wandering the streets of Mumbai I find myself uncharacteristically drenched. As a proud Vancouverite, I am rarely caught without my rain jacket and accompanying waterproof accessories. To my untrained senses, the monsoon rains come unannounced. I...
  • September 18, 2013  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Premier Christy Clark announced last week that she will be leading a mission to China, Japan, and Korea in November. Standing with her at the press briefing were three executives whose businesses are emblematic of the opportunities and challenges...
  • September 17, 2013  |  Author: Ian McDonald: Post-graduate Research Fellow
    As a young man of 22, recently graduated from college with no job prospects at home, I began to entertain the notion of traveling. Several of my friends had already gone abroad with a few deciding to go to South Korea to teach English as a Second...
  • September 9, 2013  |  Author: Karen Campbell
    Three distinct memories stand out from my first impressions on Bangladesh: relentless traffic (for which Dhaka is notorious), mosquitoes (it was rainy season); and men (or more accurately, the 'invisibility' of women in public spaces.) For most...
  • August 15, 2013  |  Author: Diana Wong
    Although favourable in many parts of North America, electric vehicles in China, where 77 % of the total electricity production is coal-derived and many plants do not have advanced air pollution controls, raise concerns regarding increased air...
  • August 14, 2013  |  Author: Alina Anghel
    As India modernizes, its middle class grows, and the nation assumes its new role in the global economy, energy supply will have to keep up with the pace of growth. Though poverty persists, standards of living are improving for many and with this...
  • July 29, 2013  |  Author: Angela Merriam
    As we enter the Asian Century, more and more students from a variety of backgrounds—whether it be in engineering, arts, business, or science—are looking to China as a study abroad destination. It’s a smart career move and a chance to live in one of...
  • July 23, 2013  |  Author: Tim Yu
    For William*, a refugee recently recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the journey to Canada has been rather unusual. What began as an escape from political persecution in his native Uganda had unfolded into six...

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