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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.
  • January 25, 2012|Author: Joanna Wong
    Why is there no national Canadian strategy for learning Mandarin, the language of the world’s fastest growing economy? Whether Canadians want to thrive at a business banquet in Shanghai or simply make friends with the 26,000 new Chinese immigrants...
  • January 23, 2012|Author: Robert Hanlon
    As Canadians celebrated the holidays, one small Southeast Asian country was busy preparing for what could be a monumental year. For the second time in a decade, the Government of Cambodia will hold a one year term as chair of the Association of...
  • January 18, 2012|Author: Charles-Louis Labrecque
    On a récemment assisté à un retour en force de l’intérêt pour la Chine dans la presse écrite au Québec. Toutefois, malheureusement, cette couverture faite à propos de la Chine dans nos journaux francophones, surtout lorsqu’on la compare à celle qui...
  • January 17, 2012|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Canada Post has just issued its annual Lunar New Year stamp series, featuring a wide-eyed dragon that looks more surprised than menacing. Coming after a year that saw a devastating earthquake in Japan, political upheaval in the Middle East, economic...
  • January 16, 2012|Author: Vince Ng
    My story begins, not in Japan, but in Musikot City, Nepal. “Hey Vince,” my friend said, “there was a big earthquake in Japan three days ago!” Since Musikot City is in an isolated part of Nepal, this was the first I had heard of the triple disaster...
  • January 12, 2012|Author: Nabila Pirani
    As the only self-professed South Asia specialist at APF Canada, I often send my colleagues interesting (well, at least to me) articles on the region. Two recent examples include coverage of Karl Lagerfeld’s recent Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art...
  • 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...

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