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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.
  • March 15, 2011  |  Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    A recent poll conducted by La Presse-Angus Reid shows an important gap between Quebecers’ and Canadians’ views on the state of bilingualism in our country. As it seems that newcomers are an emerging source of concern for the protection of the French...
  • March 15, 2011  |  Author: Robert Hanlon
    In 1953, American economist and grandfather of corporate social responsibility (CSR) theory Howard Bowen famously argued, ‘The day of plunder, human exploitation, and financial chicanery by private businessmen has largely passed’. Bowen had clearly...
  • March 15, 2011  |  Author: Joanna Wong
    With over 20 percent of the overseas Chinese population living in Canada, it’s time we ask about what a more eco-friendly China means for our side of the Pacific. Yes, we’ve all seen the pictures: coal-streaked skies and bleak industrial...
  • March 10, 2011  |  Author: Julia Palmiano
    I have been living in a tiny, secluded beach village in north Goa, India, joining 21 other trainees from around the world, all asking the same question: What is yoga? Is it a religion? A philosophy? Exercise for hippies? Whatever it is, yoga has...
  • February 16, 2011  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The growing importance of Asia in the world is affecting every sector of Canadian society, including education. While there has been longstanding interest in the study of Asia and Asian languages in Canadian post-secondary institutions, the most...
  • November 17, 2010  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Prime Minister Harper and three of his senior cabinet ministers spent much of the last week at two major international gatherings in Asia. The Seoul G20 meeting on 11-12 November was followed by the annual APEC Leaders' Summit in Yokohama. The close...
  • November 12, 2010  |  Authors: Yuen Pau Woo, Anne Park Shannon
    Who is the person driving the “last spike” in the iconic photograph of the completion of the Canadian Pacific railway at Craigellachie 125 years ago? Not the president of the railway George Stephen, as most Canadians might assume, but Lord...
  • June 9, 2010  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The Canadian International Council (CIC) has just released a report on Canada’s place in the world and strategies for enhancing Canadian influence on global issues. Open Canada: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age is an unconventional...
  • June 4, 2010  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    With the United States and EU stuck in a weak recovery, Canadian companies are looking to non-traditional markets for new opportunities, especially in Asia. According to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s 2010 investment intentions survey, 64%...
  • April 19, 2010  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    A significant majority of Canadians believe that 10 years from now, China's influence will exceed that of the United States. This finding, from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's recent national poll of Canadian views on Asia, is remarkable not...
  • January 20, 2010  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The opera Nixon in China premiered in Houston in 1987, 15 years after the historic visit by the US president. By that time, the once-disgraced Nixon had re-emerged as an elder statesman of sorts. His counterpart, Chairman Mao Zedong, had been dead...
  • December 4, 2009  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The question is asked about the impacts of the global economy, and globalization more broadly, on the Asia Pacific region, looking out to 2025. This is curious because it inverts the more conventional problematique of today, which is to ask how...
  • November 12, 2009  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    When Prime Minister Harper visits India next week, it will come after a meeting with Asia Pacific leaders in Singapore, where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.  This backdrop to Mr. Harper’s trip is emblematic...
  • October 6, 2009  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    China’s ascendency on the world stage has forced a reconsideration of its role in all aspects of international affairs. The least understood feature of China’s impact on the world economy is human capital. It isn’t simply that a population of 1.3...
  • July 17, 2009  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The single biggest investment by a Chinese entity in a Canadian company was concluded on July 15 when China Investment Corporation (CIC) finalized its purchase of a C$1.7 billion equity stake in Teck Resources of Vancouver. A few weeks earlier, the...
  • July 3, 2009  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Royalty connotes continuity and stability, and the visit this week of the Emperor and Empress of Japan will likely leave many Canadians with an impression of Japan’s placid immutability. This would be mistaken, since Japan is going through a number...
  • June 19, 2009  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Canada's west coast ports got a boost from Trade Minister Stockwell Day last week with the announcement of an advertising campaign to promote the Asia Pacific Gateway to potential customers in the US, Japan, South Korea, and China. Using the slogan...
  • February 25, 2009  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The global financial crisis has forced Canada to rethink the received wisdom about fiscal management. It should also force a rethink of the international economic order and how we must position ourselves for a post-crisis world. Can we count on our...
  • January 23, 2009  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The Finance Minister and his cabinet colleagues have been consulting furiously to get the input of Canadians on an appropriate fiscal response to the current economic crisis. There is already a consensus on the need for economic stimulus that will...
  • November 14, 2008  |  Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    As Prime Minister Harper arrives in Lima for the APEC Leaders' Meeting, following the visits earlier this week of Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon and Trade Minister Stockwell Day, he will join counterparts from the 20 other member economies,...

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