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  • August 2, 2018 Vancouver, BC

    Understanding the Implications of Cambodia's 2018 Election

    Voters in Cambodia head to the polls on July 29, 2018 to elect the country’s National Assembly. Join the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada for a conversation with two Cambodia watchers who will share their insights into the elections and possible post-election political developments.

    The lead-up to this election has been fraught with tension. Current Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has held the position since 1985 and is Asia’s longest-serving prime minister, is seeking another term. Meanwhile, concerns have been raised within and outside Cambodia about a lack of genuine political competition and the erosion of freedom of the press. Last year, the largest opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), was dissolved and its leader jailed, while the Phnom Penh Post, the last independent English-language news outlet in the country, was sold in May to a Malaysian businessman with ties to the Cambodian government.

    How this will all net out for the people of Cambodia—specifically, whether they will get pulled further into an authoritarian undertow—remains to be seen.

    About the Presenters:

    Gordon Longmuir:
    Gordon served in the Royal Canadian Navy before joining the (then) Department of External Affairs, with diplomatic postings in Vietnam, Japan (twice), Korea and Thailand. He was Deputy High Commissioner in India from 1991-95, and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia from 1995-99. He is currently a Research Associate of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and is active with the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian International Council. He has monitored two previous Cambodian elections.

    Darren Touch:
    Darren Touch is a candidate in the Masters of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC and a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa with a baccalaureate in the Joint Honours Political Science and Public Administration (Co-op) program. Darren was formerly a Junior Policy Associate at the Public Policy Forum. He has also worked with Canada's Digital Policy Forum, the Government of Canada at Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Employment and Social Development Canada. Darren was also the youngest-serving president of the Cambodian Association of the Ottawa Valley and the former Vice-President of the Academic Affairs for the public administration program at the University of Ottawa.

    Add to Calendar 08/02/2018 12:00 08/02/2018 13:30 America/Vancouver Understanding the Implications of Cambodia's 2018 Election

    Voters in Cambodia head to the polls on July 29, 2018 to elect the country’s National Assembly. Join the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada for a conversation with two Cambodia watchers who will share their insights into the elections and possible post-election political developments.

    The lead-up to this election has been fraught with tension. Current Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has held the position since 1985 and is Asia’s longest-serving prime minister, is seeking another term. Meanwhile, concerns have been raised within and outside Cambodia about a lack of genuine political competition and the erosion of freedom of the press. Last year, the largest opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), was dissolved and its leader jailed, while the Phnom Penh Post, the last independent English-language news outlet in the country, was sold in May to a Malaysian businessman with ties to the Cambodian government.

    How this will all net out for the people of Cambodia—specifically, whether they will get pulled further into an authoritarian undertow—remains to be seen.

    About the Presenters:

    Gordon Longmuir:
    Gordon served in the Royal Canadian Navy before joining the (then) Department of External Affairs, with diplomatic postings in Vietnam, Japan (twice), Korea and Thailand. He was Deputy High Commissioner in India from 1991-95, and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia from 1995-99. He is currently a Research Associate of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and is active with the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian International Council. He has monitored two previous Cambodian elections.

    Darren Touch:
    Darren Touch is a candidate in the Masters of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC and a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa with a baccalaureate in the Joint Honours Political Science and Public Administration (Co-op) program. Darren was formerly a Junior Policy Associate at the Public Policy Forum. He has also worked with Canada's Digital Policy Forum, the Government of Canada at Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Employment and Social Development Canada. Darren was also the youngest-serving president of the Cambodian Association of the Ottawa Valley and the former Vice-President of the Academic Affairs for the public administration program at the University of Ottawa.

    Where:

    APF Canada Vancouver Boardroom
    900-675 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2

    When:

    Thursday August 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

    Contact:

    For more information, please contact Mandy Ng at mandy.ng@asiapacific.ca

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    900-675 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2

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    Where

    APF Canada Vancouver Boardroom
    900-675 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2

    When

    Thursday August 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

    Contact

    For more information, please contact Mandy Ng at mandy.ng@asiapacific.ca

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  • July 18, 2018 Vancouver, BC

    Rethinking ASEAN: Security Competition and Visions of Asian Regionalism

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has partnered with the Canadian International Council (CIC), Vancouver branch, to host a brownbag discussion with Dr. Stephen Nagy, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. The CIC is an independent, member-based council established in 1928 to strengthen Canada's role in global affairs. 


    ASEAN has been unseated as the primary driver of Asian integration. On the one hand, China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is integrating the region through geo-economic statecraft that, while providing a public good to some developing countries, aims to create more economic autonomy for China. On the other hand, China's growing economic, military, and deplomatic footprint in Asia has created new regional alignments - and resurrected others - that are contributing to a sea change in the emerging superpower's influence in the region. 

    What does this mean for Asian regionalism? Can ASEAN remain a key anchor in the regionalization process? And what alternatives are arising as countires in Asia re-calibrate their national interests to manage the pressures emanating from the escalating China-U.S. rivalry? This presentation will examine these questions by analyzing how China-U.S. relations are in fact driving the reconfiguration of Asian regionalism, and how socio-economic development and security concerns in particular are shifting the axis of Asian regionalism away from its ASEAN centre (if it ever was) toward competing visions of Asian regionalization.

    By Invitation Only

    Where

    APF Canada Vancouver Boardroom
    900-675 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2

    When

    Wednesday July 18, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

    Contact

    For more information, please contact Mandy Ng at mandy.ng@asiapacific.ca

  • July 16, 2018 Vancouver, BC

    Canada-China Economics Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    The School of Economics (SOE) at Fudan Universtiy (Fudan U) and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) will co-host a luncheon forum with a keynote speech by Professor Jun Zhang, Dean of SOE of Fudan U., followed by an armchair dialogue with professor Daniel Shapior, Dean Emeritus, Beedie School fo Business, Simon Fraser University and the Honourable Yuen Pau Woo, Senator, Parliament of Canada.

    The keynote speaker Professor Zhang is one of the leading economists in China and will share his insights on China's economy and Canada-China relations at this forum with business leaders, academic researchers, professional practitioners, and other individuals who share the same interest. 

    Where

    Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
    Arbutus Room
    791 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver BC, V6C 2T4

    When

    Monday July 16, 2018 at 11:30 PM to 2:30 PM

    Contact

    For more informaiton, Please contact:
    Kenny Zhang, Event Coordinator (Volunteer)
    Alumni Representative Office in Vancouver, School of Economics, Fudan University
    T: 778.788.3803
    E: kq_zhang@yahoo.com

  • June 11, 2018 Vancouver, BC

    Reclaiming B.C.’s History: An Overview of the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project

    The Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project (PCLP) is an initiative of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley in partnership with the Royal BC Museum. The goal of the PCLP is to preserve, share, and explore the Punjabi community’s contributions to British Columbian and Canadian history.

    By bringing communities together to record family histories, the PCLP compiles and shares Punjabi historical and contemporary perspectives on immigration, employment, social organizations, inter-generational/intercultural understandings, family settlements, integration, political struggles, and experiences of racism and discriminatory legislation.

    Director Satwinder Bains and Co-Director Kamal Arora will be joined by co-ordinators Sharanjit Sandhra and Ishpreet Singh Anand, who will discuss the details of the project and the importance of archiving migration histories in Canada through hosting a brownbag event at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

    By Invitation Only 

    Where

    APF Canada Vancouver 
    900-675 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2

    When

    Monday June 11th, 2018 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

    Contact

    For more information, please contact Mandy Ng at mandy.ng@asiapacific.ca

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