APF Canada Announces Winners of NCA Call-Out for Blogs, Videos

Vancouver, BC - June 19, 2012 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada today announced the winners for the blog and video call-out as part of the National Conversation on Asia (NCA). Three bloggers will be awarded $250 to contribute to the Emerging Voices on Asia series which provides a forum for young Canadians’ perspectives on Canada's linkages with a changing Asia. The blog recipients are:

• Alanna Mackenzie, a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia, who will be writing on environmental issues related to China and Papua New Guinea;

• Maria Kari, a law student at the University of Manitoba, who will be writing on issues related to Pakistan and the Pakistani-Canadian and Canadian Muslim communities;

• Anita Singh, an early-career scholar completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the Munk School of Global Affairs, who will be writing on Indian development issues and the Indo-Canadian diaspora; and

• Michelle Arnold, a recent graduate of the Master of Global Affairs program, housed by the Munk School of Global Affairs, who will be writing on development, environmental and human and women’s’ rights issues.

In addition, three prizes of $1,500 were awarded to four filmmakers to develop short films on why Asia matters to Canada. The video award recipients are:

• Vania Chan, a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia and Nancy Lee, a current student at the University of British Columbia, who will be working as a team to make a short film on Mandarin education programs in Canada.

• Anthony Grieco, a filmmaker, writer and communications consultant, who will be making a short film on Vancouver’s Chinese-Canadian community; and

• Andrew de Silva, a Master’s student at National sun Yat Sen University in Taiwan, who will be making a short film profiling Canadians living and working in Taiwan.

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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. As a national not-for-profit organization established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada's transpacific relations. It promotes dialogue on economic, security, political and social issues, helping to inform public policy, the Canadian public and Canada’s Asia practitioners. The Foundation is funded principally through an endowment from the Government of Canada and by corporate and individual donors. Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca

About the National Conversation on Asia

The National Conversation on Asia is a Canada-wide initiative to get Canadians thinking and talking about what Asian means to Canada. It includes a public education and policy development focus. This initiative is generously supported in part by our Founding Partners: Teck, Shell Canada, Manulife Financial and BMO Financial Group; Founding Sponsors: HSBC Bank Canada and Port Metro Vancouver; and Founding Supporters: Port of Halifax, Fiera Capital, Deloitte, Vancouver Airport Authority, Husky Energy, Canadian Pacific, TELUS, Blakes and Cameco.  For more information, please contact:

Trang Nguyen
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tel: 604-630-1540
Email: trang.nguyen@asiapacific.ca

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