Emerging Voices on Asia Blog

The Emerging Voices on Asia blog is for young Canadians’ perspectives on our linkages with a changing Asia.

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When Jagmeet Singh, an Ontario MPP, introduced a private member's bill in May 2012 that called for a five percent cap on money-transfer fees in the province, he shed light on a relatively overlooked issue to most Canadians: remittance transfers. Remittances are the transfer of money from migrants to family members in their country of origin. Each year, thousands of Canadians turn to popular money transfer operators such as Western Union and MoneyGram to help send money overseas to distant family members at nearly every corner of the globe. However, the...
I grew up going to the shops in Chinatown with my mother and sister, jabbing at the cured sausages, wrinkling my nose at the dried mushrooms, running away from the giant-eyed red snappers at the fish stall. This was back before all the Chinese started to move away, to Richmond, to 41st and Victoria, to where higher-ranked schools and newer homes could be found for their children. And so in Vancouver, creeping in from the edges of Chinatown, as demarked by the kitschy lanterns and dated Welcome to Chinatown sign on Main Street and the classical North...
China’s economy is extremely energy intensive and relies on coal as its primary source of energy. As pollution from coal and other fossil fuels has risen to hazardous levels, China has begun to seek alternatives. This series of blog posts aims to explore three specific alternatives to fossil fuels in China. Wind power in China is a sizable component of the country’s energy mix. According to Bloomberg, since 2012, China has had the largest wind market in terms of annual installed capacity. Despite issues with connecting wind farms to the grid, China...
It’s been nearly six years since I left Cambodia, but my memories of those sweltering summer days spent wading through rice fields still feel fresh in my mind. Cambodia was the first country I ever visited outside of Canada, and it remains the most profound of my travels to date. I learned a great deal in that short period of time, including how to use portable water filters to create clean drinking water, how to stay cool in 40 degree weather, and how to turn a shipping container into a makeshift laboratory. I didn’t realize it at the time, but all of...
A revolutionary new gadget is being unveiled by a confidently geeky company. The CEO, wearing a black t-shirt with sneakers and jeans, struts on stage in front of a crowd of near-religious fans. The blogosphere, Twittersphere, and the struggling-to-keep-up mainstream press raves with soaring expectations. Upon the gadget’s release, its initial inventory disappears within minutes. Want to try before you buy? Then head to the nearest immaculate showroom where casually dressed, knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions about their devices,...

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