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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.
  • April 5, 2012|Author: Charles Aruliah
    Rarely does an event occur that makes us stop in our tracks and fills us with questions, while simultaneously leaving us speechless due to our inability to comprehend what is occurring before us. I experienced one of these moments at the beginning...
  • March 28, 2012|Author: Vince Ng
    As you are reading this, I am in the disaster zone on my latest tour of Iwate. This time is special though: it marks one year since the 3/11 triple disaster. I am here with my colleagues to document and interview survivors to see how they are faring...
  • March 12, 2012|Author: Joanna Wong
    When’s the last time you heard the words “China” and “social responsibility” in the same sentence? Stories about China’s growing soft spot for charity projects rarely make it out of the country. But as the country’s middle class gets more...
  • March 8, 2012|Author: Vince Ng
    “Have you seen the giant ship yet?” Sensei asked me one day as we sat in the red tent listening to a crackling fire. “Giant ship?” I had seen a number of ships turned upside down, some a good twenty meters long. “Let’s go for a drive,” he said with...
  • February 27, 2012|Author: Per Unheim
    The starfish-shaped island of Sulawesi in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago is composed of six provinces that are home to over 16 million people. The lives of most residents are linked in some way to the ocean and fish is an essential part of...
  • February 13, 2012|Author: Vince Ng
    Food We ate by candlelight and solar lamps every night. Most of the food was provided through donations within the Japanese Christian community. A river runs through Kamaishi City so when the tsunami engulfed the port area, the river acted as a...
  • February 9, 2012|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    I have just returned from Kitimat where I met with First Nations, industry, and municipal leaders to discuss the challenges facing this picturesque community on the Northwest coast of British Columbia. The town and its surrounding region are poised...
  • February 7, 2012|Author: Per Unheim
    It’s 6:30 am on a Saturday morning in Jakarta, Indonesia, and I’m on my way to the airport in a Blue Bird taxi for my flight back home to Ottawa. While my flight doesn’t leave for another four hours and the drive should only take 45 minutes, the...
  • January 30, 2012|Author: Vince Ng
    The walls of the Shinsei Kamaishi Church had a distinct dark line about 20 feet high in every single room. Under the line, everything was tinted with a thin layer of mud. It just barely touched the bottom of the large cross mounted in the sanctuary...
  • 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...

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