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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.
  • September 27, 2011|Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    The 2011 Canadian Citizenship Study Guide – Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship – was updated in mid-March to include previously deleted information about the contributions of civil rights movements to Canadian history....
  • September 14, 2011|Author: Julia Palmiano
    Hello yogahead, welcome back to Vancouver. Welcome back, say the yoga moms of Kitsilano toting their mats across their backs while jogging and/or pushing their bouncing babies in strollers. Welcome back, says the subculture of hip, tattooed yogis of...
  • August 16, 2011|Author: Joanna Wong
    Every morning, Beijing residents step out the door into a changed city.  A new huddle of 30-storey office towers. A cluster of restaurants built on top of a 100-year old vegetable market. Condos with shiny billboards proclaiming “In the city,...
  • August 10, 2011|Author: Robert Hanlon
    Educating Asians is big business. With international students contributing roughly $6.5 billion to the Canadian economy annually (greater than our lumber or coal industries), our top three sourcing countries continue to be Asian (China, India and...
  • August 5, 2011|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Over the last five years, Chinese companies have invested billions in Canadian energy projects, sparking public debate over whether these deals are of “net benefit” to Canada. What is rarely considered is how Chinese investment will benefit First...
  • July 29, 2011|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    It is my pleasure and honour to participate in this important forum and I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to give this presentation. Let me get directly to the question that has been posed in this first plenary session: Can Asia...
  • July 14, 2011|Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    In my previous blog post from Churchill, Manitoba, I noted some of the signs of Asia’s interest in the Canadian North, namely, extractable resources and the gateway infrastructure for exporting these resources to Asia. On a recent trip to Iqaluit,...
  • July 5, 2011|Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    I recently travelled to Churchill, Manitoba, a town located on the shores of Hudson Bay, the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’ and the ‘Beluga Whale Capital of the World’. While there, I asked the locals about their perceptions of Asia and Asia-...
  • June 30, 2011|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    In the same way that globalization has connected distant corners of the earth through trade, finance, and information flows, increased international mobility is connecting Canadian citizens to the world in a way that challenges conventional notions...
  • June 19, 2011|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    It is a truism that the future belongs to the youth, but there can never be too much attention on engaging youth on the issues that will shape the future. This session was an opportunity to discuss the means and measures to involve youth more...
  • June 17, 2011|Author: Julia Palmiano
    Let’s just say that I never thought I would be walking into a business class while attending yoga school on a beach in Goa. As I sauntered into the shala on a natural high after swimming in the soft waves of the Arabian Sea, I looked at our little...
  • June 8, 2011|Author: Julia Palmiano
    The laundry list of yoga styles familiar to most yoga practitioners in North America and Europe ranges from the essential Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow classes, to the more, shall we say, selective variations and permutations of the ancient...
  • June 6, 2011|Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    Like many other Canadians interested in visiting and learning more about Asia, I have struggled for many years with trying to learn Mandarin, among other Asian languages. (And yes, for me, Mandarin is the hardest so far!) To some extent, learning...
  • June 2, 2011|Author: Joanna Wong
    China is watching us. In movie theatres from Shanghai to Urumqi, Canada’s landscapes and streetscapes are showing up on the big screen. Our lush forests and snowy peaks form the backdrop for angsty vampires in the movie Twilight, which has...
  • May 26, 2011|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The election of a majority government has set the stage for Stephen Harper to put his stamp on a Conservative approach to international issues. In the previous minority administration, Mr Harper did not place much attention on foreign policy. To the...
  • May 19, 2011|Author: Robert Hanlon
    This might come as a surprise: several participants at a recent conference at UBC entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Pacific Rim,” disagreed over the very fundamental issue of how CSR is defined. This isn’t because the...
  • May 18, 2011|Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    My good friend Chelsea Gabel works on Aboriginal health policy in specific reserves in Manitoba and Ontario. Although she and I would seem to have little common ground in terms of our research interests, in a recent conversation, we discovered an...
  • May 9, 2011|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The election of a majority Conservative government has set the stage for new directions in Canada’s relations with Asia. When asked what the results mean for the country, Prime Minister Harper said Western Canada in particular would benefit because...
  • May 6, 2011|Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    What comes to mind when you think about Montréal-Asia connections? Is it the new exhibit at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts entitled The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army? Or would it be how immigrants of Asian origin have been less...
  • April 29, 2011|Author: Julia Palmiano
    A typical day at my yoga school in India goes something like this: 5:30 am: Wake up; take a cold shower 6:30 am – 7:30 am: Stumble sleepily into yoga shala for meditation 7:30 am – 8:00 am: Tea break (Actually wake up) 8:00 am – 10:00 am:...

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