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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.
  • 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:...
  • April 29, 2011|Author: Joanna Wong
    In the minute it takes you to read this sentence, 48,000 products will be sold on Taobao, China’s version of eBay. Internet use in China is developing at an explosive pace. In the space of a decade, China’s netizens have swelled from 22 million to...
  • April 12, 2011|Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    On February 17, 2011, Lady Gaga propelled Winnipeg’s Maria Aragon to cyber-fame by tweeting the following about the 10-year old’s cover of her song “Born This Way”: “Can’t stop crying watching this. This is why I make music. She is the future.” The...
  • April 12, 2011|Author: Julia Palmiano
    Over the past few weeks, I have probably chanted “Om” over 1,000 times. This is the quintessential mantra of the yogic science, as it is the sound, the vibration that encapsulates all other sounds in the universe. We chant Om numerous times during...
  • March 30, 2011|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    A newly-released poll suggests that Ottawa's number one Asia policy priority for 2011 should be the development of a foreign policy strategy specifically for the region. This item topped a list of 16 actions or policies that respondents were asked...
  • March 15, 2011|Author: Jean Michel Montsion
    A recent poll conducted by La Presse-Angus Reid shows an important gap between Quebecers’ and Canadians’ views on the state of bilingualism in our country. As it seems that newcomers are an emerging source of concern for the protection of the French...

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