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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.
  • 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...
  • March 15, 2011|Author: Robert Hanlon
    In 1953, American economist and grandfather of corporate social responsibility (CSR) theory Howard Bowen famously argued, ‘The day of plunder, human exploitation, and financial chicanery by private businessmen has largely passed’. Bowen had clearly...
  • March 15, 2011|Author: Joanna Wong
    With over 20 percent of the overseas Chinese population living in Canada, it’s time we ask about what a more eco-friendly China means for our side of the Pacific. Yes, we’ve all seen the pictures: coal-streaked skies and bleak industrial...
  • March 10, 2011|Author: Julia Palmiano
    I have been living in a tiny, secluded beach village in north Goa, India, joining 21 other trainees from around the world, all asking the same question: What is yoga? Is it a religion? A philosophy? Exercise for hippies? Whatever it is, yoga has...
  • February 16, 2011|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The growing importance of Asia in the world is affecting every sector of Canadian society, including education. While there has been longstanding interest in the study of Asia and Asian languages in Canadian post-secondary institutions, the most...
  • November 17, 2010|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    Prime Minister Harper and three of his senior cabinet ministers spent much of the last week at two major international gatherings in Asia. The Seoul G20 meeting on 11-12 November was followed by the annual APEC Leaders' Summit in Yokohama. The close...
  • November 12, 2010|Authors: Yuen Pau Woo, Anne Park Shannon
    Who is the person driving the “last spike” in the iconic photograph of the completion of the Canadian Pacific railway at Craigellachie 125 years ago? Not the president of the railway George Stephen, as most Canadians might assume, but Lord...
  • June 9, 2010|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The Canadian International Council (CIC) has just released a report on Canada’s place in the world and strategies for enhancing Canadian influence on global issues. Open Canada: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age is an unconventional...
  • June 4, 2010|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    With the United States and EU stuck in a weak recovery, Canadian companies are looking to non-traditional markets for new opportunities, especially in Asia. According to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s 2010 investment intentions survey, 64%...
  • April 19, 2010|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    A significant majority of Canadians believe that 10 years from now, China's influence will exceed that of the United States. This finding, from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's recent national poll of Canadian views on Asia, is remarkable not...
  • January 20, 2010|Author: Yuen Pau Woo
    The opera Nixon in China premiered in Houston in 1987, 15 years after the historic visit by the US president. By that time, the once-disgraced Nixon had re-emerged as an elder statesman of sorts. His counterpart, Chairman Mao Zedong, had been dead...

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