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Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 7: Conversations about the intern experience!

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Hello! Wow, time has flown by and it seems like just yesterday myself and fellow CAPI intern with PRIA, Sidney, were arriving in Delhi to begin our internships in India. Feel free to listen to this podcast to hear Sidney ask me about my experiences, some challenges, and lessons I've learned working in India. It's been a huge learning experience and am feeling grateful for all the fantastic people, experiences, and learnings from this time working with PRIA. 

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Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 6: Learnings about open defecation in the context of India

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Open defecation.

Before coming to intern in India, I had not heard very much about the issues and implications of open defecation in many parts of the world. Conversations about global issues of inequality and social justice, usually are centred around other basic human needs such as food, water and shelter and so on. Yet, the more that I’m learning about open defecation and its related issues the more I have realised what a crucial issue it is for the health, safety, and dignity of huge numbers of people around the world—particularly in India.

Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 5: Celebrations: Some Experiences and Thoughts from India

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Hi there!  The last little while here in Southern India has involved a lot of different celebrations and holidays. In this little blog post I'm sharing some of my experiences and thoughts about some of the ones I've been lucky enough to come across while living and working in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It's hard to do these kinds of occasions justice and of course I still have a ways to go in understanding and unpacking what many of these events mean and the diverse forms they take on.

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Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 4: Public Space, Loitering, and Feminist Activism

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Public space, loitering, and feminist activism may seem like disjointed entities. So, it might be even more confusing for you, dear reader of this blog post, if I say that really what I’m talking about is all wound up in a chai stall.

 

Public Space, Loitering, and Feminist Activism

Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 3: Field Experiences in Anandapuram Mandal

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Hi there, I have now been working in the PRIA Visakhapatnam field office for almost a month now. Being in the field has brought a lot of new experiences and people my way. One of the biggest learning experiences so far for me has been through the field visits that I get to be a part of. I am very grateful to be able to visit Anandapuram Mandal and spend some time with its community members as part of our data collection.

Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 2: Beginnings and Reflections

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Hello, Kenda here from New Delhi, India where I am interning with PRIA as a program assistant through CAPI. Here's a podcast after my first month here with a little introduction to PRIA, the two projects I am working on and a few othe reflections from the beginning of my time here! 

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Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 1: Introductory podcast interviewed by Claire Horwood

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Here's an introduction of myself through an interview by fellow intern Claire Horwood on April 29, 2016 in Victoria, BC. I will be interning from June-December with PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia) through the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. In this podcast Claire asks me a bit about my background, interests, what brought me to this upcoming internship, some things I look forward to and also hope to get out of this opportunity. 

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