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Archive: August 2015

Raviv Litman - Blog 4: Maybe its for the best right now...

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Towering above one of Singapore’s many shiny shopping centres is a megachurch. I was invited to go to this church with a very kind older neighbor, Rachael (all the names here are changed). We attended the New Creation Church, a megachurch in Singapore, which can host around 200,000 attendees over four services every Sunday. It was an incredible experience, to see so many people physically entranced in their religious experiences in a kind of space that I associate with concert halls.

Siobhan Davis - Podcast 2: Perspectives on Canada's Reputation (I)

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A recent survey by the Reputation Institute deemed Canada to be the country with the best reputation in the world (Reputation Institute). Although I feel as though I am very lucky to be born in Canada and have a home there, I don't necessarily agree that Canada should be considered the country that is most admirable and reputable. I suppose I fall into the category of Canadians that are "among the most self-critical", on a scale of "how residents of a country felt about their own reputation versus how others saw it" (CBC).

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Kip Jorgensen - Blog 1: Differing Nature of Dhaka

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In my first blog, I explore the field of urban political ecology and its applicability to Dhaka in analyzing the interplay between environmental change and power. Incorporating critiques and efforts to 'provincialize' the study, I outline the theoretical foundation of my Commonwealth capstone project.

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Tabitha Black-Lock - Blog 2: The Skins of Bangladesh: Leather Industry in Dhaka

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The leather industry is one of the oldest industries in Bangladesh, and is known worldwide for producing high quality leather. The processing of leather and manufacturing of leather products helps feed the growing international thirst for low priced, high quality leather goods. After hearing about the local leather industry, I was curious to learn more about the large production of animal hide in this context. Thanks to a local friend, I was able to visit the leather tannery district and a leather footwear factory.

Raviv Litman - Podcast 3: On the edge

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My next blog will tell you about the idea of being in two places, or potentially being in multiple places that has come up in some of my interviews. In particular a narrative of international culture or globalized identity which a number of interviews have touched on. I realized after making this recording I have to begun to make some generalizations about Singaporean students in it without contextualizing that this only reflects the opinions of young men.

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Roxanne Power - Podast 2: Catching up with Perry Watson

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After just a few weeks with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in New Delhi, India, learning as much as possible with new experiences each day, I sit down to catch up with Perry Watson to hear about his experience with PRIA so far.

Listen in to hear about the project he'll be working on, some of his thoughts moving forward, and a little bit about the region in which he will be working.

(Image below: Sunset in New Delhi)

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Raviv Litman - Blog Post 1: The cost and return of overseas communities.

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One thing that is not easy when living overseas is finding community. For Singaporean overseas sons, after going through NS and finding a source of funding to go overseas, the next step is actually living overseas, and that means making new friends. From personal experience I can tell you being out of place can be a bummer sometimes, and the excitement of being somewhere new and exotic goes hand in hand with the alienation of being somewhere foreign. Luckily for many Overseas Singaporeans, some of their community comes with them.

Perry Watson - Podcast 2: "Seeing with your heart and responding with your brains"

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Earlier today I had the chance to sit down with Participatory Research in Asia colleague, Rabindran (Rabi) David Shelley.

In the podcast we discuss Rabi's own academic background, which led him to PRIA; why he decided to pursue a career in the non-governmental organization sector; PRIA's water and sanitation project in the State of Chhattisgarh; and the differing capacities that the N.G.O community and the Indian State play in the broader field of 'development'. 

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