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Archive: August 2016

Emma De Vynck - Blog 5: Some thoughts on space

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This month I reflect a bit on space, movement, and expansion at the Karenni Social Development Centre (KSDC). KSDC runs human rights and community management training courses for refugee youth along the Thai-Myanmar border. I am currently at about month 4 of my 7-month placement here. 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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Kim Copeland - Blog 4: Interview with Ghasem: English Education Coordinator at MSRI

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Ghasem is a twenty two year old refugee from Afghanistan and the English Education Coordinator at the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI). He is also one of my good friends here in Kuala Lumpur and absolutely hilarious. Here is our interview surrounding his personal and professional thoughts on education; his experiences in Afghanistan learning English; and how life has come full-circle for him, teaching English at MSRI.

 

 

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Claire Horwood - Blog 5: Interview with Hadi (Student at MSRI's school)

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As I have mentioned in each of my previous blog posts, one my goals during my internship is to examine the many ways that language, with all of its nuances and all of its layers, impacts the people who work at MSRI and the refugees who access essential services. My hope is that this information will help to shine some light on one of the most prominent invisible barriers that refugees and service providers face, both in facilitating integration into host countries, and during the re-settlement process.

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Elena Lopez - Blog 4: Fieldwork

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In this blog post, I delve into the challenges and rewards of doing fieldwork. This is my second time doing fieldwork, and while I am still a relative novice, I can provide some guidance and advice for others who are thinking about incorporating fieldwork into their studies. I discuss fieldwork as practice, praxis, and provocation, and I share some excerpts of my fieldnotes to provide a glimpse of what it's like to be in the field. 

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Katherine Gust - Blog 1: Introduction Interview

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Below is Part 1 of a convertstaion between Zahura Ahmed and myself. Within this podcast we introduce ourselves, and in Part 2 we explain who we are working with and what we hope to achieve from this time. Please view Zahuras blog for Part 2 of this conversation.

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Joel Toorenburgh - Blog 3: The Difference a Day Makes

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**Disclaimer: The following is personal blog based on my individual experience in Bangladesh.**

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. 

- Billy Graham

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Danae Zachari – Blog 3 (Part 3/3): Interview with Gloria Martinez – senior program manager at MSRI

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In this final section of my interview with Gloria Martinez, Gloria discusses the complexities of reporting a perpetrator, especially in an asylum and refugee context. She also explains how the course of action varies from one case to another and the possible drawbacks a legal case can have for refugees.

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Danae Zachari – Blog 3 (Part 2/3): Interview with Gloria Martinez – senior program manager at MSRI

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Children’s Rights

In this second section, Gloria Martinez talks about the UN convention on the rights of the child, which articulates the rights of children and recognizes their agency and evolving capacities. She explains what it means when countries, such as Malaysia, entered reservations on articles of the convention when they ratified it. This podcast ends with a discussion on the child protection policy introduced at MSRI and the training that has begun to take place. 

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