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Archive: September 2016

Tasneem Bhaidu – Blog 2: The Power of English (GOV)

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The following is a reflection piece of how I perceive the English language holds so much power, even in Bangladesh's civil society. I write about the two co-founders of my host organization, BOMSA, who do not speak English and have expressed that they feel because of this, they are closed off to many opportunities.

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Luke Yang - Blog 2: The Intricacies of Documenting Labour Migration (GOV)

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As I pen this blog, I have already been immersed in the work of Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC) just over a month. Over the past month of my stay in Kathmandu, I’ve been engaged in a constant battle against dampness that creeps into my flat as monsoon season seems to be lasting a while this year. At other times, my mind and efforts are preoccupied in fighting the various technical hurdles that stymie the documentation of labour migration cases.

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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Bethlehem Daniel - Blog 2: Supermarketization & Food Insecurity: The Displacement of Informal Markets in the Philippines (ES)

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This is a blog about my experience with grocery shopping in Quezon City, the convenience and proliferation of supermarkets and the inevitable implications on food security of the country's poor and farming households.

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Danielle Leblanc-Cyr - Blog 2: Smog, Skin and Settling In (ES)

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It’s all too easy to take for granted the everyday amenities that life in Canada has to offer. Some might say that drinkable (not to mention delicious, pure and clean) tap water, abundant trees and adequate (nay, exceptional) sanitation regulations are boring. I would challenge those who lack appreciation of these luxuries to consider the world outside of our home and native land of milk and honey maple.

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Sidney Moss - Blog 5: Breaking Bread Part II

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In this post, I delve further into the idea of using food as a means of communication. Additionally, I discuss the usage of food in creating familiarity and connectedness within the discomfort of the unknown. Included are two cultural versions of one of my favourite recipes. 

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Elena Lopez - Blog 5: Commonwealth Connections

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Now that I've returned home to Canada, this blog post addresses why I think it's important to do research outside of Canada, and why I think doing research in other countries can be relevant to our Canadian context. Although my fieldwork has come to an end, my research will continue, and hopefully strengthen the connection between Canada and Malaysia. 

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Emma De Vynck - Blog 6: Considering Education

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One of the resounding chords I hear at the Karenni Social Development Centre is the profound value of quality education. In this blog (attached), I offer some brief background on the education situation on the Thai-Myanmar border and in Karenni State. I then share KSDC student La Pleh's educational journey. 

I also offer some links at the end of the blog to several Myanmar-context education resources. There are some great organizations supporting schools like KSDC with curriculum, training, and more. 

 

 

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Charli Mohammed - Blog 4: The role of the media in shaping perceptions of foreign domestic workers

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In Singapore, the media has a very important role in manufacturing perceptions of foreign workers. In the past three months I have witnessed how the media can shape local perceptions of foreign domestic workers, such as news reports of incidences where domestic workers have murdered employers and vice versa. I have also seen the mental health of domestic workers discussed in the news. These sorts of reports become a part of discussions about domestic workers among the public.

Sophia Mayen - Blog 3: Yokohama Disaster Preparedness Drill

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I had the opportunity to take part and witness the Yokohama Annual Disaster Drill in August. For this blog post I have made an infographic to showcase the event and relate it to what simple things we can do in Victoria to be more prepared in case of an emergency. 

The event was for the local public to engage and learn about disaster preparedness, as well as to facilitate all the different stakeholders for training purposes. The disaster drill began with an earthquake simulation in which everyone was to participate by ducking and covering. Small structures to simulate fallen houses and buildings were used for controlled fires and rescue missions. A multi-story building was used to demonstrate firefighting and a rescue as well.