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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. 

Taiwo Afolabi - Blog 1: Introductory Podcast

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In this self-introductory podcast, Taiwo Afolabi, a QES scholar at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), University of Victoria, speaks on his research that he will be undertaking for the upcoming year.

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Jeanique Tucker - Blog 1: Introduction

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Hi, I am Jeanique and I am one of CAPI's new incoming scholars.  In this podcast I say a little about myself and my background, as well as about my research. Hope you enjoy!

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Janice Dowson - Blog 5: Women's Day - 20,000 Women Knocking

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Janice Dowson

5 September 2016

Victoria, B.C.

Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Institute

20,000 Women Knocking: National Women's Day, 9 August

This blog explores the 1956 Women's March, where 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to deliver a petition. Further, it discusses the strides for women's equality since the 1994 democratic transition and the annual public holiday: Women's Day. 

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Joel Toorenburgh - Blog 4: The Voice

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"There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
"I feel this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong."
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What's right for you--just listen to