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Kip Jorgensen – Blog 5: Tea stall: Three Perspectives (Part 2)

In this blog  portion of my Capstone project, I analyze the most ubiquitous feature of Dhaka’s urban food system: the tea stall. The tea stall plays a wide variety of roles in Dhaka, ranging from providing low-cost nutrition to contesting the construction and occupation of public space.

Part 2 provides an ethnographic study of the tea stall from 3 perspectives: 1) The Tea Stall (contestation of public space); 2) The Tea Seller (tea selling as a livelihood strategy); and 3) The Tea Drinker (food security and the social practice of ‘adda’.

The written blog component is complimented with the recording of my conversation with Kazi Fatah, program head of BRAC Urban Development Program in my next blog (part 3). 

Kip Jorgensen – Blog 4: Urban metabolisms: Food systems and security in Dhaka

In this blog  portion of my Capstone project, I analyze the most ubiquitous feature of Dhaka’s urban food system: the tea stall. The tea stall plays a wide variety of roles in Dhaka, ranging from providing low-cost nutrition to contesting the construction and occupation of public space.

Part 1 provides an overview of Dhaka’s food system in general, its formal vs. informal nature, and the status of food security in the city. 

The written blog component is complimented with the recording of my conversation with Kazi Fatah, program head of BRAC Urban Development Program. 

Kip Jorgensen – Blog 3: Brief by policy: Constraints of the Climate Assessment Form

In this installment of my Capstone project I present a climate change assessment report for Dhaka, Bangladesh. In addition to examining current and projected climatic change for the megacity, its impacts, and Dhaka’s socio-ecological vulnerability, I call into question the impact that the assessment report’s form has on the information conveyed. 

Kip Jorgensen – Blog 2: Power, Mobility, and Access to the City

In this segment of my Capstone project Iexplore environmentally-induced rural-to-urban migration as a process of urbanization, and how populations’ socio-ecological engagement with the city is structured – focusing specifically on the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. While migrants are frequently disempowered and exploited in urban centres, movement may also allow for adaptation, resistance, and subversion. 

(Note: Please excuse the incongruence between the content and photos, as a number are placeholders due to a disruption in travel/work plans. The new photos and cover will be updated soon). 

Kip Jorgensen – Blog 1: Differing Nature of Dhaka

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.

Kip Jorgensen – Podcast 1: Predeparture Interview with Roxanne Power

In my first podcast for the upcoming 2015 internship placement, Roxanne Power asks me a few questions about myself and my upcoming internship with BRAC, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Roxanne Power – Podcast 1: Interview with Kip Jorgensen

In this first podcast, Kip Jorgensen asks me some questions about my upcoming placement in New Delhi, India with PRIA. Kip will be going to work with BRAC in Dakha, Bangladesh – check out his first podcast to learn more!

Kip Jorgensen – Podcast 3: Basic Bangla

Languages are jealous sovereigns, and passports are rarely allowed for travellers to cross their strictly guarded borders” said Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengal poet and Nobel laureate. Difference in language is one of the most fundamental – a divide which remains unabridged by technology and good intentions. Language is perhaps the greatest obstacle facing a CAPI intern during their placement abroad, posing both practical and existential challenges. As visitors to Bangladesh, these differences affect our daily routines, as well as how we understand, view, and interact with the Bangladeshis who are our hosts, and vice versa. The following podcast and document are an introduction to Bangla – the basics for day to day – as well as some of the language’s history and what it means for the country of Bangladesh. 

Kip Jorgensen – Blog Post 2: Dhaka Megacity: Process and impacts of rapid growth in Bangladesh’s capital

Dhaka is a city bursting at the seams. Every day the city staggers under its own weight; the paralyzed traffic, poor resistance to environmental stresses, and rolling black-outs are daily occurrences. As a visitor one could easily mistake the extreme size and busyness of the city as part of its inherent character. Yet I was surprised to learn that the rapid urbanization and growth of Dhaka, and the ensuing problems, are a relatively recent phenomenon, emerging and intensifying in the last few decades. In the attached document I explore some of the causes and detrimental impacts of Dhaka’s recent explosion in population. Discussing these issues with those who call the city home was the inspiration for this blog post, so I have tried to convey their stories with the inclusion of interviews on how Dhaka has changed and what they believe will be the future impact on their city.

 

Kip Jorgensen – Podcast 2: Ramadan in Bangladesh

In this, my second podcast for the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, I discuss the recently-concluded Holy Month of Ramadan. A time of spiritual re-commitment for Muslims, Ramadan is also a month of community. In this theme I have included portions of conversations shared during Iftar. This podcast will briefly describe the month of Ramadan in Bangladesh, and what it means for a CAPI intern.

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