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Songkrant Pongboonjun – Blog 2: Academia and Social Change

Introduction After spending two years as a Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship – Advanced Scholar (QES-AS Scholar) at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and a doctoral researcher in the Law and Society Program in the Faculty of… Continue Reading →

Ratana Ly – Blog 3: Fieldwork journey: Construction sector

Today is a warm, summer day in Victoria. Looking out my room’s window, small birds sometimes fly from one tree branch to another, making chirping noises. It is a calm environment to review and reflect on my fieldwork in Cambodia… Continue Reading →

Songkrant Pongboonjun – Blog 1: A Year of Growing at the University of Victoria

Arrival in Canada On September 6, 2018, my family from Thailand (my wife, my two daughters— 4 and 7 years old— and I) landed in Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada with full excitement. It is the first time that… Continue Reading →

Olvie Li – Blog 4: Coming Home

Coming home is: sexuality, democracy, and positionality. To my mother’s dismay, I am not talking about returning home to Canada/Turtle Island/whatever you name that land, between the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans, that was stolen from Indigenous Peoples since colonial… Continue Reading →

Ratana Ly – Blog 2: Cambodia, Community Fishery, Challenges, and Hope

It was a warm afternoon, in early August when we started our journey to a Community Fishery, in Battambong, Cambodia. Prior to this field visit, a colleague and myself exchanged knowledge on human rights, especially on the rights to food,… Continue Reading →

Jemma Kosalko – Blog 3: Layers and Connections

Small pieces of my time in Jakarta as-of-late.

Tracy Hampton – Blog 3: What I Didn’t Do

We are halfway there and all of my expectations have been shattered. This is where the learning begins. It is important to put yourself out there, it is important to put your all into the work you do, but it… Continue Reading →

Tracy Hampton – Blog 2: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be about 140 million climate migrants. As the average temperature increases and the sea levels rise, coastal cities and communities will no longer be liveable and the frequency and intensity of drought… Continue Reading →

Olvie Li – Blog 2: Rituals, Relationships, Restrictions

“Don’t ask me where I’m from, ask where I’m a local” – Taiye Selasi. (According to Taiye Selasi, locality translates into: “your rituals, relationships, restrictions”. In other words, your daily routine, the people closest to you, and external or internal… Continue Reading →

Supriya Routh – Blog 2: “Uncle Ho” Remained Elusive

Academics will dread what I am about to say, that, superficial observations too have some value as I am going to offer my “first glimpse” of Hanoi gained in the first 24 hours of my arrival to this charming city… Continue Reading →

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