Hi friends, thanks for visiting! I'm Chris, a graduate student in social work at the University of Victoria with a focus in transnational migration and decolonial theory. If I look familiar, it's because I spent seven months last year in Malaysia on a CAPI placement, and through the Centre's generous support, I'll be returning to Southeast Asia this fall to work on a research project examining the impacts of displacement on youths' sense of identity, culture, and belonging, splitting time between Thailand and Malaysia. Feel free to follow this blog for updates, and don't hesitate to comment or get in touch if you want to hear more about what's happening in the field!
Remember when you went abroad the first time 2007, 17, all gangly limbs and good intentions Remember when you went abroad the second time 2010, 21, all senior swagger and an eye on leaving university behind Remember when you went… Continue Reading →
It’s been just over two months since I returned to Malaysia. In many ways, it feels like I never left. I flew back to Canada in November 2018, and flew back to Malaysia in September 2019. Ten months is not… Continue Reading →
Hello friend, I hope you’re feeling good, or at least good-ish, about the road ahead. It’s quite a grand opportunity to get six months overseas fully funded, let alone school credits, work experience, and some excellent stories to boot. Get… Continue Reading →
What does it mean to go home when home is a place you’ve never been? To see, speak, shop, eat, and be in ways that affirm your Otherness as welcome in a way Home never could, or never has? I’ve… Continue Reading →
Last week, I posted a casual tweet about my fellow CAPI interns/roommates Mackenzie and Charlotte and I having a grand old time in the Maldives, where we had flown from KL to spend our week-long Raya holiday. The same day,… Continue Reading →
Somali poet Warsan Shire once wrote, “no one leaves home unless / home is the mouth of a shark.” She wrote, “you only leave home / when home won’t let you stay.” She wrote, “no one would leave home unless home… Continue Reading →
Hey friends, thanks for clicking! This is just a quick interview I did with my CAPI colleague Liam to share a bit more about who I am (Chris, hi), where I’m going (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and what I’ll be doing… Continue Reading →