Stories from the field

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Elly Thompson – Blog 4: Navigating Belonging

The other day, my friend sent me a text asking me to send him pictures of things around Kuala Lumpur that were different from home. I walked around my neighbourhood for a while, going into stores, stopping at different stalls… Continue Reading →

Jennifer Janssen – Blog 5: A home

Towards the end of my internship in Thailand, I started to reflect more and more about what this whole experience means to me. And it all came down to feeling at home – I wanted to explore what home means… Continue Reading →

Caleb Catto – Blog 5: Dear Future Interns

Malaysia’s hot, like bloody HOT, and if you’re anything like me you’ll be sweaty, hot, and uncomfortable all of the time. I’m a mountain kid from the Rockies, where the air is cool and dry. Polar opposites of the humid… Continue Reading →

Charlotte Car – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern

“Six months will fly by!” everyone seemed to be telling me when I disclosed how long I would be moving to Bangkok, Thailand for.  Yeah, yeah, sure it will, I thought. I’ve got six whole months. I can take Thai… Continue Reading →

Keiran Ellis – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern…

Dear Future Intern, Congratulations! You have a wealth of amazing experiences that await you abroad, wherever you may go! Below, I have attached five pieces of advice from my experience in Jakarta. I wish you all the best and good… Continue Reading →

Keiran Ellis – Blog 4: All about Indo! 

I wanted to dedicate a blog post to Indonesia itself– a country not often discussed in conversations back in Canada. When I told my friends and family that I was going to be working in Jakarta, they often asked, “where… Continue Reading →

Isabel Simons – Blog 4: On Locality

Lately I’ve been reflecting a lot about how I relate to Dokhita village, and about Taiye Selasi’s TED Talk, “Don’t ask me where I’m from, ask where I’m a local”. As someone with a healthy antipathy towards the state and… Continue Reading →

Keiran Ellis – Blog 3: Home is Where the People Are

I often find myself waking up to the smell of steamed sweet potatoes, the clamour of construction outside my window, and a glimmer of sunlight peeking through my blinds.  “Keiran! I have made tempeh and fried bananas for you and… Continue Reading →

Caleb Catto – Blog 3: We’re all outsiders

I haven’t fallen in love with Malaysia yet? And I think I know why. I’m an outsider here, and moreover, everyone I know in Malaysia are also outsiders. An outsider surrounded by outsiders. We’re all just in a place between… Continue Reading →

Elly Thompson – Blog 3: Is Unproductivity the New Productivity?

Have you ever found yourself in the early stages of a new friendship or relationship where you’re asking the age-old, interview-like get-to-know-you questions, when you get asked, “what do you like to do in your free time?” Do you, like… Continue Reading →

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