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Thanh Phan – Blog 1: A virtual academic experience

My QES-AS scholarship term started amidst the pandemic when Canada and some parts of Asia were experiencing a “new normal” during which teleconference emerged as an effective way for scholars to implement their research with colleagues. The COVID-19 pandemic brought… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Ratana Ly – Blog 1: Spiritual beliefs and Cambodia

I revisited my spiritual beliefs during the fieldwork in Cambodia last summer. Shortly before I took the bus alone from the capital to Kratie province to conduct the fieldwork, a friend attempted to amuse me with a “real” ghost tale…. Continue Reading →

Nima Dorji – Blog 1: From the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to Victoria

While I was trying to write this blog post, on the one part, I was actively following the third round of Bhutan’s national election that is underway marking ten years of successful democracy in Bhutan. On the other part, I… Continue Reading →

Pooja Parmar – Blog 1: Moving Texts

Texts, documents, and the written word have featured prominently in my conversations in Bhutan over the last three weeks. A comprehensive text on the laws of property would, for example, make the teaching and learning of property law easier in… Continue Reading →

Sunayana Ganguly – Blog 1: The Fruit that is a flower – musings on going native in Victoria

When I was leaving for Victoria, a friend told me “nowhere have I seen Nature and urban life come together as beautifully as in British Columbia.” I was also told to “carry a bell if you walk in the woods”… Continue Reading →

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