Asian Institute successfully launched inaugural Asian Foodprints

May 5, 2009

The Asian Institute at the University of Toronto hosted its inaugural conference on Asian Foodprints on Friday, May 1. This year’s focus was China and Hong Kong.

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Canadian Premiere of “Flowers in the Sky” with filmmaker in attendance

April 17, 2009

The Centre for South Asian Studies has invited award-winning Prasanna Vithanage, one of Sri Lanka’s most notable filmmakers, to screen his latest film currently touring the festival circuit and will be released into Sri Lankan cinemas in July 2009.

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South Asian Studies moves to the Munk Centre

April 13, 2009

Starting September, there will be a shift in priorities for the undergraduate program in South Asian Studies. “This is a good time to rethink what we want the program to do,” said Chelva Kanaganayakam, director of the Centre for South Asia Studies.

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Tamil support out in the open

April 7, 2009

“The politics of blame never resolved anything.” University of Toronto English professor and director of the Centre for South Asian Studies, Chelva Kanaganayakam, is among a group of non-political voices searching for a genuine solution.

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Field school augments classroom theories for undergraduates

March 5, 2009

In a ten-day excursion led by Stephen Trott and Kunhee Park, Asia Pacific students were hosted by Seoul National University, Ewha, Korea University, think-tanks and civil society during Reading Week. A presentation of their observations is forthcoming.

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Grad student spends summer coordinating programs for Sichuan quake sites

September 1, 2008

Sherlyn Hu, graduate student of the Asia Pacific Studies program and Faculty of Social Work, coordinated the production and delivery of online trauma counseling training modules for a mental health professional training program held at Chengdu, Sichuan.

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Indonesia field school pilot project

August 18, 2008

In May, Professor Joshua Barker accompanied 14 graduate and undergraduate students to Indonesia for an inaugural field course about planning and development in an Asian megacity. The pilot was a great success and will likely be repeated in the future.

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Asia Pacific Reader received over 180,000 hits

July 22, 2008

An e-journal led by Asian Institute’s students, Asia Pacific Reader, officially received over 180,000 hits since its launch less than two year ago on October, 2006. Hits came from more than 60 countries, from every continent except perhaps Antarctica.

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Classic kung fu film screening with live appearance by Gordon Liu

July 16, 2008

One of Hong Kong’s most famous action stars, Gordon Liu has appeared in at least 47 films from 1974 to 1994, including Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2. Asian Institute cosponsors free screening of “Heroes of the East” on July 19 at Innis Town Hall.

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New garden dedicated to Vivienne Poy

June 23, 2008

Chancellor Emerita Vivienne Poy was recognized June 23 for her years of service to the University of Toronto with a garden dedicated in her name, along with a plaque at the chancellor’s entrance to Convocation Hall.

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