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York Centre for Asian Research Update                               Issue 12, Friday, May 6, 2005

Donor meets first recipient of Albert C. W. Chan fellowship award 

On Friday, April 29, Jimmy K. W. Chan, founder of the Semeiotics Group - Investing in Design and representing his father, Albert C. W. Chan, came to York University to meet Junjia Ye, YCAR's first recipient of the Albert C. W. Chan fellowship award. The fellowship award was established to assist York University graduate students in their conduct of field research in East and Southeast Asia. 

Left: Jimmy Chan and Junjia Ye in a donor-recipient meeting at York Foundation.

Jia is a Master of Arts Candidate at the York University Faculty of Geography who is doing her research on “Multiple Identities in a Transnational Workplace: The Case of Singapore’s Financial Sector.” Her study aims to understand how class identity as a dynamic socio-cultural process intersects with gender, national and racial identities in a non-capitalist way as well as how Singapore's policies related to transnationalizing the labour market are played out in specific workplaces, particularly the financial sector. 

Karen Gordon, Chief Development Officer of the York University Foundation, facilitated the meeting and provided the avenue for YCAR to meet and thank its donor for its research support. This is also the first time that YCAR met its donor, coinciding with the Asian tsunami benefit concert thanksgiving gathering. 

YCAR would like to thank the Albert C. W. Chan family for their support in our programs and activities, the York University Foundation for facilitating and assisting us in our fundraising efforts, and the donors, planning and organizing committee members and volunteers who pledged their support for the Asian tsunami educational support fund.  

More News from Y-File: Chinese university presidents learn from York

Fifty-five university presidents from the Peoples’ Republic of China arrived at York this week to begin courses in the Asian Business Management Program (ABMP) at the York Centre for Asian Research. The presidents, 25 from Sichuan province and 30 from Henan province, were welcomed by Lorna R. Marsden, York president & vice-chancellor, and Rod Webb, York associate vice-president academic, at the TEL Building prior to the beginning of a schedule of lectures and tours.Robb Webb (second from left) in Sichuan, China for the signing agreement.

Right: Rod Webb in Sichuan, China in April 2005 for the signing ceremony of the collaborative training program.

The objective of the training program is to familiarize visitors with the content and structure of Ontario's higher education system. The participants will meet with senior administrators, faculty and students during visits to more than a dozen universities and colleges, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations focusing on postsecondary education. While learning about Ontario, the visiting presidents will also explore linkage agreements and memoranda of understanding for future institutional cooperation.

The ABMP has both domestic and international expertise in providing a wide range of business and management training programmes to Chinese professionals. ABMP training programs ensure contemporary, cutting-edge courses taught in the setting of one of Canada’s top universities. It provides a significant contribution to York University’s academic mission in its facilitation of professional and innovative programs through its association with the Schulich School of Business, the Schulich Executive Education Centre and the York University English Language Institute.

Formerly part of the University of Toronto-York University Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies (JCAPS), the ABMP has been one of Canada’s leaders in Asian research for more than 25 years and was one of the first institutions in Canada to provide training to Chinese professionals.

Schulich Opens Executive Education and Recruiting Centre in Mumbai, India

In April 2005, the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada, announced plans to open a third satellite centre abroad in Mumbai, India. Schulich’s Mumbai Centre will recruit talented students to the School's undergraduate (BBA) and graduate (MBA) programs; assist Schulich students and alumni with career planning and career opportunities in India; provide Executive and Leadership Development programming for Indian executives; and support Schulich's alumni chapters in India. 

In a message on April 28, Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth noted that "the new Mumbai Centre in India will further extend the global footprint of the Schulich School in major markets of the world; the School already has a Beijing Centre in China and a Corporate Governance Centre in Moscow."

Schulich is the most internationally diverse business school in North America, according to the 2005 Financial Times of London MBA Survey of the world’s Top 100 MBA programs. Seventy percent of Schulich’s MBA full-time students hold a passport from a country other than Canada. Schulich’s undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students come from 92 countries around the world, and its graduates work in over 80 countries worldwide.

About Schulich
Known as Canada’s Global Business School™, the Schulich School of Business in Toronto is ranked 22nd in the world by both the Financial Times of London and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the business research and intelligence arm of The Economist magazine, in their most recent annual rankings of the world’s top 100 MBA programs. Schulich is also ranked 14th worldwide in The Wall Street Journal’s “Top International Schools” ranking, and among the top six schools in the world in the field of corporate social responsibility by the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute. Schulich is ranked as one of the top ten schools in the world outside the US by Forbes, The Economist (EIU) and the Financial Times, and number one in Canada by Forbes, The Economist (EIU), The Wall Street Journal, and the World Resources and Aspen Institutes.

Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich offers business programs year-round at two campuses — its new state-of-the-art complex on York University’s main campus and its downtown Miles S. Nadal Management Centre located in the heart of the city’s financial district. Schulich offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and has close to 18,000 alumni working in more than 80 countries. Schulich pioneered Canada’s first International MBA (IMBA) and International BBA (iBBA) degrees, as well as North America’s first ever cross-border executive MBA degree, the Joint Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. The Schulich Executive Education Centre provides executive development programs to more than 10,000 executives in Canada and abroad (Schulich News/Media Release).

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month this May

There are many ways to celebrate the legacy and contributions of Asians in Canadian society. With this in mind, the literary and cultural programs of the Toronto Public Library (TPL) provide a wide array to discover and learn the various facets of Asian heritage. Listen to rhymes, stories and songs in different Asian languages; view award winning films and documentaries of Asian immigrants in Canada; listen to Asian Canadian poets read their latest literary works and poetries; enjoy and watch Asian tales and legends come to life in dynamic dance presentations. For details, visit TPL online at

11th Annual Conference on Central and Inner Asia Studies, May 12-15, University of Toronto

The Eleventh Annual Conference of the Central and Inner Asia Seminar (CIAS 2005) will be held in the Croft Chapter House, University College, University of Toronto on May 12-15, 2005.

The theme this year is "Traders and Trade Routes of Central and Inner Asia: The Silk Road Then and Now". The region has been known throughout history for its trading culture. The "Silk Road", by which goods were transported overland between China and the Mediterranean, is the most famous trade route ever known. However, political conflicts have for many years bedeviled the prosperity of all concerned. As international trade and development return to Central Asia and Mongolia, so also does prosperity and, with it, renewed interest in history and cultural exchange.

Registrations are now open. For a provisional programme, click here On Sunday the 15th, from 9-5, there will be a special session entitled "The Current Situation of the Uyghur People under Chinese Rule". For more information please contact The proceedings of the conference will be published in Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia. Volume 7, the papers from CIAS 2004, will be available in time for this year's conference. For more information, please contact


Brenda Yeoh (National University of Singapore) will be organising a panel on "Transnational Migration and the Social Aspects of Remittances in Southeast Asia" (see panel description below) for SEASREP's 10th anniversary conference, to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 8-9 December 2005.

Transnational Migration and the Social Aspects of Remittances in Southeast Asia 

As transnational migration facilitates the distribution of family members across space, remittance flows often feature as an important link between family members located in both "source" and "destination" countries. The increasing feminisation of migration in Southeast Asia has also led to the growing importance of remittances by female migrants working in the domestic service sector. While there is considerable work on the economic significance of remittance transfers as part of transnational labour migration, less has been done on the social aspects of such transfers. To fill this gap in the literature, papers on the following, in the context of Southeast Asia, are invited for this panel:

a) The social organization of the transfer of earnings from the host countries to the home countries. While it is known that migrant workers have historically depended on informal fund transfer system to remit their earnings from the countries of work to their countries of origin in Asia, more needs to be done to clarify the actual mode of remittance transfer in contemporary Southeast Asia.

b) The social impacts of the use of financial remittances by "left-behind" family members. Although there is a general consensus that remittances constitute a valuable economic contribution to the family, their longer term social effects are contentious. Among the uses of remittances are the fulfillment of basic necessities, investment purposes and the purchase of luxury goods. While a large proportion of remittances are used to sustain basic necessities, the distribution of remittances to other expenses, mitigated by kin obligations, help determine the long-term social benefits to the family. More work also needs to be done on the gender consequences of remittances, for example, on the educational opportunities of male vis-à-vis female siblings.

c) The transfer and impact of social remittances. Migrants do not remit only financial resources or goods, but also ideas and behaviours (e.g. toward democracy, equality, human rights, gender, family relations, community relations, aspiration for social mobility). These social forms of remittances may affect family relations and structures, gender roles, class and race relations, caste hierarchies or political participation. Existing studies on monetary remittances need to be complemented by more research on social transfers of ideas and values.

If you are interested in submitting a paper to this panel, please visit the announcement for the SEASREP conference at Details of the programme and registration as well as instructions how to submit a paper proposal (online) and how to apply for a travel grant from SEASREP are available on the website.

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APERA-ERPP Award for Young Researchers

The Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) has recently announced the APERA-ERPP Award for young researchers. The APERA was established in 2001 to promote the development of educational research and its use in informing policy and practice in the Asia-Pacific region.  Its members include UNESCO-ACEID (Bangkok) and the major educational research institutes and organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Its official journal, Educational Research for Policy and Practice (ERPP, published by Springer in Dordrecht,  The Netherlands) aims to improve education and educational research in Asia and the Pacific by promoting the dissemination of high quality research which addresses key issues in educational policy and practice.

 APERA and ERPP are particularly keen to support young researchers from the region, and help them to publish and disseminate their work.  For this reason, APERA has announced the APERA-ERPP Award for the best article submitted each year by a young researcher (that is, under 35 years) for publication in its journal. The Award will comprise a certificate and AUD$ 500 for researchers coming from a developing country in the Asia-Pacific region, and/ or a certificate and $AUD 200 for researchers from a developed country. 

For submission of articles together with proof of age, please contact the Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Colin N. Power, Graduate School of Education, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia, Phone/Fax: 61 7 37158150, Email: Prospective contributors should submit their manuscripts in English using MS-Word format by email or on a diskette together with four hard copies to the editor-in-chief. Contributions (lead articles, commentaries and debate on key issues, book reviews) may also be requested by the editor-in-chief.

The  total length of articles should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words, including figures, tables and references.  Each article should include on a separate page, an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, and a list of five to ten key words for indexing.  Book reviews and commentaries should normally be approximately 2,000 words.  As manuscripts will receive blind peer reviews, authors’ names, positions, addresses (including telephone, fax and email) and affiliations should appear on a separate covering page. 

For more information about APERA, see and for further guidelines on article submission, see Springer at

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