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York Centre for Asian Research Update                        Issue 30, Friday, November 4, 2005


YCISS/YCAR co-sponsor talk by Japanese Ambassador to Canada

The York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS) and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) present His Excellency Sadaaki Numata, Japanese Ambassador to Canada, who will talk on Japan: A Stabilizer in East Asia, on Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 280 York Lanes, York University.

Ambassador Numata graduated in 1966 from Tokyo University with a Bachelor of Laws. Upon joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was sent to University College, Oxford, England, where he obtained his Master of Arts in philosophy, politics and economics. He served in the Japanese Embassy in London from 1968 to '70. From 1970 to '76, he served in the Ministry in Tokyo, dealing with economic cooperation and the North American affairs. In 1976, he was posted to the Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in 1978, he was assigned to the Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he served as the politico-military officer until 1982. Upon his return to Tokyo, he served as Director, First International Organizations (GATT) Division, Economic Affairs Bureau. In 1984, he was appointed Director, Japan-US Security Division, and in 1985, Director, First North America Division, both in the North American Affairs Bureau. In 1987 and '88, he served in Geneva, Switzerland, as Deputy Japanese Representative to the Conference on Disarmament. From 1989 to '91, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, Australia. After serving for three years as Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, he was appointed in 1994 as Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Embassy in London. In 1998 he returned to Tokyo as Foreign Ministry Spokesman/ Director General for Press and Public Information. In February 2000, he was appointed Ambassador to Pakistan, where he served until October 2002. From January 2003 to December 2004, he was Ambassador in charge of Okinawan Affairs.


Centre for Feminist Research hosts conference on racialized gendered identities

Friday November 18, 2004, Founder’s Senior Common Room #305

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Conference Registration and Breakfast

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Welcome – Vijay Agnew

Panel 1: Gender and Faith-Based Arbitration - 10:15 AM. – 1:00 PM  

Speakers
Professor Anver Emon, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Professor Suzanne Drummond, Osgoode Law School, York University
Ms. Niaz Salimi
Discussant: Professor Haideh Moghissi, Atkinson College, York University  
 
Panel 2:
Racism in the Media - 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speakers:
Professor Minelle Mahtani, Department of Geography, University of Toronto
Professor Carol Tator, Department of Anthropology, York University  
Professor Suzie Young, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University


UofT Mississauga presents Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Lecture Series  

November 9, 2005 Lecture
Frantz Grenet: "Religious Diversity among Sogdian Merchants in China (6th c. AD): Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Manichaeism, Hinduism"
University of Toronto St. George campus, Munk Centre 208N, 4 pm
(This lecture is co-sponsored by Central and Inner Asia Studies, the Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, and the Canadian Society for Syrian Studies)

November 14, 2005 Lecture
Nicholas Sims-Williams: "Afghanistan before Islam: Buddhism and other Religions in the Bactrian Documents"
University of Toronto St. George campus, Munk Centre 208N, 4 pm
(This lecture is co-sponsored by Central and Inner Asia Studies, the Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, and the Canadian Society for Syrian Studies)

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University of Toronto Press launches books on Canadian Missionaries Indigenous Peoples and Cross Culture and Faith

The University of Toronto Press invites you to celebrate the publication of two books: Canadian Missionaries Indigenous Peoples (left) edited by Alvyn Austin and Jamie S. Scott and Cross Culture and Faith (right) by Linfu Dong.

The event will take place on Friday, November 25, 2005 from 5-7 pm at the Trinity College, Combination Room, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!


Japan Foundation and Crow's Theatre present "In the Garden, Two Suns"

A play about living after surviving and the rediscovery of the human things that makes a heart do more than beat. Adapted by Governor General's Award Nominee Marjorie Chan with Damien Atkins.

READING DATES

Tuesday, November 8th
7 pm, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Address:  6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
Directions by Bus:  Take the #100 (Flemington) bus from Eglinton or Broadview subway station
RSVP: 416-441-2345

Wednesday, November 9th
11:30 am, York University
Burton Auditorium
4700 Keele Street, Toronto
No reservation required

In the garden, two suns was premiered in 1994 in Tokyo and has been produced countless times in Japan. It was made into a major motion picture which was widely released in Japan and had a screening at the Japan Foundation in Toronto. This acclaimed, touching and at times humorous play has been adapted by the skillful hands of Canadian playwrights Damien Atkins and Marjorie Chan and appeared in Toronto (Jan. 2005) and Ottawa (June 2005) incredible audience response. When is being alive not the same as really living? Set three years after an atomic bomb was dropped in a humble Hiroshima apartment, young Mitsue, a survivor of the atomic blast struggles to come to life again in a domestic story of a young librarian and her father, a ghost who shares her small apartment.  

Part of the Contemporary Japanese Theatre: Dramatic Reading Series. A Crow's Theatre production presented by The Japan Foundation. A play by Hisashi Inoue in English Translation. Original translation by Roger Pulvers. Directed by Jim Millan, Assistant Director by Tanya Smith. Cast: Mitsue, a young librarian: Marjorie Chan. Her father, Takezo: Paul Lee.

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Me and My Shadows will perform the Vietnamese folktale, "Chu Cuoi: The Man on the Moon" this Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1pm at Harbourfront featuring live music by Susiawan on percussion and Balinese gangse. There will be a puppet-making exercise after the show. The event is free to the public. The puppet-making workshop is limited to 30 children so let your kids sign up as soon as you get there. The folktale is beautifully performed with the intricate puppets designed by Susiawan and traditionally made in Bali by a shadow puppet artisan. For more info on the programs and activities of Me and My Shadows, visit their website at www.meandmyshadows.ca. Me and My Shadows is also a member of Creative Access.
 


Canadian Embassy in Bejing invites internship applications

The Canadian Embassy in Beijing is seeking to hire two interns to work on contract in the Political/Economic section, which is responsible for managing Canada's overall political bilateral relations with China. The internships will run from January 6, 2006 to July 7, 2006.

Work Statement: The successful applicants will work closely with Political/Economic section officers on research into China's domestic or foreign policy issues, on special projects, and on organizing high-level visits. Interns may be required to prepare press scans or reports on press conferences. Through the internship, the successful candidates will acquire an in-depth understanding of the functioning of an Embassy and how Canada's diplomacy is put into practice. Please note that interns will be working on political/social/economic issues, and NOT on business, commercial or trade related matters.

Qualifications:

-Canadian citizen able to relocate to Beijing

-a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or International Relations, or in any other field related to the work of the Political/Economic section. (Preference may be given to candidates at the graduate level.); demonstrated interest in China's political and/or economic affairs

-Excellent writing skills in English or French; knowledge of written and/or spoken Mandarin is an asset.

Remuneration:

Interns will receive an honorarium of RMB 51,350 for the January 6, 2006 to July 7, 2006 period.  The honorarium will be paid in instalments, subject to completion of the assignments specified in the letter of agreement between the intern and the Embassy. Interns will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, housing, living expenses, including any costs associated with their relocation to Beijing. In accordance with Government of Canada policy, interns -as contractors- will not be eligible for benefits such as statutory holiday, overtime compensation, sick leave, etc.

Application Process:

Please send a Curriculum Vitae along with a one page letter stating why you are interested in this internship contract and why you would make a good intern. Please ensure that you provide appropriate contact information so that you can be easily reached (email, phone, mobile, etc) Applications should arrive no later than midnight (Beijing time) on November 20, 2005, by email, fax or mail to:

Personnel Section, Canadian Embassy, 19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R.C. 100600, Fax: (86 10) 6532-4311 email: bejing-ap@international.gc.ca.


Thailand-Malaysia diplomatic row tests ASEAN solidarity - Asia Pacific Bulletin

The continued Muslim insurgency in Southern Thailand is placing a strain not only on the Thai government, but on one of the most fundamental tenets of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN). When the then-five founding ASEAN members met for the first time in Bali in February 1976, they spelled out the principles that would govern the organization, of which non-interference in the internal affairs of one another was a cornerstone. Yet as Thai Muslims illegally crossed into Malaysia to flee violence and Kuala Lumpur sent armoured vehicles to patrol the border, solidarity between these two ASEAN neighbours appeared to be faltering. If diplomatic tensions persist, and the Muslim unrest further spills across the Thai-Malaysian border, ASEAN's broader security and economic interests could well come into conflict with its tradition of non-interference. More >>


York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR). For further information, contact ycar@yorku.ca. Ste. 270 York Lanes, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON  M3J 1P3. URL: www.yorku.ca/ycar.