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York Centre for Asian Research Updates                    Issue 66, Friday, November 3, 2006

In this issue

Academic/Cultural Events

 November slates various academic/cultural activities at York and elsewhere
  Conference Workshops  York holds Mongolia Day on November 10

Research Job Postings

 CIAR seeks Advancement Researcher for its office in Toronto

Internship Competitions

 Canadian Embassy in Beijing opens up internship opportunities

Asia News Analysis

 Canada in Asia, Degrees of Neglect: What about Southeast Asia?

YCAR Brownbag by Habib Rahman on Leadership Challenges of Policy Implementation in the South Pacific
Monday, November 6, 12-1:30pm York Lanes 270B

Abstract: In the South Pacific community, public policies are adopted following long struggles in agenda setting and decision making; however some policy decisions miserably fail during the implementation stage. The failure in policy implementation occurs in several ways.  Key interest groups may out rightly defy a policy.  There may be other actors in the policy process who may work to delay implementation through various means, with the intention of weakening the policy initiative. In the face of such stumbling blocks, many well-thought reforms have been scuttled or their impact diluted.  But the central reason for policy failure is the crisis in political and management leadership in overcoming resistance and rejection and in facilitating cooperation and compliance among the actors and stakeholders concerned.  This study will examine the key challenges in policy implementation in the South Pacific with a focus on Fiji Islands.  The paper provokes discourse around best and bad practices with a purpose to minimize harmful policy decisions by stimulating leadership role in understanding needs and assets of communities and adopt good management practices to effectively drive policy efforts.  Mohammad Habibur Rahman is YCAR Research Associate and formerly a fellow/senior lecturer at the Department of Management & Public Administration at University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands. He can be contacted at, x 44067.

Challenging the HIV/AIDS Paradigm: Perspectives from Global North and Global South - Panel Discussion
Wednesday, November 8, 2:30-4:30pm, York Lanes 305

Global VillageThe Colloquium on the Global South announces a panel and discussion on "Challenging the HIV/AIDS Paradigm: Perspectives from the Global North and Global South". Wednesday November 8(2:30-4:30 pm), at 305 York Lanes. Chair & Organizer: Penny Van Esterik (Anthropology). Panelists: Rebecca Rogerson (Interdisciplinary Studies), Eric Mykhalovskiy, (Sociology), Tamara Daly (School of Health Policy and Management, on behalf of co-researchers Julie Maggi and Mark Halman, St. Michael’s Hospital), Penny Van Esterik (Anthropology). Photo credit: Lise Beaudry, IAS.

The International AIDS Conference in Toronto (August 2006) brought together specialists with a diversity of positions on HIV/AIDS. That event, and an earlier conference on Gender, Child Survival and HIV/AIDS: From Evidence to Policy at York University (May 2006), underscored the differences in the way the disease is perceived and addressed in the Global North and the Global South. In this panel, researchers currently working on HIV/AIDS from different disciplinary perspectives share results from ongoing projects. Presentations raise questions about connections and disconnections between the Global North and the Global South in approaches to prevention, treatment and policy. How does the existence of HIV/AIDS intersect with broader questions about gender, poverty and power, and with research agendas in health policy, international development, and economic change?  For more info, visit the UCGS website at or contact Joelle Reid, UCGS Coordinator at

Me and My Shadows will perform with musician Jason Kenemy at the Planet in Focus (environmental film fest) on Saturday, Nov. 4th, 11:30am at Innis College, University of Toronto, Rm 312 followed by a puppet-making workshop!

For more info, contact Susan Allen at or visit their website at, tel 416.654.1697. 

OMNI TV presents The Black Bearded Barbarian of Taiwan - a documentary film about the life and legacy of George Leslie Mackay

Mandarin, Saturday, November 4 at 8 pm
English, Saturday, November 25 at 7 pm

The documentary film presents a unique and uplifting saga of Canadian missionary George Leslie Mackay on the island of Taiwan, an uninvited intruder who overcame isolation and prejudice to become a beloved native son of an utterly foreign land. Filmed on location in the spectacular mountain scenery of Taiwan, the 60-minute film features dramatic re-enactments of Mackay’s life and career, rare archival images, interviews with leading experts on Mackay’s role in church, Chinese and Canadian history, and visits to the educational and medical institutions founded by Mackay in the 19th century that still play a pivotal role in Taiwanese society today. Produced and directed by Susan Papp and written by Allen Abel, “The Black-Bearded Barbarian” is a sensitive and compelling portrait of a man, an era, and the birth of what it means to be Canadian in a vast and challenging world (OMNI TV-II, Rogers Cable Channel 14).

Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) Information Session, November 16, 3-4pm at 270 York Lanes

An information session on the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) will be held on Thursday, November 16 from 3-4 pm at YCAR at 270 York Lanes. Those interested in knowing more about the program and the details of the core course are welcome to attend. Enrolment forms are available online at

The Modern Evolution of Shanghai, Friday, November 17, Room 204, YorkU Scott Library, 9:30-3:30 pm

10:00  Meng Yue, University of Toronto, "Shanghai and Edges of Empires: The Repositioning of Chinese Cosmopolitanism, 1800-1927"

Joshua A. Fogel. York University, "The Voyage of the Senzaimaru to Shanghai (1862) and the Revival of Sino-Japanese Relations"

2:00 Christian Henriot, Universite de Lyon, "Virtual Shanghai: Exploring New Ways in Urban History"

Everyone welcome to attend and participate! Please contact Canada Research Chair (CRC)/Professor of Modern Chinese History, Dr. Joshua Fogel at (Photo credit: Shanghai-ed/SinoMedia Ltd, Shanghai).

The Oligarchy and Continuing Philippine Human Rights Crises
Monday, November 27, 4-7pm, Rm 208N, Munk Centre for International Studies/UofT, 1 Devonshire Place

Asian Institute in association with Rizal Society of Ontario, Filipino Students Association at UofT and York and YCAR presents an open forum/book signing on Dr. Dante Simbulan's book relating to the Philippine oligarchy and continuing human rights crises in the country (Photo credit: Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA).

DANTE C. SIMBULAN earned his doctorate in Political Science from the Australian National University. He taught Politics, Government and Sociology at the University of the Philippines, Ateneo, Maryknoll, and the Philippine Military Academy. He was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines when Martial Law was declared by Ferdinand Marcos. Dr. Simbulan was arrested and detained for two-and-a half years without charges and adopted as a "prisoner of conscience" by Amnesty International and other international human rights groups. While in exile, he taught at Montgomery College, Maryland and lectured at several universities in the U.S. and Canada. He served as the first executive director of the Church Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (based in Washington, D.C.) that worked for the termination of US military and economic support to the Marcos dictatorship. Dr. Simbulan will be on hand to sign copies of The Modern Principalia, Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy, his finally published 1963 watershed thesis on the 20th century Philippine ruling elite which influenced two generations of Filipino political activists.

York holds Mongolia Day on November 10

Feature Pic CaptionSeven-hundred and seventy-nine years after the death of founder of modern Mongolia Chinggis Khan, York is holding Mongolia Day – a chance to celebrate and reflect on the influence of the great Khan, as well as on sustainability in contemporary Mongolia, and York’s connections to the National University of Mongolia (NUM). All members of the York community are invited to attend the two sessions on Friday, November 10, 2006. (Photo credit: UNFPA Mongolia).

Special guests Dugerjav Gotov, Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada, and Tserensodnom Gantsog, President National University of Mongolia will speak at the opening session at 10:30 am in room 280 York Lanes, after an introduction by Adrian Shubert, Associate Vice-President International. A collaborative agreement was signed between York University and the National University of Mongolia in October 2005 and the two institutions have taken part in a number of activities already. NUM and other Mongolian institutions have sent thirty professors in English to participate in courses at the York University English Language Institute (YUELI). Also, a staff exchange between the international offices of the two institutions has taken place, and plans are underway for future proposals in education and public policy.

Another result of York’s collaborations with NUM will be featured in the remainder of the 10:30 am session of Mongolia Day. Dawn Bazely, Director, Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, and Gail Fraser, Faculty of Environmental Studies, will present on their participation in the CIDA/AUCC Students for Development University Team Project (previously known as the Canada Corps University Partnership Program). Their project, “Sustaining Water in Mongolia: A Human Security Approach for Good Governance” (SWiM) brought York students and faculty together with students from the National University of Mongolia for fieldwork in Mongolia, as well as bringing NUM faculty to York to learn about the complexities of water governance in Canada.

In the afternoon, a second session will take place at 2:30 pm in room 106 Accolade West, featuring a lecture by Edward J. Vajda, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Western Washington University (WWU). WWU is located in Bellingham, Washington State. Vajda teaches Russian, Eurasian and East Asian Studies, and Linguistics and speaks nearly 20 languages. He will present a lecture called “Chinggis Khan and World History”. Both sessions are free and open to all, and will provide a great opportunity to learn more about Mongolia and Central Asian history, as well as York’s connections in Mongolia. The afternoon lecture by Vajda is sponsored by the Department of History, Faculty of Arts.

Contact Jean Levy x66967 or Sharon Sammy x44093 or visit York International website at ALL WELCOME!

CIAR seeks Advancement Researcher for its office in Toronto

Decorative PictureThe Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) has been fuelling Canada’s knowledge base for over two decades, allowing Canada to think ahead, not follow the rest of the world in the development of new technologies and insights. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Advancement, the Advancement Researcher is responsible for the overall research function of the Institute.

Key Responsibilities: Perform in-depth biographical, business, and financial research on individuals, corporations and foundations; Synthesize data into research profiles, to be used by CIAR staff, Chairman of the Board, and other volunteers; Proactively identify potential prospects using a qualification process and determine potential gift capacity; Maintain prospect lists and charts and respond to various research requests from CIAR staff and volunteers; Update and maintain database records and daily review of newspapers, magazine and other electronic sources; Create a weekly news media clipping service and other news services on a regular basis to distribute to staff; Assist with preparation of materials for volunteer committee meetings and with stewardship initiatives as required.

If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume by Mail, E-Mail or Fax on or before November 8, 2006. Contact: Advancement & Communications Administrator, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 180 Dundas Street West Suite 1400 Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8   Fax: (416) 971-6169 Email: For more information visit:

York invites applications for YCAR Director effective July 2007

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Director of the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), for a term of three to five years, to begin July 1, 2007. YCAR was created in 2002 to enhance understanding of Asia and Asian diasporas. Its goal is to raise the profile of research and education about Asia and Asian diasporas through research, lectures, workshops, and other public events. It also supports scholars, community groups, and other organizations working to improve social justice and welfare in Asia and among Asian communities. YCAR serves as a centre of information about Asia and Asian Canadians, both within York University and beyond.

YCAR is an interdisciplinary Organized Research Unit (ORU) within York University. Interdisciplinary ORUs, that bring together researchers from across the university, including social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and the professional schools, are organized under the Office of the Vice-President Research Innovation. Research centres and institutes provide collaborative support to researchers and are a vibrant and important part of the research culture at York.

Applicants are expected to be members of the full-time faculty at York University, and to have a distinguished record of scholarship and interdisciplinary research interests in Asia or Asian diasporas. The Director is expected to administer the financial, organizational and academic activities of the Centre, to develop external funding sources, and to maintain an active individual and collaborative research program. The successful applicant will receive an administrative stipend and the appropriate course load reduction as stipulated by the YUFA Collective Agreement. The Director of the Centre reports to the Associate Vice-President Research (Social Sciences and Humanities). Applications and nominations (including curriculum vitae and the names of three referees who may be contacted) should be sent to Phyllis Lepore Babcock, Executive Officer, Research, Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, 200 York Lanes. Applicants are also asked to submit a statement about their vision for the Centre including goals, objectives, strategy of action and leadership style. Applications and nominations must be received by Monday November 20, 2006.

Canadian Embassy in Beijing opens up internship opportunities

The Embassy of Canada in Beijing is seeking to hire two interns to work on contract in the Political and Economic sections, which are responsible for managing Canada's overall political bilateral relations with China. The internships will run from January 4 to July 4, 2007. Please note that applications must be received no later than midnight Beijing time on November 19, 2006.

Work Statement: The successful applicants will work closely with officers in the Political and Economic Sections in researching China's domestic or foreign policy issues, working on special projects, and organizing high-level visits. Interns will be required to attend and report on regular press briefings, produce press scans, and provide research and background pieces as necessary. Through their 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.

Qualifications: Canadian citizen able to relocate to Beijing. Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be considered; a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or International Relations, or in any other fields related to the work of the Political/Economic sections; 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.

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 19, 2006, by email, fax or mail to: Human Resource Section, Embassy of Canada, 19 Donzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R.C. 100600, Fax: (86 10) 6532-4311, Email:

Canada in Asia, Degrees of Neglect: What about Southeast Asia?, Asia Pacific Foundation Bulletin, November 1, 2006

The resounding message from last week's Asia Pacific Summit 2006 is troubling: Canada is falling behind when it comes to trade and investment in Asia. Competitors such as the US and Australia have outdone Canada and have established a firmer foothold in Asia's growing markets. In contract, Canada is perceived to be "invisible". From a policy perspective, Canada is behind in the race to secure air, taxation, foreign investment protection and free trade agreements (FTAs) with key Asian partners. And that assessment is from Canada's International Trade Minister, David Emerson. While Canada's lack of visibility in Asia may be old news, the Summit highlighted the different degrees of Canada's invisibility. Speakers and participants returned continually to the opportunities and challenges created by the rise of both China and India. But with few exceptions, there was no talk of the potential of Canada-Southeast Asia linkages. More...

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