February 12 , 2014
2013–14 Imaging the Asia Pacific Photo Contest Winners Announced
In fall 2013 the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies announced the second annual Imaging the Asia-Pacific Photo Contest. Open to all students at the University of Toronto, the contest invited entrants to imagine and represent the Asia-Pacific from unique perspectives.
At a reception in early February to celebrate the new year, Dr. David Chu Professor and Director in Asia-Pacific Studies, Takashi Fujitani, announced the winning photos. The Grand Prize was awarded to Glen Chua, a PhD student in Anthropology, for his photograph “School, Pyongyang.” Chua took the photo while in North Korea.
The runner-up photos belong to fourth-year Asia-Pacific Studies student Betty Xie and Collaborative Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies student Hao Wang. Xie’s photo, “Asia is ‘Flat’: The Voyage,” was taken in Hong Kong. Wang’s photo, “The Celebration of My Sorrow,” was taken in Thailand.
The winning photos will be displayed at the Asian Institute and all submissions will be displayed on the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies website. The Chu program plans to continue the photo contest every year and encourages all students at the University of Toronto to consider entering the next contest. Details will be announced in fall 2014.
School, Pyongyang, by Glen Chua. “A schoolboy runs across Kim Il-Sung Square in front of the Grand People’s Study House, Pyongyang, North Korea.”
Asia is ‘Flat’: The Voyage, by Betty Xie. “Where is Asia heading today? We all ask. In this photograph, taken alongside Victoria Harbour at the heart of Hong Kong, a ferry is surely breaking waves of the sea and silence of the night. Yet it does not transcend beyond the fragmented passage of time, readily reflected by the overlapping city light in the background. The ferry is in motion, but time has been suspended. We might ask, by whom?”
The Celebration of My Sorrow, by Hao Wang. “Statues of the God-like King Rama V (Chulalongkorn) and fellow Buddhist saints in Wat Berng Phra Archan, central Thailand.”
February 7 , 2014
Upcoming Information Session: Dr. David Chu Scholarships in Asia-Pacific Studies
We will hold an info session on February 13 for Arts and Science students interested in applying for these travel awards. Register now to secure a space. Learn more.
December 2, 2013
Fundraiser Breakfast Helps Bring Relief to the Philippines
In the spirit of damayan, or “mutual aid in time of need,” the Asian Institute and the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies held a fundraiser breakfast on November 27, 2013, to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Thanks to your support, we are pleased to announce that we raised close to $4,000 in donations, which was matched by the Government of Canada to bring the total to almost $8,000. The proceeds have been donated to the Canadian Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada for Typhoon Haiyan relief.
As the media has reported, sustained winds reached 250 kilometres per hour, and with wind gusts of more than 300 kph, Haiyan was the most powerful tropical cyclone in recorded history to make landfall. It is estimated that the typhoon and its aftermath have affected more than 11 million people and the death toll is mounting. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered directly and their loved ones, many of whom are our neighbours, colleagues, and friends.
October 28, 2013
Richard Fung Retrospective Draws Wide Audience
ReOrientations: A Retrospective on the Works of Richard Fung took place this weekend with great success. The film screenings and talks drew wide audiences from across U of T and beyond. The event closed with a packed screening of Dal Puri Diaspora at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Saturday evening, followed by a celebratory reception at the Munk School of Global Affairs.