Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

Internship info session January 23rd

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The Huawei Case & Canada-US-China Relations

A CAPI Asia Update January 24th

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Security, Terror and Colonial Modernity

31 Jan 2019 with Eli Jelly-Schapiro (U of South Carolina)

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CAPI is activating a community of young legal scholars

concerned with governance and justice strategies in South and Southeast Asia

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30 years of bridging the Pacific

The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives is located at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Our team conducts research on policy issues and builds relationships with universities and civil society organizations in the region. We hold international conferences and events and act as a resource facility for the university and the wider community on this important and diverse part of the world. Read more.


art-wright_1939-2019.jpgArt Wright, 1939-2019 


It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of long-time CAPI Research Associate Art Wright on January 1st, 2019.

"Art had a long and distinguished career in Canada’s Foreign Service, including in senior CIDA posts, particularly in Africa and Asia in a number of emerging nations and in Ottawa for over 45 years. When I was Director, CAPI appointed Art to our Associate ranks. His listening skills and collegial, collaborative manner were legendary [and he] was very committed to CAPI’s interests. Personally, I can recall asking him to chair various conference sessions to achieve consensual ends with civility. Art and his artist wife Sylvia generously hosted more than a few year-end potlucks for CAPI and friends in their home."

- Bill Neilson, CAPI Director 1992-2004, on Art's passing

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Featured video

A video montage of some of our student interns and partners across the Asia-Pacific and Africa in celebration of our 30th anniversary (thanks to Eli Meadow Ramraj for the editing).
2018 CAPI intern Emily Clare (4th year UVic Child & Youth Care) spent four months with Ukulapha Community Outreach Project in South Africa - this is her "capstone" project
Dennis Gupa is a PhD student with UVic's Applied Theatre Department. Here he reports on his work in his native Philippines, which has been partially supported through a CAPI Student Research Fellowship.
"An Evening of Japanese Animals, Angels, Gods and Puppets" from our recent "Nonhuman in Japanese Culture" conference at UVic featuring Larry Kominz + students from Portland State U and Colleen Lanki of TomoeArts Vancouver.

CAPI photo gallery