The Illiberalism of Japan’s Detention Policies: an Interview with Professor Takamura

By Joy Kwak Detention Centers In an increasingly globalized world with rising protectionist and nationalist attitudes, many countries are confronting migrant workers, immigrants and refugees with restrictive and illiberal policies in order to limit immigration. These measures, however, are also combined with detentainment policies. A highly contested topic, detention is meant to be “an administrative measure to ensure that migrants cannot abscond while preparation for … Continue reading The Illiberalism of Japan’s Detention Policies: an Interview with Professor Takamura

Renewable Energy Investment: How Southeast Asia is Mitigating Climate Change

By Bérénice Collignon Renewable Energy Investment in Southeast Asia  Climate change has become the number one priority in this new decade. Research and investment in renewable energy is commonly seen as a viable path to combatting this issue. The release of greenhouse gases, polluting emissions, as well as the environmental destruction associated with the extraction of non-renewable energies, are all consequences of the unsustainable practices … Continue reading Renewable Energy Investment: How Southeast Asia is Mitigating Climate Change

Was China’s Communist Revolution a Women’s Revolution?

By Bérénice Collignon On November 9th, the McGill University chapter of Global China Connection, held a discussion panel titled “What is behind China’s 70th anniversary?”. As a McGill student association, it aims to promote cultural and business exchanges between students through various types of events. At this panel, Dr. Gal Gvili, a professor of East Asian Studies at McGill University, discussed the changes brought by … Continue reading Was China’s Communist Revolution a Women’s Revolution?

Coronavirus Outbreak: Discussing the Effectiveness of the Chinese Government’s Response

By Enkhuun Byambadorj Fear and panic engulfed China’s usually vibrant and thunderous New Year festivities, as the country was faced with the outbreak of a novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, the capital of Hubei province. December 8th, 2019 witnessed the first death of a patient with unknown etiology among 41 others who had been admitted to Wuhan hospitals with similar conditions. Since then, the … Continue reading Coronavirus Outbreak: Discussing the Effectiveness of the Chinese Government’s Response

Language as a Weapon of Imperialism: A Comparative Case Study Between Canada and Korea

By Laurence Campanella and Joy Kwak “Language is not just a social phenomenon but also a materialized tool that is used to legitimize one’s socioeconomic class, political status, racial and ethnic identities, and gender.”  – Jina E. Kim A close examination of countries who have undergone the painful, often destructive process of imperialism shows that there is no single tactic employed by the colonizer – … Continue reading Language as a Weapon of Imperialism: A Comparative Case Study Between Canada and Korea

David Malpass at McGill: An Uncertain Future For the World Bank?

By Ariana Castillon On October 7th, McGill was chosen by the World Bank to host the first major policy signaling-address of its new President, David Malpass. Ahead of his afternoon speech in Pollock Hall, Malpass held a Q&A session with thirty students from across the Arts, Management, and Science faculties. While they were given the opportunity to ask him questions about his plans for the … Continue reading David Malpass at McGill: An Uncertain Future For the World Bank?

Discontent in Hong Kong – Breakdown of the Protests Featuring an Interview with Action Free Hong Kong Montreal

By Bérénice Collignon This global trade hub is currently demonstrating its concern and anger regarding its current social state and political standing. Background For 156 years, Hong Kong has been a part of the British Empire. Its sovereignty was eventually passed to the People’s Republic of China on the 1st of July 1997 with one condition: that the region would still possess its autonomy for … Continue reading Discontent in Hong Kong – Breakdown of the Protests Featuring an Interview with Action Free Hong Kong Montreal

Mongolia’s Raw Coal Ban Promises Results… But What Kind of Results?

By Enkhuun Byambadorj This is a story of development – the aid-dependent economy, deep public mistrust in the government, rapid urban migration, and a silent plague that blankets the sky in the cold winter months. For the 1.5 million people living in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, the -40°C winters bring with them air pollution levels comparable to, and sometimes surpassing, much larger cities such as … Continue reading Mongolia’s Raw Coal Ban Promises Results… But What Kind of Results?

Interview with Xiying Xu

By The Catalyst Editorial Board. Our team organized an interview with Xiying Xu who is currently living in Waterloo about her article “Butterfly(2004) and Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Collective Movements” which will be featured in the Spring edition of Chrysalis. In her article, she compares the movie Butterflyto Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy movements.  Xiying recently graduated from McGill’s English undergraduate program with a focus on Cultural Studies from … Continue reading Interview with Xiying Xu

Interview with Suzanne Bonfils

By The Catalyst Editorial Board. Catalyst interviewed Suzanne Bonfils to discuss her upcoming article “China and the North Korean Refugee Crisis: State Sovereignty and the Dangers of ‘Strategic Ambivalence’” in Chrysalis. Her article addresses the strategic ambivalence of China towards North Korea, which has affected the North Korean refugee crisis greatly. If you are interested in her article, you can watch her thesis video, where … Continue reading Interview with Suzanne Bonfils