Asian Correspondent http://asiancorrespondent.com Asian Correspondent Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:10:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 The most wonderful time of the year http://asiancorrespondent.com/118277/the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/118277/the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 01:02:44 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/118277/the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year/

It’s that time of the term where postgrads are buried in essays, working frantically in the hopes of finishing as much as possible before the holidays arrive. In many ways it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a nice break from seminars while you get to invest yourself in topics that you’re (hopefully) especially keen on while the holiday cheer begins to catch on in the outside world.

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Foundation Day http://asiancorrespondent.com/117870/foundation-day/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/117870/foundation-day/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 06:53:52 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/117870/foundation-day/

As a Senior Member in one of the University of London’s intercollegiate halls, I had the pleasure of being invited to celebrate the 177th anniversary of the University’s foundation at Senate House.As Chancellor of the University of London, Princess Anne began the proceedings with a speech about the achievements of the University over the year, with a particular focus on the success of international programmes. As someone with a great interest in the future of academia, I get weirdly excited about news that the School of Advanced Studies has secured extra funding or that our MOOCs are a great success.In the main event, honorary degrees were conferred upon four exceptional individuals: Camila Batmanghelidjh (the founder of Kids Company, whose work gives children in street gangs a chance to make something of their lives), Frank Gardener (BBC Security Correspondent who bravely continues to report after losing the use of his legs from being shot six times by terrorists), Hilary Mantel (the first double Booker Prize winning author) and Professor Sir John Savill (Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council). Though very different, each of their life stories were truly inspiring.

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Universal Languages http://asiancorrespondent.com/117872/universal-languages/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/117872/universal-languages/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:44:19 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/117872/universal-languages/

Hi there! I’m Justin. I’m a Canadian studying history (of science, technology & medicine) at King’s. This is my first experience living abroad, and I was certainly nervous about transitioning to a new culture in the midst of beginning postgraduate studies. I’ve been in London for nearly three months now, and so far, fortunately, it has proven to be a relatively smooth process.If you know what to look for, there are numerous forms of universal languages that make transitioning to new environments easier.

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British newspaper archives http://asiancorrespondent.com/117570/british-newspaper-archives/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/117570/british-newspaper-archives/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:24:58 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/117570/british-newspaper-archives/

This week saw the start of my run as co-convener of History Lab‘s Methods Workshop, together with the brill Barbara Warnock from Birkbeck. History Lab is run for postgrads by postgrads, and the idea of the Methods Workshop is that attendees get the opportunity to hear from those in the midst of their research, on the way they go about that research.We began with a session on archives, which we held on Monday at Senate House. I live tweeted, and you can find a Storify of my tweets here – they cover hidden archives at Senate House, the use of archives abroad, and the general discussion about archive use which followed.

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DIG http://asiancorrespondent.com/117532/dig/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/117532/dig/#comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:25:01 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/117532/dig/

Again it has been a while since my last post. Life is not affording me much time for blogging and this post will also be a short one. In an interesting turn of events my friends and I have obtained a licence to use a warehouse in Lewisham. DIG has been born

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A cunning plan http://asiancorrespondent.com/117209/a-cunning-plan/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/117209/a-cunning-plan/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 22:45:53 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/117209/a-cunning-plan/

New academic year. New class. No voice.This was the situation I found myself in last Thursday. A week’s worth of a thoroughly unpleasant lurgy was apparently not enough, as I remained an incubus of viral plague. My voice (or lack thereof) fluctuated from sounding as though I had a 50 a day habit, and resembling that of pubescent boy sloping out of choir as it began to break

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A cunning plan http://asiancorrespondent.com/117208/a-cunning-plan/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/117208/a-cunning-plan/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 22:45:53 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/117208/a-cunning-plan/

New academic year. New class. No voice.This was the situation I found myself in last Thursday. A week’s worth of a thoroughly unpleasant lurgy was apparently not enough, as I remained an incubus of viral plague. My voice (or lack thereof) fluctuated from sounding as though I had a 50 a day habit, and resembling that of pubescent boy sloping out of choir as it began to break

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Best friends, Big Meetings, Boat party, and Beginner’s Arabic http://asiancorrespondent.com/117210/best-friends-big-meetings-boat-party-and-beginners-arabic/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/117210/best-friends-big-meetings-boat-party-and-beginners-arabic/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:04:21 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/117210/best-friends-big-meetings-boat-party-and-beginners-arabic/

I have been so busy since I have last written on here as you can see from my terrible alliterative title. One of my friends from home came to visit me which was superb as we did very touristy things I had not yet done such as seeing Versailles – no wonder there was a revolution seeing the ridiculous number of magnificent fountains there are! I have not started teaching yet at Nanterre but I now know exactly what classes I will be giving starting from next week. I found out last week when I also met most of the other lecteurs and lectrices at the same time – there are 16 of us!

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A Room of One’s Own http://asiancorrespondent.com/116479/a-room-of-ones-own/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/116479/a-room-of-ones-own/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:30:11 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/116479/a-room-of-ones-own/

When I first started at King’s a year ago, my enquiries about a postgraduate office/workspace were met with blank stares and mumbles of ‘try the British Library’. I was disappointed as I’ve always had an aversion to working in libraries, especially the silent kind, and I’d been hoping that a workroom would be a space where catching up with colleagues would brighten the otherwise lonely business of doctoral research.Now with our shiny new Virginia Woolf building on Kingsway, I’ve got all I wanted and more. Not only bright, open-plan research space, but a kitchen and comfy sofas too. The best part is that SPLAS now shares this area with the German department. I’ve often said that one of my favourite aspects of the PhD is getting to know other researchers and learning from them.

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Back To Reality… http://asiancorrespondent.com/115602/back-to-reality/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/115602/back-to-reality/#comments Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:55:31 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/115602/back-to-reality/

Every summer, I leave normal life behind for a few months and enter a parallel universe, or at least that’s how it feels working in the Social Programme Office at the English Language Centre at the University of Bath. Having always taken every opportunity to meet people from other countries and learn about their cultures, when a job first came up at the SPO, just as I was finishing my undergraduate degree in Bath, I jumped at the chance to spend all day every day looking after a large and diverse group of international students. I loved it so much that I kept going back every year, and this summer I wasn’t going to let a little thing like my PhD get in the way!Life in the SPO is exciting, although sometimes exhausting, because it’s constantly changing. One day you’re making information packs for 250 new arrivals or dragging their suitcases through the rain to their new dorms, the next you’re leading a giant crowd around Stonehenge.

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This is a cat http://asiancorrespondent.com/116480/this-is-a-cat/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/116480/this-is-a-cat/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2013 02:29:11 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/116480/this-is-a-cat/

You may be wondering why I have titled this post in such a bizarre way. Well, this week I applied and was then interviewed for a job at a company called babylangues. I immediately found out after the interview that I got the job as they were really impressed with my experience working with orphans in Moldova. On friday I met with the other new recruits (all native English speakers) at our training session.So what is babylangues

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All finished and ready to hand in! http://asiancorrespondent.com/115603/all-finished-and-ready-to-hand-in/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/115603/all-finished-and-ready-to-hand-in/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:38:37 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/115603/all-finished-and-ready-to-hand-in/

Just a quick update to let you know that I have finished my dissertation. I’ve submitted it online and all I have to do now is get it bound and hand it in to the office! I also have to finish packing for Paris: I’m leaving in 4 days. I will of course keep you all update on how I am getting on with my job as a lectrice.

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