Institute of Asian Research launches Asia Pacific Memo

The Institute of Asian Research (IAR) at UBC has launched Asia Pacific Memo, a new online publication on contemporary Asia.

The current feature story is an IAR seven-part video interview with Nelson Rand, a Canadian journalist in Bangkok covering insurgencies and political protests in Thailand for six years, who was wounded earlier in the summer. Rand is a graduate of the Master of Arts – Asia Pacific Policy Studies program at UBC. 

In the video, Rand discusses who the Red Shirts are, the difficulties in initiating reconciliation following the conflict, and the assistance he received as he recovered from his wounds.

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