Highlighting October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! The purpose is to promote inclusion for people who experience disability and to celebrate the various contributions of workers with disabilities. This annual awareness campaign has occurred within the United States every October since 1945 and has spread and gained attention within Canada among multiple provinces. Within these provinces, businesses and employers are encouraged to participate in the nationwide campaign that brings attention…

Fonts and Writing Systems of the Chinese Language: What Went Wrong in Mulan?

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator As a native Chinese speaker, as much as I want to appreciate Disney’s effort in trying to recreate the story of Mulan, a famous female soldier who symbolizes bravery and loyalty in Chinese literature, the above scene gave me mixed feelings. Upon looking at the inscription on Mulan’s family sword, my feelings might be equivalent to an English speaker watching a period film, where one of the characters opens…

Without Cross-Cultural Competence, This Love Story Would Be Impossible to Tell

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Imagine you were telling someone a story. A fairy tale that involved the love between a knight and a princess. The task might sound fairly easy: A knight saw a princess. He fell in love with her, proposed to her, and they got married. Now imagine you were telling this story to a person who is completely unfamiliar with European culture. The story would be much more difficult to…

The Elephant in the Room

By: Sarah Haque It affects all of us. Public Health Agency of Canada findings indicate that 1 in 3 of us will experience mental illness in our lifetime. So chances are someone we care about might be suffering right now. Today, I want to talk about the importance of being aware of mental health issues in our work lives. Research shows that half a million Canadians miss work every year because of their mental health….

My Thoughts on Meditation

By Latha Sukumar, Executive Director We all hear about the benefits of meditation. I thought I would share my own lived experience practicing for several years. Let me start with what the common myths regarding meditation are: Meditation is concentration Meditation is thought control Meditation is to be done in a certain posture and for hours Meditation running away from problems Meditation is a religious practice But is meditation any of the above? Nor really….

7 Must-Read Books in Translation

By: Sanskriti Ravi, Communications Intern COVID-19 has reshaped our world in many ways and has forced people to spend a lot more time at home. While it has been a difficult transition, it has offered all of us an opportunity to slow down and refocus our attention on hobbies we had become too busy to prioritize; to call friends we haven’t spoken to in a while; to start that fitness journey we had been postponing;…

MCIS Working From Home #WFH

In full cooperation with Canada’s recent policy and in an effort to help lower the number of coronavirus cases, MCIS staff members have been working from home since mid-March. Now that the first two weeks of the new working arrangements have passed, staff at MCIS seem to be adapting well. In addition to regular job duties, daily activities may now involve replying to emails while wrapped in blankets on the couch, snacking, and a general…

Language Access and COVID-19 Information – How’s the World Doing?

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced COVID-19 as a pandemic, the widespread of the novel coronavirus officially became a global issue. As of today, most of the countries in the world have published official instructions on how to self-assess, how to prevent the disease, and what to do if one’s close contacts have tested positive for the virus. Most of these guidelines are written in each country’s official languages. However, the prevention of a…

In Iraq the Victim is Victimized

By: Yasmine Mousa Iraqi protesters have endured so much for the sake of their homeland. Since October 1, 2019, they have been rallying in Tahrir Square, in the heart of Baghdad and southern provinces against 16 years of corruption, unemployment and inefficient public services. The protests later escalated to calls for overthrow of the administration and to stop the Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq’s affairs. The protesters have been gassed, beaten, kidnapped, assassinated, stabbed and shot…

China’s Week-long Debate over Censorship, Literature, and AO3

Author wished to stay anonymous Archive of Our Own, or AO3, is a non-profit publishing platform run by the Organization for Transformative Works to support creative freedom. It supports over 70 languages including English, French, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Esperanto, Korean and Chinese. On Aug. 19, 2019, AO3 won a Hugo Award in the category of Best Related Work for its contribution to literature. On Feb. 29, 2020, China banned access to the website. Here is…