Latest posts from the Undergrad Research Blogs

24/7 kirtan

I confess that I’m writing this post a few weeks later than I should have. I’m currently in New Delhi, so my usual access to pictures via Canadian television and the internet is severely limited. One of the distinctive markers of growing up with Punjabi culture was the gray or black radio in nearly every… Read more »

A Weekend at a Village

Monday August 11             I have just returned from my last weekend here in Senegal, the best weekend I’ve had on the trip, and one of the most interesting weekends of my life. For the last three days, I accompanied my research assistant, Macodou, to his hometown city, Thiès, and then to his mother’s hometown… Read more »

The Game of Politics. The Hope of Youth.

In my last post, I laid out several challenges I’ve faced in surveying random young people in neighborhoods such as lacking time, willingness, or the appropriate qualifications. After the last couple days of surveying, those still hold true but the positives have become more apparent. More than several times, people have complimented me on the… Read more »

Fieldwork Update: Pikine

MONDAY AUGUST 4 After an additional week of surveying youth in neighborhoods, I have thus far collected 57 responses. The most recent neighborhood I surveyed is Pikine, a sprawling and populous suburb that holds about 800,000 people. Although clearly neglected and desolate in several areas, Pikine also has a charm of youth and community. It… Read more »

a bit about me

I’m back in my apartment in Evanston, slouching more than I should. I leave for a semester in India in a week. My visa is all in order, my flights all booked, and the thing I’m most anxious about is missing football season. But enough about me. My research on the Punjabi YouTubers of Toronto… Read more »

Humble the Poet

Humble the Poet is a Toronto-based hip-hop artist, writer, creative, and elementary school teacher. His mission is to normalize the image of the beard and turban through his output, rapping and writing about life in Toronto, his worldview, and philosophy of Sikhism. He recently released a book titled UnLearn, which is a series of reflections… Read more »

Canada Month

Canada Day is a celebration of the creation of Canada, which occurred on July 1, 1867. Brampton’s seniors, meanwhile, have been celebrating Canada Day for the entire month. These celebrations take place in seniors clubs and public parks, with anywhere from a few dozen to several hundred seniors in attendance. Canada Day celebrations in seniors… Read more »

Fieldwork and Exploration

As of Wednesday July 23rd, I was two weeks out of the hospital, five weeks into my trip, and three weeks away from returning home. It was also my first day of fieldwork! It was the accumulation of six months of preliminary research of Africa and development, two months of composing and constantly editing a… Read more »

peesa peesa

I’d like to step aside from being scholarly for a moment to share how much Punjabis love pizza. I’ve had pizza seven times in the last ten days, some of it cheap fast food, some very good sit-down, and another kind in an entirely different category: Indian pizza. If you’re curious: There’s butter chicken… Read more »