Latest posts from the Undergrad Research Blogs

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: http://www.popularpizza.ca/. There’s butter chicken… Read more »

Playing the Politics Game with Punjabis

Brampton East is a liberal area. Their biggest issues include immigration policy, the staggering price of car insurance, restrictions placed on basements, and the fact that the 9th largest city in Canada doesn’t have its own university. The surrounding cities, for example, — Malton, Mississauga, etc. — have laws allowing homeowners to rent out their… Read more »

Back to Work

It’s been 8 days since I was discharged from the hospital and I’m feeling almost 100% recovered and back to normal. I can walk around a lot without feeling any pain but I still cannot lift heavy objects or exercise. I get my bandage changed for the wound over my stomach every two days and… Read more »

Big Roadbump: Hospital

(late submission: post written on Tuesday July 7) Late Saturday night around midnight, my abdominal pain suddenly worsened so that it was unbearable. I couldn’t move without experiencing incredibly sharp, heavy pain in my lower abdomen. I had the emergency doctor come to my house and evaluate me, which took about 30 minutes, because of… Read more »

Symbols of Sikhi

I confess that I am not the first person to approach the topic of Punjabi YouTubers. The Globe and Mail published a story on JusReign, Superwoman, and AKakaAMAZING more than two years ago, asking them why comedy and why the Punjabi community in GTA is so open to it. The word “Sikh” is not mentioned… Read more »