CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
I currently recruiting research participants for a research project that seeks to examine how elderly Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people use digital communication technologies in handling mutliple and overlapping crises. Below are the information for the CFP. Please share widely. Thank you in advance.
The global pandemic has impacted every aspect of our personal, familial and social life. One of its distinct outcome is the onset of multiple and overlapping crisis - personal difficulties (financial, emotional, physical, and so forth), separation from family members and social networks due to lockdowns and travel bans, digital divide, and many more. As a pilot study of a broader research project, I am currently conducting a research on investigating how elderly Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people in Melbourne, Australia use digital communication technologies in handling multiple and intersecting crises during a pandemic. I am recruiting participants for the research study.
I just recently published a collaborative journal article in the International Journal of Cultural Studies.
I am grateful for this opportunity as I learned so many great lessons along the way. Let me share my experiences.
A few hours to go and a new decade is stepping in. It is quite daunting to think about how time is moving so fast. I can definitely tell. My body is changing. New knowledge and skills are gained. My list of friends is constantly expanding. Existing ties are getting stronger. But more importantly, I am also learning to approach life in a different perspective. First, I have learned to deeply value those people who have always been supporting me, through the brightest and outrageous time in my life. Second, I have also come to terms that one has to find ways in replenishing one’s mind and soul. One thing is certain, one has to trust oneself and continuously foster ties among people, communities and institutions.
Year 2019 is bidding goodbye. Here’s 2020, all set with surprises, walking into my life. I am definitely excited for the coming year. But, I am also thinking about how will I be able to accomplish so many things without breaking myself. In this vein, I choose the word ‘replenish’ to further connect to myself, value self-care, nurture relationships, and be compassionate to others. Before 2019 walk away, let me share my some of my reflections.
I woke up this morning realising that it's already June. I just couldn't believe it. We're actually halfway in the year. I have been so busy this semester too, but also very excited with the progress that I have been making. This semester, I started teaching digital marketing. When I was asked to teach the unit (with my colleagues really believing in my capacity), I did not hesitate and just said a resounding 'yes'. Truth be told, I accepted the teaching responsibility because I know that I have the skills and knowledge. I have an extensive experience in branding, advertising, events management, as well as broadcast media production. Such skills have been complemented by my research capacity in digital media, which also covers a transnational and global context. I have also been learning different digital media tools to make my teaching style so engaging and unique. In fact, last year I began learning so many tools and started practising. Such training has contributed to my strength in teaching digital marketing. Further, teaching digital marketing has been so enjoyable for me because I am able to teach my students how to combine practice and theory - a capacity needed in order to thrive in the work force. I will talk about my experiences and strategies in teaching down the track. But for this post, I just want to start this blog by reflecting on what I have been blessed for the past months. Here we go.
It was not easy to get through 2018. I knew that such challenges will happen anyways. First of all, I was feeling a bit anxious of the fact that my contract in another university was about to end and there’s no any chance that I would get a new contract. At that time, the chance of getting a fixed-term or continuing position was very slim. Second, I was feeling anxious of going back to the Philippines. Thinking of visiting home after being away for 4 ½ years from my homeland was overwhelming. Big changes and adjustments were definitely huge to process. And lastly, I thought that I will face a tidal wave of change, precariousness, and anxieties. Everything was up in air. But the universe got my back. Little did I know, I had so many people - my family, my partner, friends within and beyond academia, and lots of friends – all set to support, guide, care for, and love me.
Objects, flows and a complex time
Three weeks ago I subscribed to an online channel where I can finally watch a wide range of media content from my home country, the Philippines. I was just so excited the moment I played a content - an online news. I then started seeing familiar faces and hearing familiar voices. These people started to occupy the screen of my television. I just thought that the voice of the broadcaster reverberated in the living room of my apartment, or even in a quietness of my neighbourhood. Personally, the sound provided a sense of comfort. I just thought that such familiar voice of a Filipino broadcaster would just suddenly transport me back - imaginatively - to my homeland. It also brought back so many memories of growing up in the Philippines. Nevertheless, the moment of consuming a media content back home essentially provided a unique affective state which I would probably not experience if I am living with my family and friends in the Philippines. Being physically away but at the same time feeling a sense of connectedness was too strong. But more than this, the conflation of the physical and offline world generated disruptive feelings. It even made me think of how my sense of time has become mediated and messy through objects, practices and flows.
Four weeks ago I found myself in Tullamarine airport. It was 6 in the morning. It was a cold day, the usual winter 'feels' in Melbourne. I came back from a vacation in the Philippines. I was there for three weeks. Prior to that I stayed a couple of days in Brunei, a country where I spent more than four years of working in an advertising agency.
Musings and shamelessness
Hola. Hello. Uy. Kamusta?
I've been very busy, as usual, and I haven't had the time to blog. But at least I'm breathing. It's just that juggling research and teaching can be very demanding. This is on top of the gazillion of personal things that I have to do and accomplish as a son, sibling, friend, writer, academic, lover (haha!) and as a superstar (kidding!). Nonetheless, here I am and trying to blog and tell the online world, "I'm alive!"