About Andreanne:

Profile: I have just completed my M.A. Planning at the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC. I was studying within the comparative development stream and am particularly interested in Asian-Pacific urbanization and migration and redevelopment and revitalization of ethnic neighbourhoods. Not only do I find these fields of study fascinating, I believe there is a lot to be learned by comparing the North American and Asian planning models. I also like learning about the places I live in, or imagine living in one day. I conducted my thesis field research in Indonesia, just outside of Jakarta studying the interactions between the migrant workers and the locals. I also participated in a field study program with the National University of Singapore. During my undergraduate degree in Asian Studies and Sociology (also at UBC) I spent time studying in China. I have also traveled all over China and Southeast Asia. Currently I am working with the City of Vancouver and UBC as lead researcher for a feasibility study on the creation of a historical conservation property trust in Vancouver's Chinatown. When I’m not studying/, which is a lot of the time, I like to be outside or bake :)

Contact: and.doyon@gmail.com



Posts by Andreanne:

Heritage Conservation for Tourism in Malaysia – Is it Possible?

Melaka and George Town were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Thanks to Gary Arndt on Flickr for the Creative Commons photo.

The Malaysian cities of Melaka and George Town have developed over the last 500 years through trading and cultural exchanges between the East and West in the Straits of Malacca. Asian and European influences have given these cities a very specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. Melaka’s government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications represent history from the early Malay sultanate (15th century) and the Portuguese and Dutch periods (16th century). George Town’s residential and commercial buildings represent its British era (18th century). These two cities along the Straits constitute a physical and cultural landscape unparalleled anywhere else in East and … Continue Reading

“Hari Bebas Kendaraan Bermotor!” (Happy Car Free Day)

Jakarta residents celebrate Car Free Jakarta. Thanks to Luluk on Flickr for the great Creative Commons image!

Jakarta residents celebrate Car Free Jakarta. Thanks to Luluk on Flickr for the great Creative Commons image!

In Vancouver, Canada, the 2010 Olympics are taking over more and more of the city in preparation for the official games and festivities. Starting last week, the city began closing roads and beefing up security, with more closures happening as time passes. As much as these obstructions are annoying to residents, in the grand scheme of things, they are publicly accepted and really not that disruptive. This has got me thinking: if Vancouverites are able to live with all these streets and access points blocked off for the next month or so, why … Continue Reading

Sustainable Housing? Charting New Frontiers in Singapore

The issue of homelessness is at the forefront of debates, both formal and informal, and is a reality I see every day in Vancouver, Canada. As the 2010 Olympics start take over the city, many wonder what will happen to the city’s large homeless population.

Housing and Development Board flats in the Little India district of Singapore. Thanks to Linkway88 for the great Creative Commons photo..

Housing and Development Board flats in the Little India district of Singapore. Thanks to Linkway88 for the Creative Commons photo.

In contrast, homelessness is widely believed to be nonexistent in Singapore, a city state in Southeast Asia. More than 85% of the Singaporean population lives in housing subsidized through the Housing and Development Board (HDB), Singapore’s public housing authority. This week, the … Continue Reading