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So, Are You Still Asian Enough? Latest Perspectives on Tolerance, Governance & Identity

02/07/2012 By Marco Kusumawijaya

The Japan Foundation, Jakarta
Summitmas 1, Lantai 2-3, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 61-62, Jakarta 12190 – Indonesia Tel. (62-21)520-1266 (Hunting) Fax. (62-21)525-5159


Tuesday June 26th

Dear all

“So, Are You Still Asian Enough? Latest Perspectives on Tolerance, Governance & Identity” – A Conversation with Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP)

Fellows from Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, and the Philippines

Date: 5 July, 2012
Time: 8.30am – 12 noon
Venue: 3rd floor, Japan Foundation, Jakarta
Summitmas 1, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 61-62, Jakarta, 12190

On behalf of the Japan Foundation and the International House of Japan, I warmly invite you to attend this rare and thought-provoking conversation with ALFP Fellows including Goenawan Mohamad (Indonesia, ALFP Fellow 1997), Marco Kusumawijaya (Indonesia, ALFP Fellow 2009), Maria Hartiningsih (Indonesia, ALFP Fellow 2006), Professor Lee Jong Won (Japan/Korea, ALFP Advisor), Ann Lee (Malaysia, ALFP Fellow 2001), Kunda Dixit (Nepal, ALFP Fellow 2006), Karina Africa Bolasco (Philippines, ALFP Fellow 2004) – and Ayu Utami (Indonesia, ALFP Fellow 1999 who is to be confirmed).

Discussants include two young Indonesian filmmakers – Stella Lim, producer of ‘Anak Srikandi’ and Paul Agusta, director of ‘’Parts of the Heart’, among others.

Seats are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Please find attached the full program and speakers details. For more information, please contact Mr. Adhi on +62-(0)21-520-1266, +62-(0)8111-680-824, [email protected], or Ms. Goto on +62-(0)811-951-473, [email protected]

I look forward to seeing you at the Japan Foundation on Thursday 5 July, 2012.

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8:30-9:00: Registration

9:00-9:05: Welcome by Tadashi Ogawa, Director General of Japan Foundation, Jakarta
9:05-9:10: Opening Remarks by Marco Kusumawijaya and Ann Lee
9:10-9:25: Professor Lee Jong Won
9:25-9:35: Kunda Dixit
9:35-9:45: Karina Africa Bolas
9:45-9:55: Goenawan Mohammed
9:55-10:05: Ayu Utami

10:05-10:30: SnackBreak

10:30-10:40: Stella Lim
10:40-10:50: Paul Agusta

10:50-12:00: Q & A

Closing/Refreshments/Media interviews

What is the ALFP?

In 1996, the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation jointly created the ALFP. The Program provides selected leaders in the region with an opportunity to reside for two months at the International House of Japan in Tokyo, and to engage in collaborative and individual research/exchange activities.

Since the initiation of the Program, the ALFP has had five to eight Fellows annually from nearly 15 Asian countries. There are over 90 Fellows now from diverse professional backgrounds, including academia, journalism, publishing, law, education, the arts, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and non-profit activities.

The ALFP seeks to create a close, personal and professional network of public intellectuals in Asia, deeply rooted and committed to civil society beyond their own cultural, disciplinary and geopolitical backgrounds.

Although there are many frameworks in Asia for governmental and semi-governmental dialogue on specific issues, few arenas exist for Asian public intellectuals to interact on long- standing concerns in the region (and beyond) from a holistic perspective. The ALFP, therefore, seeks to be a central voice in creating such a forum. (


1. Kunda Dixit (Nepal, ALFP Fellow, 2006)

Editor, Nepali Times; Publisher, Himalmedia

Mr. Dixit is a well-known Nepali journalist and publisher whose group, Himalmedia, has gained a reputation for professionalism and integrity and has played an important role in upholding press freedom and democracy in Nepal. Having received his M.A. in journalism from Columbia University, he worked for the BBC World Service at the United Nations Headquarters and later served as Asia-Pacific director of the news agency Inter Press Service, based in Manila. While there, Mr. Dixit was involved in reporting and editing stories from the region that were ignored by the mainstream media. He is the author of the book Dateline Earth: Journalism As If the Planet Mattered (Manila: Inter Press Service, 1996), which is used in journalism schools around the world to show students how to write meaningfully on environmental and development issues. He is also a visiting professor at Kathmandu University, where he teaches journalism and communications.

2. Karina Africa Bolasco (Philippines, ALFP Fellow, 2004)

Publisher (Anvil) and Poet

While completing her units in the MA programme in Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines, Ms. Bolasco served as a staff writer for the Minister of Labor and later as a Literature/English Professor at St. Scholastica’s College and Ateneo de Manila University. She has been in book publishing since 1979 and founded and spun off Anvil Publishing, Inc. from the bookstore chain, National Bookstore. Currently, Ms. Bolasco oversees and supervises the entire operations of Anvil, from manuscript development to book production to warehousing and to book promotion, marketing and distribution. Anvil’s range of books stimulates intellectual needs and humanistic concerns through disseminating information on a wide range of themes to various audiences from an educational and identity building perspective. Due to her dedication to enriching public life in the Philippines, she has been a recipient of National Book Awards and Publisher of the Year Awards a number of times. In 1995, she was also cited as one of Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service for Book Publishing and Literacy. Her essays and poetry have been anthologized in books.

3. Goenawan Mohamad (Indonesia, ALFP Fellow, 1997)

Director, Institute for the Study of Free Flow of Information

Mr. Mohamad is a journalist, poet, an art critic, and an activist. He is famous as the founder and editor-in-chief of Tempo Magazine. He is well respected among civil libertarians in Indonesia as a champion and advocate of people’s rights. He has published several volumes of essays and poetry.

4. Maria Hartiningsih (Indonesia, ALFP Fellow, 2006)

Journalist, Daily Newspaper Kompas

Ms. Hartiningsih is a journalist who has been working at Kompas Daily for over 21 years. Her consistent commitment to marginalized groups in society made her the first journalist to be awarded “The Yap Thiam Hien Award for Human Rights Educator.” Previously, she received numerous awards, including one from UNCHS Nairobi, for her reports on homeless people. Having graduated from the Institute of Journalism in Jakarta, Ms. Hartiningsih earned her Master’s Degree in Women Studies at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta. Since 1992, she has been covering international conferences on the environment and development, population, women, children, and other social issues. She also has written essays for various anthologies such as ‘Luka-luka Peradaban (The Wounds of Civilization)’ in the anthology, Gender and Law. Currently she is actively doing fieldwork, and writing in-depth reports on social injustices, with the focus on gender issues in contemporary Indonesia.

5. Marco Kusumawijaya (Indonesia, ALFP Fellow, 2009)

Director, Rujak Centre for Urban Studies

Mr. Kusumawijaya is an architect by training, and has been working as a professional and activist in the fields of architecture, environment, arts, cultural heritage, urban planning and development. He is focusing his thought and practice on a sustainable approach to urbanism and architecture, and the social changes required towards sustainability. He works with both public and private sectors, international and local agencies and NGOs, communities and civil society groups, and is a former Director of the Jakarta Arts Council. His experiences include an award-winning project of community-driven reconstruction of 23 villages in post-tsunami Aceh. He writes for major print media in Jakarta, and contributes to journals and books on urban issues, as well as giving talks on TV and radio. He lectures in diverse fora: public policy workshops, training of civil society activists, universities, and community-initiated advocacies and action planning exercises. In 2001, he started Green Map in Indonesia. He has published three books about architecture and urbanism, and translated one on social entrepreneurship. He is initiating a knowledge/know-how sharing website ( for citizens to build a better Jakarta, his hometown.

6. Ann Lee (Malaysia, ALFP Fellow, 2001)


Ms. Lee is a writer, editor, director, lecturer, and co-founder of Kuali Works theatre, television and publishing. She has written several acclaimed and award-winning plays, performed at such venues at the Asian Monodrama Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. She has worked closely with arts practitioners, organizations and sponsors in Southeast Asia to facilitate a broad arts practice and appreciation. She also writes articles about the arts and current affairs for regional media, as well as short stories and essays as published in 8 March: The Day Malaysia Woke Up (Marshall Cavendish); Body2Body: A Malaysian Queer Anthology (Matahari); New Malaysian Essays: Vol 2 (Matahari); and Sex, Stage & State (Kuali Works). A career in advertising and strategic communications has seen her write campaigns for products and issues ranging from shampoo and shoes to the environment and South Africa’s first democratic elections. She is also former Chairperson of PT Foundation, an HIV/AIDS organization and affiliate of the Malaysian AIDS Council that works with marginalized groups including sex workers and drug users, and immediate past trustee of the Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organisations (APCASO).


7. Lee Jong Won
Professor, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University (Japan/Korea, ALFP Advisor)

Lee Jong Won has been a professor of International Politics at Waseda University, Tokyo since 2012. Before that he was a professor at Rikkyo University. He is a widely published author and has written numerous articles on international politics. He wrote US.-Korean Relations and Japan in East Asia’s Cold War (in Japanese). Among his works in English are: “The Possibility of Regional Security Framework on the Korean Peninsula,” a paper presented at the 2001 Hong Kong Convention of the International Studies Association; “Developments on the Korean Peninsula and in Trilateral Relations” in New Dimensions of China-Japan-U.S. Relations; and “America in Asia at the Turn of the Century,” in Challenges for China-Japan-U.S. cooperation. His articles in Japanese include “Korea in the Postwar East Asian Regional Order” in The Close of the Pacific War; “Japan and the Postwar Asia in Transition” in The History of the Postwar Japan and Its Contemporary Issues; and “Postwar Korean-Japanese Relations and History Education” in Japanese Modern History and History Education. He has received a number of awards including the Foreign Language Book Prize given by the Organization of American Historians, and the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize.

Ayu Utami (Indonesia, ALFP Fellow, 1999) – to be confirmed

Novelist/Journalist; Editor, Kalam

In addition to being one of the editors of Kalam, Ms. Utami is a novelist and a political activist. While working as a reporter for the newsweekly Forum Keadilan (Forum for Justice), she joined other journalists to establish the underground Alliance of Independent
Journalists (AIJ) in 1994. Soon after she began work with the Institute for the Study of Free Flow of Information (ISAI).

Publications include a booklet on the Soeharto family’s wealth. She also received the Best Novel of the year (1998) by the Jakarta Arts Council for her first novel, Saman. She is a prolific writer of essays on popular culture, language and literature.


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