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

02/07/2012 By Marco Kusumawijaya

TheJapanFoundation,Jakarta
Summitmas1,Lantai2-3,Jl.Jend.SudirmanKav.61-62,Jakarta12190–IndonesiaTel.(62-21)520-1266(Hunting)Fax.(62-21)525-5159

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TuesdayJune26th

Dearall

“So,AreYouStillAsianEnough?LatestPerspectivesonTolerance,Governance&Identity”–AConversationwithAsiaLeadershipFellowProgram(ALFP)

FellowsfromIndonesia,India,Japan,Malaysia,Nepal,andthePhilippines

Date:5July,2012
Time:8.30am–12noon
Venue:3rdfloor,JapanFoundation,Jakarta
Summitmas1,Jl.Jend.SudirmanKav.61-62,Jakarta,12190

OnbehalfoftheJapanFoundationandtheInternationalHouseofJapan,Iwarmlyinviteyoutoattendthisrareandthought-provokingconversationwithALFPFellowsincludingGoenawanMohamad(Indonesia,ALFPFellow1997),MarcoKusumawijaya(Indonesia,ALFPFellow2009),MariaHartiningsih(Indonesia,ALFPFellow2006),ProfessorLeeJongWon(Japan/Korea,ALFPAdvisor),AnnLee(Malaysia,ALFPFellow2001),KundaDixit(Nepal,ALFPFellow2006),KarinaAfricaBolasco(Philippines,ALFPFellow2004)–andAyuUtami(Indonesia,ALFPFellow1999whoistobeconfirmed).

DiscussantsincludetwoyoungIndonesianfilmmakers–StellaLim,producerof‘AnakSrikandi’andPaulAgusta,directorof‘’PartsoftheHeart’,amongothers.

Seatsarelimitedandonafirstcome,firstservedbasis.

Pleasefindattachedthefullprogramandspeakersdetails.Formoreinformation,pleasecontactMr.Adhion+62-(0)21-520-1266,+62-(0)8111-680-824,[email protected],orMs.Gotoon+62-(0)811-951-473,[email protected]

IlookforwardtoseeingyouattheJapanFoundationonThursday5July,2012.

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PROGRAM

8:30-9:00: Registration

9:00-9:05: WelcomebyTadashiOgawa,DirectorGeneralofJapanFoundation,Jakarta
9:05-9:10: OpeningRemarksbyMarcoKusumawijayaandAnnLee
9:10-9:25: ProfessorLeeJongWon
9:25-9:35: KundaDixit
9:35-9:45: KarinaAfricaBolas
9:45-9:55: GoenawanMohammed
9:55-10:05:AyuUtami

10:05-10:30:SnackBreak

10:30-10:40:StellaLim
10:40-10:50:PaulAgusta

10:50-12:00:Q&A

Closing/Refreshments/Mediainterviews

WhatistheALFP?

In1996,theInternationalHouseofJapanandtheJapanFoundationjointlycreatedtheALFP.TheProgramprovidesselectedleadersintheregionwithanopportunitytoresidefortwomonthsattheInternationalHouseofJapaninTokyo,andtoengageincollaborativeandindividualresearch/exchangeactivities.

SincetheinitiationoftheProgram,theALFPhashadfivetoeightFellowsannuallyfromnearly15Asiancountries.Thereareover90Fellowsnowfromdiverseprofessionalbackgrounds,includingacademia,journalism,publishing,law,education,thearts,NGOs(non-governmentalorganizations),andnon-profitactivities.

TheALFPseekstocreateaclose,personalandprofessionalnetworkofpublicintellectualsinAsia,deeplyrootedandcommittedtocivilsocietybeyondtheirowncultural,disciplinaryandgeopoliticalbackgrounds.

AlthoughtherearemanyframeworksinAsiaforgovernmentalandsemi-governmentaldialogueonspecificissues,fewarenasexistforAsianpublicintellectualstointeractonlong-standingconcernsintheregion(andbeyond)fromaholisticperspective.TheALFP,therefore,seekstobeacentralvoiceincreatingsuchaforum.(http://www.ihouse.or.jp/en/ProgramActivities/alfp/index.htm)

 

ALFPFELLOWS&DISCUSSANTS

1.KundaDixit(Nepal,ALFPFellow,2006)

Editor,NepaliTimes;Publisher,Himalmedia

Mr.Dixitisawell-knownNepalijournalistandpublisherwhosegroup,Himalmedia,hasgainedareputationforprofessionalismandintegrityandhasplayedanimportantroleinupholdingpressfreedomanddemocracyinNepal.HavingreceivedhisM.A.injournalismfromColumbiaUniversity,heworkedfortheBBCWorldServiceattheUnitedNationsHeadquartersandlaterservedasAsia-PacificdirectorofthenewsagencyInterPressService,basedinManila.Whilethere,Mr.Dixitwasinvolvedinreportingandeditingstoriesfromtheregionthatwereignoredbythemainstreammedia.HeistheauthorofthebookDatelineEarth:JournalismAsIfthePlanetMattered(Manila:InterPressService,1996),whichisusedinjournalismschoolsaroundtheworldtoshowstudentshowtowritemeaningfullyonenvironmentalanddevelopmentissues.HeisalsoavisitingprofessoratKathmanduUniversity,whereheteachesjournalismandcommunications.

2.KarinaAfricaBolasco(Philippines,ALFPFellow,2004)

Publisher(Anvil)andPoet

WhilecompletingherunitsintheMAprogrammeinPhilippineStudiesattheUniversityofthePhilippines,Ms.BolascoservedasastaffwriterfortheMinisterofLaborandlaterasaLiterature/EnglishProfessoratSt.Scholastica’sCollegeandAteneodeManilaUniversity.Shehasbeeninbookpublishingsince1979andfoundedandspunoffAnvilPublishing,Inc.fromthebookstorechain,NationalBookstore.Currently,Ms.BolascooverseesandsupervisestheentireoperationsofAnvil,frommanuscriptdevelopmenttobookproductiontowarehousingandtobookpromotion,marketinganddistribution.Anvil’srangeofbooksstimulatesintellectualneedsandhumanisticconcernsthroughdisseminatinginformationonawiderangeofthemestovariousaudiencesfromaneducationalandidentitybuildingperspective.DuetoherdedicationtoenrichingpubliclifeinthePhilippines,shehasbeenarecipientofNationalBookAwardsandPublisheroftheYearAwardsanumberoftimes.In1995,shewasalsocitedasoneofTenOutstandingWomenintheNation’sServiceforBookPublishingandLiteracy.Heressaysandpoetryhavebeenanthologizedinbooks.

3.GoenawanMohamad(Indonesia,ALFPFellow,1997)

Director,InstitutefortheStudyofFreeFlowofInformation

Mr.Mohamadisajournalist,poet,anartcritic,andanactivist.Heisfamousasthefounderandeditor-in-chiefofTempoMagazine.HeiswellrespectedamongcivillibertariansinIndonesiaasachampionandadvocateofpeople’srights.Hehaspublishedseveralvolumesofessaysandpoetry.

4.MariaHartiningsih(Indonesia,ALFPFellow,2006)

Journalist,DailyNewspaperKompas

Ms.HartiningsihisajournalistwhohasbeenworkingatKompasDailyforover21years.Herconsistentcommitmenttomarginalizedgroupsinsocietymadeherthefirstjournalisttobeawarded“TheYapThiamHienAwardforHumanRightsEducator.”Previously,she receivednumerousawards,includingonefromUNCHSNairobi,forherreportsonhomelesspeople.HavinggraduatedfromtheInstituteofJournalisminJakarta,Ms.HartiningsihearnedherMaster’sDegreeinWomenStudiesattheUniversityofIndonesia,Jakarta.Since1992,shehasbeencoveringinternationalconferencesontheenvironmentanddevelopment,population,women,children,andothersocialissues.Shealsohaswrittenessaysforvariousanthologiessuchas‘Luka-lukaPeradaban(TheWoundsofCivilization)’intheanthology,GenderandLaw.Currentlysheisactivelydoingfieldwork,andwritingin-depthreportsonsocialinjustices,withthefocusongenderissuesincontemporaryIndonesia.

5.MarcoKusumawijaya(Indonesia,ALFPFellow,2009)

Director,RujakCentreforUrbanStudies

Mr.Kusumawijayaisanarchitectbytraining,andhasbeenworkingasaprofessionalandactivistinthefieldsofarchitecture,environment,arts,culturalheritage,urbanplanninganddevelopment.Heisfocusinghisthoughtandpracticeonasustainableapproachtourbanismandarchitecture,andthesocialchangesrequiredtowardssustainability.Heworkswithbothpublicandprivatesectors,internationalandlocalagenciesandNGOs,communitiesandcivilsocietygroups,andisaformerDirectoroftheJakartaArtsCouncil.Hisexperiencesincludeanaward-winningprojectofcommunity-drivenreconstructionof23villagesinpost-tsunamiAceh.HewritesformajorprintmediainJakarta,andcontributestojournalsandbooksonurbanissues,aswellasgivingtalksonTVandradio.Helecturesindiversefora:publicpolicyworkshops,trainingofcivilsocietyactivists,universities,andcommunity-initiatedadvocaciesandactionplanningexercises.In2001,hestartedGreenMapinIndonesia.Hehaspublishedthreebooksaboutarchitectureandurbanism,andtranslatedoneonsocialentrepreneurship.Heisinitiatingaknowledge/know-howsharingwebsite(www.rujak.org)forcitizenstobuildabetterJakarta,hishometown.

6.AnnLee(Malaysia,ALFPFellow,2001)

Writer

Ms.Leeisawriter,editor,director,lecturer,andco-founderofKualiWorkstheatre,televisionandpublishing.Shehaswrittenseveralacclaimedandaward-winningplays,performedatsuchvenuesattheAsianMonodramaFestivalandtheNewYorkInternationalFringeFestival.Shehasworkedcloselywithartspractitioners,organizationsandsponsorsinSoutheastAsiatofacilitateabroadartspracticeandappreciation.Shealsowritesarticlesabouttheartsandcurrentaffairsforregionalmedia,aswellasshortstoriesandessaysaspublishedin8March:TheDayMalaysiaWokeUp(MarshallCavendish);Body2Body:AMalaysianQueerAnthology(Matahari);NewMalaysianEssays:Vol2(Matahari);andSex,Stage&State(KualiWorks).AcareerinadvertisingandstrategiccommunicationshasseenherwritecampaignsforproductsandissuesrangingfromshampooandshoestotheenvironmentandSouthAfrica’sfirstdemocraticelections.SheisalsoformerChairpersonofPTFoundation,anHIV/AIDSorganizationandaffiliateoftheMalaysianAIDSCouncilthatworkswithmarginalizedgroupsincludingsexworkersanddrugusers,andimmediatepasttrusteeoftheAsiaPacificCouncilofAIDSServiceOrganisations(APCASO).

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7.LeeJongWon
Professor,GraduateSchoolofAsiaPacificStudies,WasedaUniversity(Japan/Korea,ALFPAdvisor)

LeeJongWonhasbeenaprofessorofInternationalPoliticsatWasedaUniversity,Tokyosince2012.BeforethathewasaprofessoratRikkyoUniversity.Heisawidelypublishedauthorandhaswrittennumerousarticlesoninternationalpolitics.HewroteUS.-KoreanRelationsandJapaninEastAsia’sColdWar(inJapanese).AmonghisworksinEnglishare:“ThePossibilityofRegionalSecurityFrameworkontheKoreanPeninsula,”apaperpresentedatthe2001HongKongConventionoftheInternationalStudiesAssociation;“DevelopmentsontheKoreanPeninsulaandinTrilateralRelations”inNewDimensionsofChina-Japan-U.S.Relations;and“AmericainAsiaattheTurnoftheCentury,”inChallengesforChina-Japan-U.S.cooperation.HisarticlesinJapaneseinclude“KoreainthePostwarEastAsianRegionalOrder”inTheCloseofthePacificWar;“JapanandthePostwarAsiainTransition”inTheHistoryofthePostwarJapanandItsContemporaryIssues;and“PostwarKorean-JapaneseRelationsandHistoryEducation”inJapaneseModernHistoryandHistoryEducation.HehasreceivedanumberofawardsincludingtheForeignLanguageBookPrizegivenbytheOrganizationofAmericanHistorians,andtheMasayoshiOhiraMemorialPrize.

AyuUtami(Indonesia,ALFPFellow,1999)–tobeconfirmed

Novelist/Journalist;Editor,Kalam

InadditiontobeingoneoftheeditorsofKalam,Ms.Utamiisanovelistandapoliticalactivist.WhileworkingasareporterforthenewsweeklyForumKeadilan(ForumforJustice),shejoinedotherjournaliststoestablishtheundergroundAllianceofIndependent
Journalists(AIJ)in1994.SoonaftershebeganworkwiththeInstitutefortheStudyofFreeFlowofInformation(ISAI).

PublicationsincludeabookletontheSoehartofamily’swealth.ShealsoreceivedtheBestNoveloftheyear(1998)bytheJakartaArtsCouncilforherfirstnovel,Saman.Sheisaprolificwriterofessaysonpopularculture,languageandliterature.

 

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