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[ALFP 2017 Public Forum]
Seeking Our Commons in Asia: How Can We Create Visions for the Future?


  • Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 3:30–6:45 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Moderator: Ogawa Reiko (Associate Professor, Chiba University)
  • Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Co-organized by the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)

The Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) is a joint program of the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation that seeks to create a close, personal and professional network of public intellectuals in Asia, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and are deeply rooted in and committed to civil society beyond their respective backgrounds and professional arenas.

Photo: ALFP 2017This year, the seven fellows listed below have engaged in dialogue among themselves, as well as with their counterparts in Japan under the theme “Seeking Our Commons in Asia: How Can We Create Visions for the Future?” Through collaborative activities and exchange of opinions, the fellows developed a deeper understanding of Asia and their neighboring countries and sought possibilities of finding or creating common ground on which Asian intellectuals can work together for a sustainable future for the region. In this public forum, the fellows will share their thoughts on the current situation in their countries and issues they have been working on, such as the protection of cultural heritage in Pakistan, inequality and health issues among the youth in Indonesia, issues surrounding caste, gender and politics in India, the role of media as seen from China, environmental issues facing the ASEAN region, the current condition of higher education in Vietnam, and “hate speech” and human rights issues, along with the new perspectives and ideas they have developed through their two-month experience in Japan.

Speakers
(For profiles of the fellows please see: http://alfpnetwork.net/en/fellow/)

  • Hatano Ayako (Japan) Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University
  • Fazal Khaliq (Pakistan) Reporter, Dawn Media Group / Cultural Activist
  • Sudirman Nasir (Indonesia) Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Public Health, Hasanuddin University
  • Smita M. Patil (India) Assistant Professor, School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
  • Phan Thanh Duc (Vietnam) Dean, Faculty of Management Information Systems, Banking Academy of Vietnam
  • Saroj Srisai (Thailand) Head, Environment Division, ASEAN Secretariat
  • Wang Xin (China) Deputy Director, Multimedia Center, Nanjing Daily