[ALFP 2018 Public Forum]
Imagining Plural Asias: How Can We Enrich Interrelationships across Borders?

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  • Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 3:00 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Moderator: Mizuno Takaaki (Professor, Kanda University of International Studies)
  • 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 2018This year, the eight fellows listed below have engaged in dialogue among themselves, as well as with their counterparts in Japan, under the theme “Imagining Plural Asias: How Can We Enrich Interrelationships across Borders?”—to seek possibilities of creating sustainable and inclusive societies while embracing diversities across borders.

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 border and identity issues in India, issues facing politically marginalized regions in Pakistan, drug policy and health rights issues in Indonesia, challenges of cross-cultural documentary filmmaking in Malaysia, the impact of films and theater on Thai society, UN efforts in promoting democracy in Asia, the role of poetry in understanding the world, and the empowerment of young people in Cambodia, along with the fruits of the dialogue and the collaborative activities they have engaged in for two months in Japan.

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

  • Samrat Choudhury (India) Author / Journalist (Independent)
    “From Fluidity to Rigidity: Borders, Identities, and the Perils of Postmodern Angst”
  • Aziz Ali Dad (Pakistan) Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP)
    “The Nation and Marginal Imagination—A Case of Gilgit-Baltistan”
  • Asmin Fransiska (Indonesia) Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
    “Indonesian Challenges in the Natural Disaster Context: Mental Health Protection from a Human Rights Perspective”
  • Lydia Lubon (Malaysia) Documentary Filmmaker and Producer (Independent)
    “Making an Impact through Non-Fiction Film”
  • Alongkot Maiduang (Thailand) Academic Officer, Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) Thailand / Art & Culture Journalist, Judprakai Newspaper
    “Moving Images as a Means to Communicate across Borders”
  • Sawanishi Mikiko (Japan) Deputy Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
    “The United Nation’s Grassroots Democracy Promotion in Asia: Global, Local and Regional”
  • Sun Dong (China) Poet / Professor and Deputy Director, Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics
    “Is There a Way Out?—The Possible Reconciliation between Conflicting Ideas”
  • Silot Uon (Cambodia) Career Advisor, SeeChange International Cambodia
    “Cambodia and the Image of Plural Asias”