Asian Public Intellectuals
In Search of New Practices :
Common Challenges to Human-Ecological Balance in Asia,
14-15 June 2012
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ABOUT the API Regional Project (RP) Culminating Event
The RP Culminating Event is organized to address the regional concerns and to exchange knowledge derived from API's three-year regional collaboration with local communities in 5 countries-Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. This public event comprising public seminar, exhibition, documentary screening premiere including the performances of art projects aims to establish further collaborative actions in response to various regional challenges together.

Date: June 14-15, 2012
Venue: Mahachulalongkorn Bldg., Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
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About the Keynote Speaker
Executive Director
Participatory Development Training Centre

A recipient of the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, Sombath Somphone is currently executive director of the Participatory Development Training Centre (PADETC) in Vientiane.

After earning degrees in education and agriculture from the University of Hawaii, he returned to Laos in 1980 and launched the Rice-Based Integrated Farm System Project, to help Laotian farmers achieve food security. In this undertakings, he encountered complex obstacles, particularly development-related ones in the rural areas.

In 1996, Sombath founded PADETC, a pioneering non-profit organization designed to foster sustainable and self-reliant development in Laos. PADETC also designed new child-centered lesson plans for primary schools.

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FULL PROGRAM: English | Thai

(All sessions with English and Thai simultaneous translation)

  • Opening Session: The Force of Interconnectedness (June 14, 2012)
    Key note Address by: Ajarn Sombath Somphone, Executive Director of Participatory Development Training Center (PADECT), Vientiane, Laos; The 2005 Ramon Magsaysay awardee for the Community Leadership

  • Public Seminar: "In Search of New Practices: Common Challenges to Human-Ecological Balance in Asia" (June 15, 2012)
    1. "Voices from Local Communities"
    Presentation by the site community leaders of five countries
    - Pak Totok Pratopo from Kali Code, Indonesia
    - Mr. Tetsuya Imakita from Biwako, Japan
    - Batin Awang Alok from Tasik Chini, Malaysia
    - Dr. Florentino Hernedo from Batanes, Philippines
    - Mr. Yongyuth Krachanglak from Khiriwong, Thailand
    Discussion by Dr. Colin Nicholas, Coordinator and Founder, Center for Orang Asli Concerns

    2. "Community Engagement: Transforming Knowledge into Action"
    - Ms. Tomoko Momiyama, Music composer
    - Prof. Myfel Paluga, Chair, Dept. of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines, Mindanao
    - Ms. Josie Fernandez, Secretary General, Transparency International Malaysia
    - Ms. Penchom Saetang, Director, Ecological Alert and Recovery-Thailand
    - Mr. Yuli Nugroho, Senior Researcher, Damar Foundation
  • Discussant: Prof. Decharut Sukkumnoed, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University

  • RP Outputs Presentations (June 14, 2012)

  • Exhibition (June 14-15, 2012)
    The Exhibition showcases key issues drawn from API's Regional Project site visits over the past three years and from significant community outputs of the five participating countries, such as the environmental revitalization/movement, local heritage sites, art pieces, books, including the Regional Project Book, Documentary and Website.

  • Art Performance (June 14, 2012 | 16:00-17:00 hrs)
    Artist Collaboration with Communities:
    1. "Code Purnama Hatiku" [Code, the Full Moon of My Heart] by Ms. Tomoko Momiyama, Artist
    2. "Water Children" by Khiriwong children and Dr. Takako Iwasawa

  • Premiere screening "Cross Currents: Jouney to Asian Environments" (June 14, 2012 | 17:45-19:45 hrs)
    With water as the central theme and imagery, the documentary takes its viewers across five Asian ecological sites and shows how local inhabitants, often without scientific help, have developed indigenous ways of taking care of their environments in the face of natural and man-made calamities. Across the region, spirituality has been evinced as the Asian people's first line of action toward environmental threats. But while spirituality forms a pervasive practice, the local peoples are practical enough to take physical action in order to effect real changes in their communities.

  • Crafts and Eco-products from the Communities
    Crafts and eco-products by the villagers of the five regional sites are also available at the venue both for display and sales. Examples are Biwako's honey, bamboo grass tea, rice wine and wood vinegar; Kiriwong's mangosteen soaps, preserved durian and natural dyed products; Tasik Chini's handicraft.

This event is for the PUBLIC and admission FREE. We welcome people from local communities, academia, government, media, civil society, corporate sector, expat communities, etc. in joining the event for exchanging ideas and actions.

Cross Currents :
Journey to Asian

Production Date: 2012
Length: 72 minutes
Language: English, Filipino, Malay, Indonesian, Thai, Japanese
About the Director: Nick Deocampo is a multifaceted personality in Philippine cinema. He is the country's leading documentary filmmaker, author, film teacher, film historian, and director of the Center for New Cinema. He was among the first to be awarded the Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowships grant by The Nippon Foundation. Through TNF, Deocampo has been contracted to make environmental documentaries -- one regional documentary and five country documentaries.


learning from communities coping
with environmental challenges
across Asia

This book documents the highlights of a three-year journey of exploration to deepen our understanding of the human dimension of the global environmental crisis among different communities throughout Asia. This undertaking emerged as the Regional Project of the Asian Public Intellectuals, a fellowship comprising a cross-disciplinary assortment of academics, artists and activists united by a commitment towards a greater regional consciousness and collaboration beyond national borders. (read more)
API Regional Project Website
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For inquiries: please contact Mr. Banyong Homoab Tel: 02-218-7409 / Fax: 02-652-5283