received honorary doctorate degrees from the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University and the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Prince of Songkla University, during December 2012, for his outstanding devotion to promoting non-violence activities over three decades. < photo credit: Neng Tieo >
API FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM
was launched on July 8, 2000 in Malaysia, in cooperation with major academic institutions in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand, to provide public intellectuals in the region opportunities for professional activities and exchanges toward a better future for Asia. In recent years, API has expanded to the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV).
API REGIONAL PROJECT: Culminating Event Publication
FELLOW UPDATES: Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines Fellow Year 2009 - 2010)
received 2012 Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize
NEWSLETTER: Public Intellectuals and Local Communities Working Together
INTERVIEW: Youk Chhang (Executive Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia: DC-Cam)
"Documentation Helps Raise Human Rights Awareness in Asia"
INTERVIEW: Sombath Somphone
(2005 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Community Leadership)
"Inter-connectedness" for "Happiness Together"
PROCEEDINGS: The Work of the API Fellows
Culture, Power and Practices: The Globalization of Culture and Its Implications for Asian Regional Transformations Read more
POST FELLOWSHIP: API - Salzburg Global Seminar Collaboration
Among three API Fellows awardedin 2012, Ukrist Pathmanand (Thailand Fellow Year 2008-2009, left) and Ekoningtyas Margu Wardani (Indonesia Fellow Year 2008 - 2009, fourth) were selected to participate in Session 501: China in the 21st Century: What Kind of Power? during December 4-9, 2012.
Tasik Chini Pictorial Book
As Asia moves into the 21st century, it faces political, economic, and social challenges that transcend national boundaries. To meet these challenges, the region needs a new pool of intellectuals who are willing to be active in the public sphere and can articulate common concerns and propose creative solutions. Recognizing that opportunities for intellectual exchanges are currently limited by institutional, linguistic and cultural parameters, The Nippon Foundation, in cooperation with major academic institutions in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand, has launched the Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowships Program (API Fellowships Program).
API REGIONAL PROJECT DOCUMENTARY
"Cross Currents : Journey to Asian Environments" directed by Nick Nick Deocampo in collaboration with API fellows and local communities in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand
API EVENT 2013
12th API Regional Workshop in Bali during November 24-28,2013 Read more
June 14 - 15, 2012, Chulalongkorn University >>Read more
>>API Panel Participation Grants for 12th Asian Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) Conference
1. To encourage members of the API Community and others in the region to further collaborate in interdisciplinary and cross-border manner to critically address the challenges that are facing the region.
2. To promote the ideas/missions/spirit of API and seek ways for effective collaboration with other like-minded groups of people in the region which will allow API to give a collective voice.
3. To aim for a fruitful and partnership with the Asian Pacific Sociological Association (APSA), which is one of the significant regional platforms.
Deadline of the application - December 23, 2013
- All documents should be submitted and initial inquiries to be addressed to the API Regional Coordinating Institution (CI) via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Notification on the result - Early January 2014.
API Fellowships Program proudly announces that the following five API Fellows have been awarded with API Collaborative Grants:
- Hezri Adnan (Malaysia Fellow Year 2006-2007)
Project title: Policy Brokering of Community Knowledge for Sustainability Transition in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand
- Kenta Kishi (Japan Fellow Year 2010 - 2011)
Project title: Impact of Urban Migration for Major Cities in Indonesia: Studies and Creative Practices for Massive Influx of Workers in City and Its Implications for Existing Urban Community
- Patporn Phoothong (Thailand Fellow Year 2011-2012)
Project title: Hearing Historical Voices: Oral Histories of Political Violence in Southeast Asia, Connecting Past Violence, the Present Situation, and Future Justice
- Saya Kiba (Japan Fellow 2009-2010)
Project title: Comparative Analysis of Military-NGO Cooperation Policies in Asia
- Yuli Nugroho (Indonesia Fellow Year 2005-2006)
Project title: Participatory Governance in Developing Social Safeguards in REDD + Implementation in Central Kalimantan
>> 12th API Regional Workshops will take place in Bali, Indonesia, during November 24 - 28, 2013.
>> API Country Workshops 2013
Each API Partner Institution (PI) organized a Country Workshop in February - March 2013, served as a forum for all previous and current Fellows to exchange ideas and to explore areas for potential collaboration.
>> 11th API Regional Workshops was held in Tagaytay, the Philippines, during November 25 - 28, 2012
>> API-Salzburg Global Seminar Collaboration 2013 provided the opportunities for the API Fellows to expand their intellectual capacities by exposing themselves to world intellectual leaders and encouraging the API Fellows to convey the messages and voices of Asia to other parts of the world.(Deadline of the application - October 31, 2012)
>> API Fellowship Applications Year 2013 - 2014 were open during July - August 2012.
>> API Panel for the 22nd IAHA Conference in Indonesia, July 2-5, 2012
To promote cross-border studies, activities and regional collaboration, API Fellowships Program welcomes members of the API Community to participate as a panel at this significant regional platform.
>> API Country Workshops 2012: Each API Partner Institution (PI) organized a Country Workshop in February - March 2012, served as a forum for all previous and current Fellows to exchange ideas and to explore areas for potential collaboration.
>> 10th API Regional Workshop in Chiang Mai during November 19 - 23, 2011.
>> API 10th Anniversary Regional Celebration was held at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines during May 28-30, 2010, in recognition and appreciation of the decade-long impact and contribution of the Program, the celebration consisted of three key events - symposium, conference, and exhibitions/performances.
API Public Forum >>
"Elections, Democracy and Regional Community-Building: Implications fromMalaysia and Cambodia in 2013"
Date: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 01.30 - 04.00 p.m.
Venue: Saranites Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Main Auditorium, ChulalongkornUniversity
In collaboration with the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) and the Department of Government, Chulalongkorn University, Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowships Program (API) is pleased to invite you to this public forum.
General elections, one of the key elements of democracy, have been practiced in almost all countries in the region through different means. 2013 is an interesting year for Malaysia and Cambodia, with the elections taking place in these two countries. Learning from these two elections, we learn that the people in the region become more demanding in terms of getting access to independent media and fundamental freedoms, enhancing social equality and justice, strengthening the rule of law and good governance, and improving democratic institutions.
This forum will look into the current development and debates on the national and regional implications of the general elections in Malaysia and Cambodia. It also aims to exchange views and share different perspectives from regional countries in developing and sustaining democratic value and institutions, which put the people at the heart of regional integration.
Kindly signify your attendance by returning us the attached Reply Form to email@example.com or by fax to 02-652-5283. For any inquiry, please contact API Fellowships Program office (c/o Mr. Banyong or Ms. Somkamol at 02-218-7409/218-7422).
Documentary Premiere in Thailand>> "A River Changes Course"
A discussion seminar with a special screening of an award-winning documentary in Thailand
Date:Thursday, June 20, 2013, Time: 13:00-16:00
Venue: Saranites Conference Rm., 2F, Main Auditorium, Chulalongkorn University
Co-organized by: The Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowships Program (API) and the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam)
The Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowships Program is delighted to bring you Mr. Youk Chhang of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), to speak of his experiences in leading the work of the Center, on the occasion of the premiere screening of "The River Changes Course" in Bangkok. Produced by DC-Cam, the Documentary received 2013 World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Mr. Chhang a genocide survivor himself, was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his stand against impunity in Cambodia and elsewhere.
For your attendance, please contact: Mr. Banyong Homoab, Tel: 02 218-7409 / 022 218-7422; Fax: 02 652-5283
Recognition>> Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation (TNF), was appointed by the Japanese government as Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar on February 25, 2013.
Tasik Chini Pictorial Book>> A pictorial book entitled “Tasik Chini: A lake at the edge of ecological collapse” was launched in November 2012 as a result of the collaboration among API Fellows and Malaysia PI. Written by Ahmad Hezri Bin Adnan (Malaysia Fellow Year 2006 – 2007) and Henry Chan (Malaysia Fellow Year 2001 – 2002), the book shows how Tasik Chini is a national treasure and addresses human conscience to restore its environmental condition. This bilingual book in English and Bahasa Malaysia showcases maps and rare images of lives around Tasik Chini. People interested in the book, please contact Herzri via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: to email@example.com The price of the pictorial book is US$10 per copy and its proceeds goes to the local community of Tasik Chini.
Ukrist Pathamanand (Thailand Senior Fellow Year 2008 - 2009, left) has been appointed Research Professor through the benevolence of His Majesty the King. President of Chulalongkorn University Professor Pirom Kamolratanakul M.D. (right) congratulated him on the occasion of the appointment.
Yuria Furusawa (Japan Fellow Year 2011-2012) co-authored a bilingual English & Japanese guidebook on Philippine art entitled "Philippine Art Guidebook: Museums & Galleries in Manila", Published by Philippine Art Guidebook Project. The guidebook features 50 museums and art galleries in Metro Manila and its nearby areas including Antipolo and the artistic town of Angono. This book also contains articles on the Philippine art scene such as interviews to artists and curators, and short columns on Philippine culture. For more information, please visit: http://www.philippineart.michikusa.jp
Penchom Saetang, Director of Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand (Thailand Senior Fellow Year 2005 - 20 06) discussed "Development in Map Ta Phut and the Complexity of Impacts" at "International Conference on Risk Communication and the Possibility Towards Constructive Solutions for A Healthy Future of Map Ta Phut" on March 1, 2013 at Chulalongkorn University. This international conference presented study results and reflection on the problems and recent developments in Map Ta Phut area and the Pollution Control Districts in Rayong Province.
Music composer and pianist Makoto Nomura (Japan Fellow Year 2012 - 2013 / middle in the picture) performed a trio concert of Melodica (in Japanese: Kenban Harmonica) on February 3, 2013, in Ashiya, Hyogo prefecture, Japan. There were 15 works in this concert, including a new work composed by Motohide Taguchi (Japan Fellow Year 2002 - 2003). More information (in Japanese): http://www.jscm.net/?p=1777
“Public intellectuals and local communities: Working together” -- Three years of collaboration across five countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand) were highlighted at the API Regional Project Culminating Event.
- Youk Chhang -- Executive Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), on the role of documentary film, peace-building through memory, challenges relating to documentation in Asia, and regional collaborations.
“Learning from People’s Resilience and Empowering Communities in Challenging Times” -- A discussion seminar and exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary “A River Changes Course” addressed crical issues in Asia and sought to identify a shared vision for a sustainable future together.
Fellow in Focus
- “Food Fight: Negotiating Ethno-religious Differences in West Lombok” by Erni Budiwanti (Indonesia Senior Fellow Year 2009 – 2010)
- “Bringing Back Hidden Voices: Cham Muslim Oral History Project” by Farina So (Cambodia Fellow 2012 – 2013)
- “Small Theater for a Better Society” by Pradit Prasartthong (Thailand Senior Fellow Year 2011 – 2012)
- “Regional Challenges in Land and Resource Management: Inspiration from Sombath Somphone” by Pornsiri Cheevapatananuwong (Thailand Fellow Year 2011 – 2012)
- The Courts and Populist Democracy: When Hard Cases Make Really Bad Law” by Raul Pangalangan (Philippines Senior Fellow Year 2012 – 2013)
Regional Project Culminating Event ( 14-15 June 2012)
10th Anniversary Commemorative Issue
10th Anniversary Book
Chiang Mai Workshop Proceedings by 2010 - 2011 Fellows