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1) API Public Forum in Hiroshima

“Rising from the Ashes: Civic Collaboration in Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Asia”

API Fellowships Program is pleased to announce selected panel participants to the special API Public Forum “Rising from the Ashes Together: Civic Collaboration in Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Asia” to be held in Hiroshima, Japan, on November 14, 2014. The forum will carry a symbolical meaning of peace and hope to the world, in its significant moment addressing API’s future engagements and action in the region.

Granted panels:

1# Panel title: Rising from the Ashes: Civic Collaboration in Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Asia-Struggle for Recognition: Rohinya Citizenship in Myanmar’s Transition
1) Ahman Suaedy (Indonesia Fellow Year 2009-2010), Director of Abdurrahman Wahid Centre for Interfaith Dialogue and Peace
2) Abu Tahay, Director of Rohingya Resources Network, Yangon
Abstract: The issue of citizenship for minorities is increasingly important with increased globalization and democratization. Under this growing influence, equality should be given to all but the Rohinya in Myanmar have been excluded. This panel will represent the dynamics of the Rohinya struggle to defend their rights on international and regional levels.

2# Panel title: An Experience Exchange and Activity Cooperation between Japan’s Minamata Case and Thailand’s Maptaphut Campaign
1) Penchom Saetang (Thailand Fellow Year 2005-2006), Director of Ecological Alert and Recovery—Thailand (EARTH)
2) Yoshihiro Yamashita, Minamata disease patient; volunteer of Open Research Center for Minamata Studies (ORCM)
Abstract: The main concept of presentation is to share a crucial role and growing importance of regional civic collaboration, by reviewing some aspects of citizen movements in Japan following the worst industrial pollution disaster in Japan—the Minamata disease outbreak—and the support provided to patients until today. Presentation will also cover lesson learnt from Minamata movement and activities being done and applied by EARTH to do their campaign and activities in Thailand (Maptaphut and its vicinity in Rayong province).  

Participation Scheme
API Fellows are invited to participate in this public forum joined by partner resource persons.  An applying API Fellow’s partner should be someone who has gone through an experience as victim—of violence, disaster, political situations, development, industrial hazard, discrimination, etc.  It is expected that the applying API Fellow and the partner have been working together or have some experiences of collaboration.  
The presentation may include various formats such as narratives, poetry readings, various audio-visual material etc. Any format that will effectively present the ways in which the API fellow and partner have been working in the aftermath of disasters/conflicts towards revival.
- Application deadline: June 25, 2014

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2) API Panel Participation Grants for 12th Asian Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) Conference

Announcement of Successful Grantees

API Fellowships Program proudly announces that the following Panel has been awarded with API Panel Participation Grant for the 12th Asian Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) Conference "Transforming Societies: Contestations and Conversions in Asia and the Pacific" during February 15-16, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

"Sociopolitical and Economic Implication of ASEAN Economic Community 2015 and the Roles of Asian Public Intellectuals"

Panel Convener:
Rina Shahriyani Shahrullah (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007-2008) 

Panel Members:
1. Prijono Tjiptoherijanto (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007-2008)
2. Austina Fitrianingrum (non-API Fellow)
3. Dias Pradadimara (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007-2008)
4. Yonariza (Indonesia Fellow Year 2008-2009)

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