Date & Time: June 25, 2014 (Wed) at 16:00-18:00 P.M.
Venue: Dipak C. Jain Room, Sasa International House, Chulalongkorn University 

Background: A number of CSO activists and academicians from Fukushima and Japan are in Bangkok to take part in the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (6AMCDRR) from 23rd to 25th June hosted by the Thai Government. This meeting is a part of the preparation of the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) in Sendai of Japan, in March 20115. In these meetings, the succeeding Global Disaster Frame of Action, namely HFA, will be prepared. Japan CSO Coalition for 2015 WCDR (JCC2015) and Fukushima people are very much concern that a nuclear disaster is not well focused in the present and the future HFA, although a large number of nuclear power stations are under-construction in Asia. So the next nuclear disaster might take place in Asia and developing countries. By sharing the Fukushima’s bitter experience, people will prevent, or reduce hazards caused by a nuclear disaster. Or they may advocate to change official energy policies for more sustainable ones. 

Language: English 

To join: Kindly signify your attendance to either of the contacts below.
- Ms. Gawao, Social Research Institute Tel: 086-353-3911jgawao@gmail.com
- Ms. Rungsinee, API Tel: 02-218-7422 rungsineec@gmail.com

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API Regional Project book "Living Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment and Change Across Asia"

A River Changes Course" Seminar and Screening

Regional Project Culminating Event

API Public Forum: "What's Gone Wrong with Democracy?"


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"What's Gone Wrong with Democracy?"
Issues for the New Regional Community-Making

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014 
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Venue: Surakiart Sathirathai Rm, 4F, Debdvaravati Bldg, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University

In collaboration with the Chula Global and Regional Studies Unit, Asian Public Intellectuals(API) Fellowships Program is pleased to invite you to this public forum. Kindly signify your attendance by contacting Banyong at <banyong.h@chula.ac.th> or at 02-218-7409/218-7422.

- Prof. Dr. Raul C. Pangalangan, Professor of Law and former Law Dean at the University of Philippines; Publisher, The Philippines Inquirer; API Senior Fellow 2012-2013
- Datuk Dr. Toh Kin Woon, Honorary Chair, Global Democracy, Governance & Social Justice Programme, Penang Institute; Former State Executive Councillor (State Minister), Penang, Malaysia; API Senior Fellow 2008-2011
- Mr. Hilmar Farid, Researcher, Writer and Activist in East Timor (TBC)

- Mr. Kavi Chonkittavorn, Columnist, The Nation; Chair, Southeast Asian Press Alliance; API Senior Fellow 2007-2008
- Prof. Attachak Sattayanurak, Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University; API Senior Fellow 2013-2014

Prof. Surichai Wun’Gaeo, Program Director, API Fellowships Program; Chair, Chula Global and Regional Studies Unit, Chulalongkorn University

Some emerging democracies in Southeast Asia have relied less on flawed democratic institutions and manipulable elections. To fulfill lofty principles like anti-corruption, human rights, environmental protection, and public accountability, they have turned more to courts and unelected commissions insulated from the political branches. At one level, it reflects a practical search for institutions that can be trusted to act as the people’s tribune. However, because these institutions increasingly preempt the tasks typically performed by the elected representatives of the people, these appointive commissions have been transformed, no longer a check on popular power but its hand maiden. This likewise transfers the fount of legitimacy from the sovereign will, to the wisdom and expertise of elite institutions who then purport to practice “political ventriloquism” in behalf of the people. The public forum will attempt to address the current development and debates on the national and regional implications of the recent incidences and phenomenon witnessed in the region. 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 community building.


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API RP Book >>

Culture, Environment, and Change across Asia

The book is the output of API Regional Project, contributing to understanding the complex challenges facing Asia's bio-cultural diversity and eco-communities, as well as the diversity of multi-faceted, interconnected approaches taken by individuals and communities to address them. Where environmental-developmental literature is dominated by technocratic manuals, academic studies and advocacy literature, this book fills a gap by capturing personal experiences of change and collective action. It opens a window to the contemporary realities faced by local communities and documents their emerging responses. The studies are presented through the views and voices of 49 concerned Asian public intellectuals from Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Price: RM 80 or US$25

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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, Chulalongkorn University

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 banyong.h@chula.ac.th 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). 

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Documentary Premiere in Thailand

"A River Changes Course"
A discussion seminar with an award-winning documentary premiere 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)
(Admission Free)
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Our region has been faced with tremendous challenges admist fast developing changes in the political, economical and social- environmental spheres. Our world is increasingly intertwined and there can be no solution to those challenges unless we work together beyond national boundaries. Thus the experiences of Cambodia are not at all isolated. How can we create a just world together? How can we come up with a shared vision and aim for a sustainable future?

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.

"This documentary adds to the conversation on Cambodia’s post-conflict identity. We must not allow our struggle to reconcile with our past to cloud our awareness and commitment to confronting the challenges of the present and future. Cambodia experienced horrors that continue to haunt us today. But remembering, questioning, and teaching the past does not mean we have to be defined by it. We have already lived a genocide and we continue to live it in our history books, stories, and classrooms. These forums serve an essential role in affirming truth, memory, and reconciliation, but we cannot and we will not be Khmer Rouge victims for the rest of our lives. Globalization proves that Cambodia cannot dwell on its past. The conversation must move forward. " -- Youk Chhang, Executive Producer

This 83-minute documentary film tells the stories of three young people and their families who live on water, in the countryside, and in highland of Cambodia. There they face contemporary problems such as deforestation, overfishing, and an overwhelming debt without apparent solutions. The film does not only showcase Cambodia’s hidden beauties that needs to be conserved, but also illustrates the erosion of cultural and traditional way of life of ordinary people, and elicited earnest discussions . The seminar will be graced by other resource persons from academe and civil society, whom themselves working on the concerns of Mekong Sub-region.

For your attendance, please contact:
Mr. Banyong Homoab, API Fellowships Program
Tel: 02 218-7409 / 022 218-7422; Fax: 02 652-5283


Regional Project Culminating Event
Comprehensive report on "In Search of New Practices: Common Challenges to the Human-Ecological Balance in Asia” event held in Bangkok during June 14 – 15, 2012. The event aimed to address regional concerns and to exchange knowledge derived from API's three-year regional collaboration with local communities in five countries -- Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand--in order to establish further collaborative actions in response to various regional challenges.

Download: http://www.api-fellowships.org/body/download/otherpublic/API pocket book14-15June2012t.pdf

Tasik Chini Pictorial Book
“Tasik Chini: A lake at the edge of ecological collapse” 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), 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.

Price: US$10 (its proceeds goes to the local community of Tasik Chini)

Contact: Herzri Adnan at hezriadnan@gmail.com
and cc:  apifellowships@yahoo.com.  

Biwako: Learning from the Mountain Communities of the Lake Catchment
Bilingual in Japanese and English book on Biwako (Lake Biwa). This publication is based on API fellows’ learning about human-ecological relations in Biwako -- one of API Regional Project sites in five Asian countries.

Price: US$ 17 (included shipping costs)

Contact: ci@api-fellowships.org

Newsletter issue 25
(March – August 2012)
- The 10th API Regional Workshop: Culture, Power and Practices: The Globalization of Culture and Its Implications for Asian Regional Transformations
- Interview: Sombath Somphone (Executive Director of the Participatory Development Training Center – PADETC) on regional key issues, shared vision, the ASEAN Community, interconnectedness, holistic education and role of intellectuals
- 2012 API Country Workshop
- Fellows in Focus: Bunohan- Malaysian Film Goes International” by Dain Said (Malaysia Fellow Year 2006 - 2007) // “Urban Progress in Consistency” by Kenta Kishi (Japan Fellow Year 2010 - 2011) // “Creating ASEAN Cinema Highways: the 2012 Hua Hin International Film Conference” by Edward Paciano Cabagnot (Philippines Fellow Year 2007 – 2008) // “Social Research in Music Bears Friut” by Thitipol Kanteewong (Thailand Fellow Year 2009 – 2010)

Download: http://www.api-fellowships.org/body/newsletter/issue25.pdf

New Position

Fr. Jose M. Cruz S.J. , API International Selection Commitee (ISC), was appointed as Vice President for University and Global Relations, Ateneo de Manila University, from April 2012. He ended his term as Dean of the School of Social Sciences on March 31, 2012.


Khoo Khay Jin, who played many crucial roles during the early years of API Fellowships Program, passed away on December 22, 2011, at 9.00 p.m. His funeral was held on December 23, 2011 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Pulau Tikus, Penang. API Fellowships Program would like to extend our deepest condolence to his family and friends. Khoo Khay Jin had been an IKMAS (Malaysia PI) main input since the inception of the API Program, when IKMAS was the CI. His knowledge and experiences were largely applied to the development of the then CI database and several printed media, such as the API Newsletter and brochures. Even though his health declined later on, he continued to play an active role in suggesting API activities, promoting the Fellowships and recommending potential Fellows to API.