Noor Mahnun Mohamed (Malaysia Senior Fellow 2012-2013) and Norhayati Kaprawi (Malaysia Fellow Year 2011-2012) collaborated in an art exhibition entitled “The Good Malaysian Woman" to examine what constitutes a “good” woman in Malaysia, by addressing issues of identity and self, community and nationality. Together with twenty other artists, they explored how women's identities and choices are shaped by the politics of ethnicity and religion in Malaysia today. The exhibition was held from May 18 to 25, 2014 at Black Box, MAP Publika, Solaris Dutamas, KL, in aid of the All Women's Action Society (AWAM). A workshop and panel talk with the artists was also organized in conjunction with the exhibition.

Karnt Thassanaphak (Thailand Fellow Year 2008 - 2009) presented his collection of collage images in "A Walk Through the Silence" -- an art exhibition about human rights during February 21-27, 2013 at Pridi Banomyong Institute, Soi Thonglor (Sukhumvit 55 Road), Bangkok. The exhibition was organized by Art For Freedom Project and the profits made from sales at the exhibition would go back to the families affected by the Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

M Ichsan Harja Nugraha (Indonesia Fellow Year 2010 - 2011) had a solo exhibition "A Diary of Light" showcasing his watercolor paintings made during his API Fellowship period in Kyoto, Japan. The exhibition was held at the Exhibition Hall of The Japan Foundation in Jakarta, from September 26 to October 09, 2012.


Independent filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam Fellow Year 2011 - 2012) joined Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Her screening 'Jo Ha Kyu' in a series of "Public Diary" films from Hanoi Doclab was part of her API Fellowship in Tokyo and scheduled for showing on Saturaday February 23, 2013 at 18:30 hrs.

Lutgado L. Labad (Philippines Fellow Year 2011 – 2012) participated in the Solo International Performing Arts Festival in Surakarta Indonesia as artistic director. The Philippine participation was mostly from the community theater groups directed by Labad in the Province of Bohol with assistance from the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta and the KELOLA Inc. This is a direct offshoot of Labad's API Fellowship in Indonesia where he observed and interacted with performing arts groups engaged in Community-based Cultural Tourism and the Creative Industries.


Prijono  Tjiptoherijanto (Indonesia Senior Fellow Year 2007-2008) was appointed as one of the seven members of Indonesia’s Civil Service Commission (CSC) on November 27, 2014. The Commission is Indonesia’s first CSC since the country's independence in 1945. The ceremony was led by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and attended by government Ministers and senior officers.

Ramon P. Santos (Philippines Senior Fellow Year 2006-2007) was recently named one of six National Artists of the Philippines (Pambansang Alagad ng Sining ng Pilipinas) in 2014 for the category of Music. The title of National Artist is an honor bestowed on Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine art, through the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Yasuhiro Morinaga (Japan Fellow Year 2010-2011) received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to conduct a field research project in Yunnan, China. In July 2014, he began to record the music of ethnic minorities in the Yunnan region, mainly in Dali and Lijiang provinces. Morinaga specializes in collaborations with local people that involve integrating natural recorded sounds on location, with ethnic music and other media to produce a unique sonic experience. (more about his work on page 13)

Ambeth R. Ocampo (Philippines Fellow Year 2010 - 2011) received the Presidential Medal of Merit from President Benigno S. Aquino at a meeting with the Filipino community at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo on December 12, 2013. Ocampo was recognized for "his writings, through which he popularized Philippine history, art, and culture thus bringing these aspects of our national identity and culture closer to the people." 

Photo credit: inquirer.net/Ryan Lim/MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU

Phra Paisal Visalo (Thailand Senior Fellow 2001 – 2002) 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>

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.

Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines Fellow Year 2009 - 2010) was selected as Arts and Culture Prize laureate for 2012 Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize. The Fukuoka Prize was established to honor outstanding achievements by individuals or groups in preserving and creating the unique and diverse cultures of Asia, to raise awareness of the value of Asian cultures and to establish an inter-learning framework in Asia.

Persida V. Rueda-Acosta (Philippines Senior Fellow 2003-2004) received "Best Public Service Program Host Award" (for the reality mediation program, “Public Atorni: Asunto o Areglo”) at the 26th PMPC Star Awards for Television 2012 held onNovember 18, 2012 at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Persida is currently the Chief Public Attorney of the Public Attorney's Office, an agency that is mandated to give free legal assistance to the poor, the oppressed and marginalized sectors in the Philippines. 

Ambeth R. Ocampo (Philippines Senior Fellow Year 2010-2011) presented a lecture entitled “Face to Face: Jose Rizal” on June 28, 2014 at Ayala Museum, Makati City. Jose Rizal continues to be as relevant to Philippine society today as he was in the 19th century. This event was part of a popular lecture series that presents little-known information, insights, and trivia about the Philippines’ historic figures, including Apolinario Mabini (on July 26) and Juan Luna (on August 30).
Penchom Saetang (Thailand Fellow Year 2005-2006), Director of Ecological Alert and Recovery —Thailand (EARTH), organized a seminar entitled “Phraeksa’s Model and the Management of Landfills in Thailand”, in collaboration with the Network of Anti-Praeksa Landfill and Affected People of Samut Prakan, and the Social Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University, on July 7, 2014 at the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University. The seminar focused on best practices for waste management in Thailand, by discussing the recent burning of garbage at Praeksa landfill in Samut Prakan, to highlight illegal methods of garbage disposal, especially of toxic waste in this area.

Norhayati Kaprawi (Malaysia Fellow Year 2011 – 2012)’s 45-minute documentary “Ulama Perempuan (Female Ulama)” explores the role of female religious leaders in Indonesian society, and was shown at Malaysia’s annual Freedom Film Festival, which was held in Kuala Lumpur from December 7-15, 2013. The annual event screens human rights films made by independent filmmakers, and is organized by Pusat Komas, with support from the Penang and Selangor state governments. This documentary is partly based on her API Fellowship activities in Indonesia. 

Penchom Saetang, Director of Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (Thailand Senior Fellow Year 2005 - 2006) 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

Pornsiri Cheevapatananuwong

Network Collaboration>>
Supa Yingmuang (Thailand Fellow Year 2006-2007) together with her network of NGOs and farmers participated in the Ninth Asia-Europe People's Forum (AEPF9) on October 16-19, 2012 in Vientiane, Laos. The title of the forum was "People’s Solidarity against Poverty and for Sustainable Development: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States of Citizens for Citizens". As part of API collaboration, Pornsiri Cheevapatananuwong (Thailand Fellow Year 2011 – 2012) took part in writing a report on the vision for the young people on reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development. The API Regional Project Documentary was also screened at the event to share the key issues and challenges of the Asian region.

Ukrist Patamanand (Thailand Fellow Year 2008 – 2009) presented key findings from his latest research “Shinawatra Family Network” at the academic seminar on the research project “To the equal society of Thailand”. This was organized by the Division of Economic Affairs and Research, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University on August 16, 2012. His research will be published in bi-lingual edition by Thailand Research Fund (TRF) in January 2013.


Amin Shah bin Iskandar (Malaysia Fellow Year 2009-2010) now works as News Editor for the Bahasa Malaysia section of The Malaysian Insider – the local online news provider.


Dain Said (Malaysia Fellow Year 2006 - 2007) successfully launched his latest film 'Bunohan' and was invited to screen the film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) during September 8 - 18, 2011. Bunohan also gained a highly complimentary review by the Variety Magazine. (photo by Clinton Gilders/Getty Images North America)

Ronnarong Khampha (Thailand Fellow Year 2010 - 2011) and Thitipol Kanteewong (Thailand Fellow Year 2009 - 2010) participated in the Asian Arts Theatre Residency Gwangju 2011 as part of The Asian Culture Complex Asian Arts Theatre Project Development Initiative Project held in Soeul, South Korea during August 29 - September 4, 2011. They also collaborated with leading Indonesian traditional artists of Mugi Dance such as Mugiyono Kasido, Endah Laras and Dedek Wahyu to present "Ejecting Human" - the concept of industrial development and Asian traditions - in Solo, Indonesia, during August 19 - 28, 2011.

Tomonari Nishikawa (Japan Fellow Year 2008 - 2009) finished two films in 2010: “Tokyo - Ebisu” (premiered at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival) and “Shibuya - Tokyo” (premiered at the 48th New York Film Festival). He was invited by WORM, a Rotterdam based artists' collective to conduct a 3-day filmmaking workshop in January 2011. Nishikawa also had recent screenings at the California Institute of the Arts, Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center by Cinema Project, LA Filmforum, and MoMA PS1. The Liason of Independence Filmmakers of Toronto also announced Nishikawa's participation in LIFT’s international artist-in-residency program in summber 2011.

RECOGNITION >> 2011 - 2012

(From left) Colin Nicholas, Tam Kar Lye, Jenita Engi, Puah Sze Ning dan Keiisha Anne Pillai from the COAC. (Photo by BERNAMA)

Colin Nocholas (Malaysia Fellow Year 2001 - 2002) received an award on behalf ofOrang Asli Centre for Concern (COAC) as the United Nations (UN) Malaysia Organization of the Year 2011 for its efforts to promote and defend the rights of the Orang Asli in Malaysia. The award was given in celebration of the United Nations 66th anniversary on October 24, 2011.

Thitipol Kanteewong (Thailand Fellow Year 2009 - 2010) received a Golden Elephant award 2011 from Chiang Mai University for being an outstanding researcher of the new generation in Humanities and Sociology. His several studies, including his API project, relate to the new development of humans and culture focusing on traditional Thai and Asian music by using academic and experimental methods.
PUBLIC SHARING >> 2011 - 2012

Kavi Chongkittavorn (Thailand Fellow Year 2007 - 2008) has been invited by the Southeast Asian Studies Program Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University, to lecture on “ORANG ASEAN: Prospects and Challenges”– the special course on ASEAN Community and citizens (“Orang”), for 15 weeks during December 13, 2011 - March 22, 2012.

Motohide Taguchi (Japan Fellow Year 2002 - 2003)’s sound installation work "Between Shifted Memories" will be exhibited at Yuchengco Museum in Makati City, Manila, Philippines until January 29, 2012. He also had a workshop on November 24, 2011 at Vargas Museum in the University of the Philippines.

Wilfredo Torres III (Philippines Year 2002 - 2003) gave a talk on "Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao" to PNP Mindanao commanders on May 5, 2011 in Cotabato City. He also took part in the Symposium on Moro Ethnicity and Cultural Identity: Implication to Law Enforcement last April 7, 2011 in the Philippine National Police Museum

Ambeth Ocampo (Philippines Fellow Year 2010 - 2011) held the public lecture Mukhang Pera! Banknotes and Nation on July 9, 2011 at the Ayala Museum Lobby, Makati City, Philippines. He also delivered a similar lecture on Thai Banknotes at Chulalongkorn University in February 2011.

API Thailand Fellows collaborated in the publication of “Ngao Tawan-og 2” (A Kaleidoscope: Reflections of Asia by Asians) - the Collections of API Fellows 2001 – 2010, which was launched in July 2011. The book is part of API 10th Anniversary celebration.

Abstract by Darunee Tantiwiramanond (Thailand Senior Fellow Year 2002 – 2003): “Ngao Tawan-og” is a compendium of research work done by API Fellows during 2001-2010. “Ngao Tawan-og 2”  is the second of the two-volume compendium voluntarily and collectively done on behalf of the Thailand API National Coordinating Committee to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the API mission in community building of public intellectuals in Asia. It partially translates published knowledge generated during the first decade of the API Program into Thai. It comprises bilingual bibliography where the 264 entries are classified into 6 headings, namely Politics and Conflicts; Economy and Development; Communities and Local Development; Social Policy and Social Justice; Arts and Literature; and Environment and Resource Management. Thai translated abstracts from the Proceedings of Year 1 to Year 8 are included.

Dante (third from left) with staff of Pain Clinic of Aichi Medical University

Dante G, Simbulan, Jr. (Philippines Fellow Year 2010- 2011) was on a Visiting Scientist Fellowship at the Nagoya University's Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Nagoya City, Japan from August 1 to November 15, 2011. His research theme was on "Yoga-based exercises, autonomic functions and chronic pain management." He also conducted weekly yoga classes for therapists and doctors of the Multi-Disciplinary Pain Center of the Aichi Medical University as part of a training and research collaboration to facilitate the integration of mind-body approaches in pain management.

Rosalie Arcala Hall (Philippines Fellow Year 2004 - 2005) presented academic papers at the Inter University Seminar in the Philippine Sociological Association conference in Naga City on October15-16 2011; in the Armed Forces and Society conference in Chicago, USA on October 23 - 25, 2011; and at the Asian International Political and International Studies Association Congress in Taichung, Taiwan on November 24 - 25 2011.
She is also a monthly contributor to University of Venus’ blog about gender and other issues in the US Inside Higher Education website :  http://www.insidehighered.com/

NEW POSITION >> 2011 - 2012

Dicky Sofjan (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007 - 2008) is now associated with the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS-Yogyakarta), an international, inter-religious and inter-disciplinary Ph.D. program that combines the strength of three Yogyakarta-based universities, namely Gadjah Mada, the Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga and the Duta Wacana Christian University. As a Core Doctoral Faculty, Dr. Sofjan will teach "Religion and Human Rights" next semester, beginning in September 2011.

Yonariza (second from right) during the appointed ceremony

Yonariza (Indonesia Fellow Year 2008 - 2009) has been appointed Professor in the field of Forest Management at Andalas University since September 1, 2011

Toshiya Takahama (Japan Fellow Year 2005 - 2006) was appointed Professor, Printmaking Division, Dept. of Painting, Musashino Art University as of April 1, 2011.

Tsukasa Iga (Japan Fellow Year 2008 - 2009) completed a doctoral course in Kobe University in March 2011. The research theme was liberalization of the media and the role of the ICT in Malaysia. He has been a research associate of Kobe University since 1 April 2011, expanding his scope to neighboring countries, such as Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Josie M. Fernandez (Malaysia Fellow Year 2006 - 2007) has been a member of Executive Committee 2011 - 2013 of Transparency International Malaysia, the Malaysia Society for Transparency and Integrity. Her position is Secretary-General.

Naguib Razak (left) with former FINAS Director General Dato' Mayhiddin Mustakim

Naguib Razak (Malaysia Fellow Year 2006 - 2007), a document filmmaker, has been appointed Director General of National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), effective from September 1, 2011.

Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon (Philippines Fellow Year 2007 - 2008), former education undersecretary for legal and legislative affairs, was appointed undersecretary for the Office of the Political Affairs (OPA) last April 15, 2011. Previous to this, Gascon served as board member of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) under the current administration.

Jose Eliseo Rocamora (Philippines Fellow Year 2007 - 2008) was appointed by Pres. Benigno Aquino III as the lead convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) on September 20, 2010. He is currently the Director for the Institute for Popular Democracy.

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam (Philippines Fellow Year 8) was appointed in March 2010 member of the Regional Advisory Council for Southeast Asian and the Pacific for the Inter-Church Development Cooperation (ICCO).

Sukran Rojanapaiwong (Thailand Fellow Year 2001 - 2002) has been serving as a secretary to committee of Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission since October 2011.

OUTSTANDING WOMEN >> 2011 - 2012

Congratulations to the following Fellows who gained honors and distinctions recently.

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB (Philippines Fellow Year 2002 - 2003) was recognized as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People Delivering for Girls and Women by the Women Deliver organization. She was also awarded Resolution No. 96 by the Philippine Government last 14 March, 2011 for her achievement in merging feminism and faith in the Philippines. On September 16, 2011, she was elected a member of the Administrative Council of the International Association or Prioresses of the Benedictine Order or the CIB (Communio Internationalis Benedictarium) last September 16, 2001.

Regina Hechanova-Alampay (Philippines Fellow Year 2009 - 2010) was given The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) award last October 19, 2010, strongly recognized for her research on the organized psychology of the Philippine Workforce. She also received a Cardinal Sin Book Award last October 2010 for her book For the People, With the People: Developing Social Enterprises in the Philippines.

Penchom Saetang (Thailand Fellow Year 2005 - 2006) and Chalida Uabumrungjit (Year 2002 - 2003) were honored by Bangkok Post as outstanding Environmentalist and Film Activist, respectively, among the 65 Women of Influence in Contemporary Thailand 2011, for the 65th Anniversary of Bangkok Post Newspaper.