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Asia Leadership Fellow Program - 1996 Fellows

1.Ignas Kleden (Indonesia)

Ignas Kleden (Indonesia) Director, The Society for Political and Economy Study <SPES> Foundation
Work Information: Dr. Kleden is widely known and recognized as one of the most creative and prolific social thinkers in present-day Indonesia. He has been an editor/coordinator for social science books and journals for several years, and has translated theological book as well as writing on the socio-cultural problems of Indonesia.
ALFP Research Project: "The Concept of Culture of the New Order Regime in Indonesia: Its Theoretical Assumptions and its Political Implications".
Personal Information: Dr. Kleden conducted his graduate studies in political philosophy and received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Beilefeld, Germany; where he wrote his dissertation on "The Involution of the Involution-thesis: Clifford Geertz's Studies on Indonesia Revisited".

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2.Wan A. Manan (Malaysia)

Wan A. Manan (Malaysia)Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Community Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Work Information: Dr. Wan Manan is well respected in his own field (Nutrition) as well as related fields such as public health and education, and has published numerous works. As the President of the Malaysian Academic Movement, he leads a pan-Malaysian academic reform movement. His views and opinions are often sought after by the media throughout Southeast Asia.
ALFP Research Topic: "Quality of life in Japan and Malaysia: A Comparative Study".
Personal Information: B.A. from Macalester College, Minnesota, and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Columbia University in Nutrition and Public Health.

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3.Arnold M. Azurin (Philippines)

Arnold M. Azurin (Philippines)Research Fellow, University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies
Work Information:
· As a pioneer in the area of Philippine studies, Mr. Azurin is one of the country's most original thinkers on culture and nationhood.
· His book, Re-inventing The Filipino Sense of Being and Becoming, has been received enthusiastically by scholars and students, in and outside the Philippines. He has won the top prizes for essays and poetry volumes in the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
ALFP Research Project: "Updated review/analysis of the Bangsamoro struggle with special focus on its impact on the East Asia Growth Area Economic Blueprint".
Personal Information: B.A. in Philosophy, University of Santo Thomas, Philippines.

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4.Kwok Kian-Woon (Singapore)

Kwok Kian-Woon (Singapore) Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology, National University of Singapore
Work Information:
· Dr. Kwok is considered to be among the most promising younger academics in his field in Singapore. He is the current President of the Singaporean Heritage Society.
· Publications include articles "The Moral Condition of Democratic Society" and "The problem of Tradition in Contemporary Singapore", as well as writings on Chinese Singaporeans.
ALFP Research Project: "Modernity, Identity, and Social Memory".
Personal Information: B.A., National University of Singapore, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkely.

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5.Kasian Tejapira (Thailand)

Kasian Tejapira (Thailand) Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University
Work Information: Dr. Kasian has promulgated a sophisticated analysis of Thai cultural politics. His research attempts to underscore the way cultures have been utilized and appropriated in the complex process of Thai identity construction in a globalized world.
ALFP Research Project: "Consuming Thainess: Global Commodities and National Identity".
Personal Information: After graduating from Thammasat University, Dr. Kasian received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University.

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