Activity Report (1999) Part 2  I. Increasing Mutual Understanding and Tolerance for Diversity

Center of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
Hong Kong Studies: Post-Graduate Studies Development Scheme
April 18 - 19, 2000, Hong Kong, China

¥ 2,713,200
The international symposium on Hong Kong studies was held for post-graduate students and those with the degrees, based on the idea that Hong Kong studies have significance to the international and academic development of Asian studies as a whole, since the geographical microcosm has become a node in the region. During the two-day symposium, 20 post-graduate students from China, UK, USA, Australia, France and Japan presented the fruits of their studies which covered a wide range of topics such as everyday life, film and visual art, music and drama.
The young scholars actively discussed these topics and received comments from well-established scholars.


Japan Association for Asian Political and Economic Studies (Japan)
International Symposium on Structural Change and International Relations of Contemporary China - 50th Anniversary of People's Republic of China.
October 30 - 31, 1999, Tokyo, Japan

¥ 2,340,172
The purpose of this interdisciplinary symposium was to present to the public the outcome of the comprehensive study project on China which approximately 80 Japanese scholars in the field of Chinese studies had conducted for three years since 1996. Professionals from Singapore, India, China, Taiwan, USA and Korea joined the presentation and discussion on "Creation and Unification of the Peoples in Asia," "Asia's Financial Crisis: Now and Then," and "State System and Society in China." On the 2nd day, the special session on "50 years of People's Republic of China and the Asian-Pacific" was held. The event attracted over 300 participants, including scholars and graduate students.


Japan Association for Middle East Studies (Japan)
3rd Conference of Asian Federation of Middle Eastern Studies Associations (AFMA): "Islam in Asia: Perspectives from Middle Eastern Studies"
May 15 - 16, 1999, Tokyo, Japan

¥ 1,632,200
AFMA, which was established to provide a network of scholars in Asian countries, held this conference in an attempt to build a universal paradigm for Islamic studies in the 21st century. With the theme of "Islam in Asia: Perspectives from Middle Eastern Studies," various topics were discussed in a lively manner, while taking a comprehensive view on Islamic power in Asia, including the Islamic relationship between Middle East and Asia, and the integrity and diversity of the Muslim world. The two-day event attracted over 300 participants from Middle East and Asia, ranging from professors, scholars and diplomatic personnel to general citizens..


China and Japan as an Intellectual Community (Japan)
China-Japan as an Intellectual Community
January 5 - 6, 2000, Beijing, China

¥ 2,340,000
This was the 3rd phase of the continuing dialogue in which academics from Japan and China openly share and exchange ideas on the issues that each country is facing, identify and address common agenda, and seek ways to tackle these issues in a collaborative manner. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, "War and Revolution" was chosen as a theme for the symposium in Beijing. Prior to the event, participants had preliminary study sessions in each country to discuss the significance to the Asian region of the Sino-Japanese war and the Chinese, and to re-access the meaning of having this kind of dialogue among leading intellectuals of the two countries.


Research Committee for the Intercultural Study of Modern East Asia (Japan)
Study of an Analytical Scheme for the Intercultural Study of Modern East Asia
June 18, 1999, Fukuoka, Japan; October 15, 1999, Seoul, Korea;
March 11 - 12, 2000, Kyoto, Japan

¥ 2,036,000
Scholars from China, Korea and Japan collaborated to create a common scheme for analyzing modern East Asian literature. Acknowledging the fact that the countries have made little comparative study on East Asia's modern literature, while sharing many common issues, researchers and scholars from the three countries held these symposia, and held presentations and discussions on their study papers, including "Impact of the West and response of the East," "Nationalism in East Asia: war, colonization and national sentiments," and "Changes in the family system and women's liberation in modern East Asia."


Traces East Asian Committee (Japan)
Searching for the Traces of "Others" in Ourselves: Conditions and Practices for Intellectual Exchange in East Asia
June 26 - 28, 1999, Beijing, China; December 15 - 16, 1999, Fukuoka, Japan

¥ 2,453,000
Traces, a multilingual journal of cultural theory and translation, calls for comparative cultural theory that is attentive to global traces in the theoretical knowledge produced at specific locations and that explores how theories are themselves constituted in, and transformed by, practical social relations at diverse sites. It aims to initiate a different level of intellectual conversation and debate in East Asia and the world. In order to activate exchanges and debates among authors for the publication, symposia and workshops were held in Beijing and Fukuoka under the themes of "Specters of the West and the Politics of Translation" and "Race Panic and the Memory of Migration." (The workshops were supported by and held at Cornel University, Ithaca, NY, USA.) An editorial meeting was held back to back with the Beijing symposium. The dialogue of the symposia was published in the first and the second volumes of the journal.


Asian Research Center for Migration (ARCM), Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
Thai Migrant Workers in Southeast and East Asia: the Prospects for Thailand's Migration
Policy in the Light of the Regional Economic Recession

¥ 2,657,760
This is the 2nd year of the project to investigate, in a comparative and interdisciplinary way, the current status of migration from Thailand to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Participants in this project were social scientists, legal experts, and economists from the five countries. Case studies were conducted in the relevant participating countries on the recruitment system for Thai workers, the network supporting the system, the legal regulations and administrative procedures applied in Thailand and in the receiving countries, the Thai workers' impact on the home country and the destinations, employees' working and living conditions, and the impact upon communities and families. The study findings were presented at workshops, and the final report was produced to compare and analyze each of the case studies.


Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)
International Colloquium on Southeast Asian Prehistory in the 3rd Millennium
October 26 - 30, 1999, Penang, Malaysia

¥ 1,366,685
The aims of this colloquium were to form an Association of Southeast Asia Pre-historians that has been much needed since the 1982 committee meeting, as well as to identify the current status of Southeast Asian archaeology and to explore its future. Uniting the historians in Southeast Asia is critical as each country in the region relies extensively on its neighbors in studying their pre-history era. During the session, approximately 70 professionals from 17 countries worldwide, mainly from the Asian region, exchanged their views on study trends and methods, seeking to obtain a view to grasp Southeast Asia as one region in terms of pre-historical science. Furthermore, the participants discussed future directions for archaeological development in the region.


Persatuan Sains Sosial Malaysia (Malaysian Social Science Association) (Malaysia)
2nd International Malaysian Studies Conference
August 2 - 4, 1999, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

¥ 1,461,604
The association organized the conference, after the positive feedback to the first event in 1997, in collaboration with the University of Malaya. With more than 150 participants, the three-day event explored the recent and ongoing trends in the scholarly works on Malaysia within the scope of social sciences and humanities. Also drawn up were presentation sessions covering a wide range of topics such as nation building, religion, politics, development, business and economics, and information and technology.


School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)
Conference on Southeast Asian Historiography since 1945
July 30 - August 1, 1999, Penang, Malaysia

¥ 1,241,795
This international conference on the post-World War II historiography in Southeast Asia had about 50 scholars from the region, including those of the younger generation. Intense discussions were undertaken on research trends in each country, writing of local history and locating its source materials, history from the margins, and correlation with other study genres.


Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (India)
Human Sciences and the Asian Experience
February 17 - 20, 2000, Bangalore, India

¥ 2,337,000
This conference aimed to explore the question of how human sciences, as products of Western culture, have fared in Asia, and to find alternative methods and the possibility of re-conceptualizing the human sciences unique to the region. Discussions held among the intellectuals invited from Asia, Europe and USA included the human sciences and contemporary political/cultural problems in Asia, the "Nativist" or "Indigenist" tradition, and human sciences to those in the West.


Centre for Australian Community Organisations and Management, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
Inaugural Asian Third Sector Research Conference.
November 20 - 22, 1999, Bangkok, Thailand

¥ 2,341,674
The purpose of this conference was to bring together, for the first time, experts on Asian area studies who had individually researched the state of the third sector in the region, namely of NGOs, NPOs, voluntary associations, civil societies, philanthropists and volunteers. Following a presentation of the papers proposed and reviewed prior to the event, the conference was opened to active discussion among more than 90 participants from the Asia-Pacific region on "Asia's Third Sector: Exploring the Diversity." The presented papers have been posted on the website of APPIN (Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium Information Network) based at the university.


Faculty of Education and Languages, University of Western Sydney Macarthur (Australia)
Linguistic Survey of East Timor

¥ 2,071,974
This was the 2nd phase of the collaborative project between the University of East Timor and the University of Western Sydney that was launched in 1995, aiming to produce language profiles of selected vernaculars in East Timor. The initial phase of the study focused on gathering linguistic data from the Sydney East Timorese community, as very little had been studied on the local languages, there being no less than 13 distinct languages and numerous dialects. In this phase, professionals in Australia worked with their East Timor counterparts to conduct interviews with native speakers of four East Timor vernaculars: Waimaha, Galoli, Baikenu, and Southern Mambai. Following a comparative study on the sounds and grammar, profiles of each of the languages were produced.

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