Activity Report (1999) Part 2   V. Sustaining the Vitality of Artistic Traditions in Changing Contexts

Fairtrade Promoting Committee (Japan)
Establishment of the Fairtrade Concept

¥ 939,000
Fairtrade is a program to promote equitable trade for the economically and socially disadvantaged in the Third World by promoting their products in industrial developed countries and has been conducted more actively in recent years to preserve and promote traditional culture and to contribute to international cooperation. This was the 2nd phase of the project to set a unified definition and criteria for fair trade and to pool information derived from past experiences as an inevitable step for further prosperity with Fairtrade. Following a study in Nepal, the committee conducted further research in Thailand focusing on specific issues raised during the initial year, such as the preservation and passing down of ethnic identity, empowerment of women, and employment of the poor. In conjunction with the study, a Fairtrade seminar was conducted for staff members of Fairtrade-related organizations, researchers, private companies, and governmental organizations to enhance their awareness and understanding of the Fairtrade program. The seminar report was published in the Japanese, English and Thai languages.

Children and Youth Foundation of the Philippines (Philippines)
Towards a Philippine Indigenous Youth Leadership Training Program

¥ 2,847,551
The objective of this project was to develop and undertake a training program for indigenous young people with ethnic and cultural diversity in the philippines so that they could develop the spirit and skills necessary to play a leading role in their own community, while at the same time making the most of the knowledge and tradition unique to their own groups. After full consultations and a survey, the pilot training program was designed to provide two modules. Module I aims to develop the potential leader's self-confidence as an individual and as a member of an indigenous group. Module II focuses on the new challenges confronting the Philippine communities such as immigration from lowland areas, commercialization, penetration of capitalism, progress in technology, and integration of political systems. The latter module seeks to deepen youth's understanding of the issues and to provide them with the opportunity to reflect on how to respond. A total of 45 potential leaders participated in the training.

Center for Environment, Gender and Development (ENGENDER) (Singapore)
Training Capacity-building and Networking of Southeast Asia Craft Producers: Manuals for Sustainable Livelihoods in a Globalized Economy

¥ 2,000,000
This project followed up the Asia Center-supported project of March 1997 entitled "The Workshop on Fairtrade: Southeast Asian Craft Products in a Globalized Economy" in Vientian, Laos. While the 1997 event was successful in establishing a network to promote fairtrade within Southeast Asia, and in developing the intra-regional market, further needs were detected: information exchange on market strategies for crafts to avoid re-inventing, and a production system to improve and make consistent the quality of the products. To satisfy these needs, ENGENDER set out to work on two training materials, namely a manual on developing craft production for sustainable livelihoods, and a manual on marketing craft products in a globalized economy. It is expected that these references will be utilized for training, as well as for strengthening ties within the craft industry in the region.

Centre de Developement Cultural et des Arts Populaires Khmers (CDCAPK) (Cambodia)
Traveling Small Shadow Theatre

¥ 2,683,438
This is the last phase of the effort to preserve, revive, and pass on to the next generation traditional Cambodian small shadow puppetry (sbek touch). Targeting the children in Siem Reap who are war-dispatched and face with poverty, the project has provided them with an opportunity to appreciate the traditional performing art of Khmer and to be professional performers through training. The achievement to finalize the three-year project involved CDCAPK holding performing shows nationwide, as well as a tour around Japan with the cooperation of such organization as the Cambodian Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and Medecins Sans Frontiers. More performances were scheduled in France from September to October 1999. Overall, the project has contributed to enhancing the tradition of sbek touch, as well as to educating the audience through plays on such issues as human rights and HIV/AIDS. CDCAPK benefited the trainers as well, who had the opportunity to learn teaching skills and to make a living as professional puppet performers.

Natarang Pratishthan (India)
Asian Collaboration on Preservation of Contemporary Theatre Practices
April 11 - 14, 2000, Delhi, India

¥ 2,050,650
Compared to traditional theatrical art, little study has been made of the methods for preserving and documenting contemporary practices. As a result, a large number of creative performances stage in Asia have not fully enjoyed international recognition. To improve this situation, the center set up a project to initiate a dialogue among Asian countries on theatrical documentation methods. The four-day gathering, entitled "Asian Collaborative Workshop on Documentation Methodology " attracted audio-visual specialists, theater study experts, and theater practitioners from Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, India and Japan who exchanged ideas on a wide range of topics. These included the need for recording and documenting the works of notable directors, hardware options, critical analysis of the ongoing methods and trend outlook, various editing methods to meet different usage, and the possibility of exchanging materials between countries.

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