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Anchalee Chaiworaporn (Thailand Fellow Year 2003-2004) contributed a chapter of "Moving Up - Women Directors and Southeast Asian Cinema", to a book entitled Celluloid Ceiling: Women Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through. The book features new voices in Japanese and Middle Eastern cinema and highlights rising women directors alongside ground-breaking pioneers in the 21st century. This collection of essays also explores the rise of the independent film sector.

Dicky Sofjan (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007-2008) published three books. First, a 336-page book entitled Sejarah dan Budaya Syiah di Asia Tenggara (History and Culture of the Shias in Southeast Asia) that comprises fifteen articles in Bahasa Indonesia. The book analyzes the arrival of the Shia Muslims and their long-term presence and influence in the region. It explores little-known knowledge about how Persian Shia intellectual traditions and practices have influenced Southeast Asian governance and cultural practices, literature, rituals and community festivities. The contributors included Indonesian scholars from five different provinces in Indonesia and experts in the field from Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Iran. The other two bilingual (English and Bahasa Indonesia) publications are a two-set monograph entitled Religion and Television in Indonesia: Ethics Surrounding Dakwahtainment, which provides a critical review and lucid assessment of the dakwahtainment (Islamic televangelism) industry in post-reform Indonesia. It discusses how Islamic propagation (dakwah) is complexly intertwined with the entertainment industry amid the backdrop of an increasingly materialistic, nihilistic and voyeuristic culture in Indonesia. The work stemmed from a research project, in which Dicky examined the highly popular Islamic televangelism programs from a normative ethical viewpoint. The monograph was published by the Geneva-based Globethics.net, an organization that promotes the study of ethics from intellectual traditions throughout the world. The publication can be downloaded for free at Globethics.net.

Yeoh Seng Guan (Malaysia Senior Fellow 2005-2006) was the editor of The Other Kuala Lumpur: Living in the Shadows of a Globalising Southeast Asian City, published in January 2014.

Synopsis: Kuala Lumpur, like many Southeast Asian cities, has changed very significantly in the last two or three decades – expanding in size, and becoming more modern and global in outlook. For many people these changes represent “progress” and “development”. This book, however, focuses on the more marginalized residents of Kuala Lumpur. Among others, it considers street hawkers and vendors, refugees, the urban poor, religious minorities and a gender/sexuality rights group, to explore how their everyday lives have been adversely affected by these recent changes. The book shows how urban renewal, the law and ethno-religious nationalism can work against these groups in Malaysia’s capital city. For further details see: www.tandfindia.com/books/details/9780415730860/

Nadarajah Manickam (Malaysia Senior Fellow Year 2005-2006)’s new book "Living Pathways: Meditations on sustainable cultures and cosmologies in Asia” was released in January 2014 by Areca Books. 

In 2005, Nadarajah embarked on a journey into the heart of Asia to research culturally embedded notions of sustainable development, or more accurately, sustainability. He met with the indigenous communities of the Henanga, Ainu, Lanna, Karen, Kankanaey, Balinese and several others. These cultures reside far from the problems of mainstream development, both physically and spiritually. Their lifestyles incorporate philosophies of interconnectedness, the sacredness of nature, and the continuity of Past, Present and Future. Rather than offer notions of sustainable development, these life-affirming philosophies pave pathways towards a deep sustainability. “Living Pathways” offers its readers a chance to meditate upon important questions and consider ways of being that we have not paid enough attention to or have disregarded completely. It reflects upon the meaningful directions that could be taken towards the socially-engaged spiritual paths well-trodden by sustainable communities. Above all, it presents the reader with a picture of the world we live in, and the world as it could be, if we passionately and mindfully choose to make it happen. (Source: arecabooks.com)

PUBLICATION >> 2013

Toshiyuki Doi (Japan Fellow Year 2011 – 2012) consolidated his knowledge and research findings from his API Fellowship period into an Information Packet entitled “Nature and Our Future: The Mekong Basin and Japan”, a product of “Green Mekong Initiative citizens’ publication and citizen proposals regarding conservation of Mekong Basin ecosystems making active use of traditional natural resource management”.  The information packet consists of two parts: 1) briefing papers presenting the Mekong River’s environment and natural resources, the impacts of development, people’s resource utilization, alternative local initiatives, and experiences in Japan. 2) a collection of videos that depict the natural environment, which is valued by the people living in the Mekong basin and also represents their livelihood. More information: www.mekongwatch.org.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram (API Malaysia Fellow Year 2001 – 2002) recently launched “MALAYSIA@50: Economic Development, Distribution, Disparities”, which he co-authored with Wee Chong Hui.The book is about Malaysia’s growth and changes since the country was formed on September 16, 1963, such as development policies drafted in response to national as well as international developments. The book also looks at how public policy has been influenced by, and has influenced, economic distribution, public finance and economic federalism. Discussions on government taxation, spending and distribution implications are included. This book is published and distributed worldwide by World Scientific Publishing. (Source:amazon.com)

Zaw Aung (Myanmar Fellow Year 2013 – 2014) launched a book in May 2013 in Burmese titled “Ka Lone Htar Water Reservoir and Social Justice (Dawei Deep Seaport and Special Economic Zone Project)”. The book is funded by the Ka Lone Htar Village Development Committee, and distributed throughout Dawei and Yangon.

Synopsis: Myanmar’s government shifted from authoritarian military rule to democratic governance in 2011. To rebuild the nation was isolated by Western sanctions, the democratically elected government believed that industrialization was the key to economic growth. The government initiated economic reforms to open up the economy and to seek foreign direct investments for industrial growth. However, the country is facing growing social movements against state-led industrial development projects. One contentious area is the water resource governance policies and practices that create conflicts between industrial development projects and the sustainable agricultural livelihoods of rural communities. Myanmar’s reforms also broadened the democratic space, giving rise to social movements devoted to environmental and social justice, creating a new dynamism that is so new, hardly any proper research studies have been done. This book researched the linkage between water governance and grassroots social movements through the case study of the Ka Lone Htar Reservoir, which is one of the key components of the “Dawei Deep Seaport and Special Economic Zone” located in the southern coastal region of Myanmar. The research found that the decision to exclude the local agrarian society in the industrial development process generated social instability, along with a land and water grab that led to the rise of social movements in Myanmar.

Yuria Furusawa (Japan Fellow Year 2011-2012) co-authored a bilingual English & Japanese guidebook on Philippine art entitled "Philippine Art Guidebook: Museums & Galleries in Manila", Published by Philippine Art Guidebook Project. The guidebook features 50 museums and art galleries in Metro Manila and its nearby areas including Antipolo and the artistic town of Angono. This book also contains articles on the Philippine art scene such as interviews to artists and curators, and short columns on Philippine culture.

For more information, please visit: http://www.philippineart.michikusa.jp/

Ninoy Balgos (Philippines Fellow Year 2010 – 2011) contributed in Gender &
Development publication. His article, “The warias of Indonesia in disaster risk
reduction: the case of the 2010 Mt Merapi eruption in Indonesia” was part of his API
project activities in Indonesia.

Abstract: The article discusses the vulnerability, marginalisation, and capacity of
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in facing natural hazards.
As a case study, this paper highlights the response of warias, members of the
LGBT community in Indonesia, during the 2010 Mt. Merapi eruption. Through
interviews and observation of warias-led relief operations in several evacuation
sites in Yogyakarta and Central Java, the paper highlights the contributions warias
have made in disaster risk reduction (DRR) despite the marginalization and
discrimination against them. The paper argues that their needs and capacities should
be acknowledged in DRR policies and practice.


Sol Santos (API Philippines Senior Fellow Year 2009-2010) co-edited a book
entitled "Jess Robredo: Proud Nagueño Memories". Set to launch on January 19, 2013 at Powerbooks Greenbelt 4, Makati City, the Philippines, the book is a collection of prose and poetry about Robredo from his wife Atty. Leni Robredo, daughter Tricia Robredo, his eldest brother Butch Robredo, his high-school teachers Fe Lanuza Olin and Rose Ora’s-Fuentes, among others.

In the introduction the editors explain that the book is, “collage —of what Jess was to
the people of our provincial city, whom he was proud of, whom he served well, whom
he loved, and who loved him in return. We believe this presents a fair, if not good,
Nagueño perspective of Jess.”

The book begins with a timeline of Robredo’s life: from his birth and early
education in Naga up to his graduation from De La Salle University, Manila and his
Masteral studies in Public Administration at Harvard University Kennedy School
of Government. Professionally, he worked for San Miguel Corporation and after
the Aquino assassination, he started working for the government as Mayor of Naga
City and as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government until his
tragic death on August 18, 2012. Robredo received several awards like the Ramon
Magsaysay Award for government service in 2000.

Editor Doods Santos, also known as Paz Verdades M. Santos, is a professor at the
Department of Literature at De La Salle University in Manila while; Soliman Santos
is a practicing human rights lawyer and peace advocate. Both are proud Nagueños.

Source: http://www.anvilpublishing.com/2012/12/jess-robredo-proud-nagueno-memories-launch-on-dec-8-330-p-m-at-at-the-fernando-hall-of-the-ateneo-de-naga-university/

PUBLICATION >> 2011-2012

Rajeswari Kanniah (Malaysia Fellow Year 2003 - 2004) got her book “Breeders vs. Farmers: The Contest for Rights over Plant Varieties in Selected Asian Countries” published by VDM Verlag Dr. M?ller on March 4, 2011.

Abstract: When India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand became members of the World Trade Organization, they adopted the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), obligating them to enact laws to protect rights over plant varieties.  Kanniah’s book critically examines the plant variety protection laws of these five countries in the context of these international treaties and how private property rights are balanced with measures to conserve biological diversity. Plant variety protection laws are not typical intellectual property laws and encompass a conflation of national interests with international obligations.

Yeoh Seng Guan (Malaysia Fellow Year 2005 -2006)’s article entitled, 'In Defence of the Secular? Islamisation, Christians and (New) Politics in Urbane Malaysia', was published in Asian Studies Review, March 2011, Vol. 35, pp. 83-103

Abstract: Besides the clarion call for a "new politics" by opposition political parties, a significant catalyst that arguably swayed Christian electoral choices in the landmark Malaysian general elections of March 2008 was the counsel by religious leaders to safeguard "the secular state". This action was prompted by recent high profile controversial legal cases that were perceived to be a serious erosion of the freedom of religion clause guaranteed in the secularist Federal Constitution. In this essay, I not only examine the recent antecedents of this course of action but also delve into the more distant past in order to draw out how the apparently impervious categories of "religion" and the "secular" have been implicated in the structuring of social and political imaginaries in Malaysia.

Shanthi Thambiah (Malaysia Fellow Year 2008 - 2009) contributed to a book “Multiethnic Malaysia: Past Present and Future”.  Her chapter was on “The Paradoxes of Diversity and Commonality in Identity Formation: The Ethnicisation of the Bhuket of Sarawak”. The book, edited by Lim Teck Ghee, Alberto Gomes and Azly Rahman, discusses how a people with no primordial sense of ethnicity became an ethnic group by embracing inclusiveness as their ethnic logic. Thambiah’s chapter introduces the Bhuket - their history and migration, political-economic upheavals and colonial interventions and the persistence of their cultural category “Punan”, the hunter-gatherer. The discussion moves from identity formation at the societal level to the micro level of what it means to be a Bhuket.

Muhammad Salleh (Malaysia Fellow Year 2002 - 2003) launched Tautan, (Verkn?pfungen), a new anthology of poems in German and Bahasa Malaysia. It features 100 poems written by Malaysian and German literary writers and poets over the past 50 years. Muhammad Salleh's works are also included in the book. Goethe University Frankfurt's Southeast Asian Studies department led a team of 15 Malaysian and German translators to produce the volume. The training for translators by the University over the past four years strongly improved the skills and quality of the translation.

Kokaew Wongphan (Thailand Fellow Year 2004 - 2005)’s recent article “Local Printed Media in Indonesia” was published as a cover story on “Rusamilae Journal” Vol. 32 issue 2 (May - August 2011).The Journal is a publication of the Prince Songkla University, Patani Campus.

Abstract: The article aims to explore the origin, role and the growth of local printed media in Indonesia in relation to the qualitative development of the society and Indonesian culture. These would also help reflect Thailand’s media business.

TITLE: Bureaucratic Reforms in Four ASEAN Countries
Author: Prijono Tjiptoherijanto (API Indonesia Fellow Year 2007 - 2008) and Astrid Meilasari-Sugiana
Publisher: Kosa Kata Kita, Universitas Bakrie (Jakarta), 2011
ISBN: 978-602-89-6621-4