The special programs at SEASIA 2019 consist of a wide variety of academic and semi-academic presentations beyond the regular panel sessions. The sessions have been selected so as to maximize contributions from both presenters and audience──Southeast Asian academics and students as well as professional practitioners and activists who are deeply involved in the respective issues. The roundtable sessions include discussions on religion and disease, prospect of journalism, language development, academic and scholarly publishing, regional lesson, labor and finance, collaboration and resistance of regional policy, community-based disaster management, and, domestic management and international relations of Mahathir Government.

All special programs will take place at the 2nd Conference Room.


   Roundtable 1

Contending Southeast Asian Policies in Asia: Collaboration or Resistance?

(5th Dec.; 13:00-14:30; 2nd Conference Room)

  This panel will compare regional powers’ policies towards Southeast Asia with specific focus on India (Act East Policy), Korea (New Southern Policy), Taiwan (New Southbound Policy) and China (Belt & Road Initiative). Moreover, it will also address strategic response from ASEAN to tackle with major power engagement. The papers presented in this panel would contribute to the special issue on “Asia Polies in Asia” of Asian Journal of Comparative Politics.


 Alan H. Yang (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University)


 Leif-Eric Easley (International Security and Political Economics Division of International Studies, Ewha University; Asan Institute for Policy Studies)

 Ian C.Y. Chen (Institute of Political Science, National Sun Yet-sen University)

 Roger C.F. Liu (Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, FLAME University)

 Dennis D. Trinidad (Assistant Dean for Research and Advanced Studies, College of Liberal Arts; International Studies Department,

 De La Salle University)

 Cheng-Chwee Kuik (Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, National University of Malaysia)


 H.H. Michael Hsiao (Chairman, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University; Chairman, Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation) 


   Roundtable 2

Southeast Asia as the focus of Asia: the practice, professionalism and prospect of journalism in Southeast Asia

(5th Dec.; 14:45-16:15; 2nd Conference Room)

  International news has a high impact on the formation of international knowledge and regional understanding. For the development of Southeast Asia, Southeast Asia News not only presents the image of Southeast Asia, but also the source of popular knowledge about Southeast Asia. With the increasingly frequent economic and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Southeast Asia, how Southeast Asia news is presented in Taiwan need us to pat more attention. This forum will invite Taiwanese journalists and Southeast Asian correspondent to share their experiences, challenges and opportunities in reporting on Southeast Asia issues. From the practical experience of international news, we will see the future and new knowledge of Southeast Asia. This roundtable will focus on the following topics: 1.Current status and problems of news reports in Southeast Asia; 2.Experience sharing in Southeast Asia news interviews; 3.How do Southeast Asian news go professional?; 4.The Significance and Vision of Southeast Asia News for the Future of Taiwan Society; 5.Southeast Asia News' Significance and Vision for Southeast Asia to Go International.


 Hua Yang (Deputy Director of TVBS channel) & Chunyen Chang (Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National Chi Nan University)


 Michael Yu (Adviser of the Association of the Taiwan Journalists)


 Guangwei Peng (Senior reporter of Sanli International)

 Tingting Liu (TVBS political reporter, former Phoenix Satellite TV reporter based in Singapore)

 Victoria Jen (Correspondent of Singapore Channel NewsAsia based in Taiwan)

 Lemon Chan (Director of Editorial Center, NOWnews)


   Roundtable 3:

Academic and Scholarly Publishing in Asia: Open Access, Digital Platforms, and Citation Indexes

(5th Dec.; 16:35-18:00; 2nd Conference Room)

  Worldwide issues and problems have never been so closer to home than in any age. Interconnectedness has never been more real than today, which just means that we now have the technology to speak to anyone in any part of the world. But are ideas traveling as fast? Have our conversations been truly global, or even just regional? And are these ideas, whether new or revisited, backed by research and evidence? Academic and scholarly publishing is at the base of this knowledge building and informed policy making Are academic and university presses in Asia learning from each other and equitably sharing fresh perceptive insights and radical hope based on new knowledge and science? How are Asia’s academic and scholarly publishers grappling with major issues such as open access and other digital platforms, distribution and citation indexes?


 Peter Schoppert (National University of Singapore Press)

 Trasvin Jittidecharak (Silkworm Press and Mekong Press)

 Narumi Shitara (Editorial Office Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

 Maria Karina A. Bolasco (Ateneo De Manila University Press)


   Roundtable 4:

Religion and Disease: Hansen's Disease in Southeast Asia

(6th Dec.; 09:00-10:30; 2nd Conference Room)

  The history of medicine and disease is a growing field of inquiry in Southeast Asian studies. The initiatives of the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia (HOMSEA) have helped further this multidisciplinary field in terms of the conferences that it has hosted and the publications that resulted from these undertakings. But perhaps it is this recent interest on the subject that has inadvertently sidelined academic interest on Hansen’s Disease (HD) in the region. It could also be that research interest on HD in Southeast Asian studies may also be attributed to its low epidemiological episodes in comparison to other diseases, such as cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, to name a few.

This panel is composed of scholars whose papers were mostly selected from the current HD project in Southeast Asia. It proposes to address the research gap on HD and further expand the scope of Southeast Asian studies through an examination of the links between religion and HD in selected Southeast Asian countries, taking into consideration that the initial impetuses for its study was driven by religious, health, and humanitarian considerations.


 Maria Serena I. Diokno (University of the Philippines Diliman)


 Maria Eloisa de Castro (University of Santo Tomas)

 Hoirun Nisa (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta)

 Kanya Wattanagun (Thai Studies Center, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University)


   Roundtable 5:

CSEAS & JCI joint panel: Navigating a New Course in Domestic Management and International Relations after by the Post - 2018 Mahathir Government

(6th Dec.; 10:50-12:20; 2nd Conference Room)

  UMNO, the party that ruled Malaysia for 60 years, was replaced on 9 May 2018 by an opposition coalition that was united by Mohamad Mahathir, who promised a "New Malaysia". This panel will assess the performance of "New Malaysia" after one-year in attempting to forge a new course in economic management and in foreign engagement. Malaysia has revamped its government investment program and launched a new foreign policy regarding the acceptance of UN-passed agreements (e.g. human rights) and the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. How successful? And what new policies to expect?


 Woo Wing Thye (Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Sunway University)


 Wong Chin Huat (Jeffrey Cheah Institute onSoutheast Asia, Sunway University)

 Mohamad Khalid (Economic Advisor to PrimeMinister of Malaysia)

 Wan Saiful (Education Funding Board of Malaysia)

 Tsukasa Iga (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

 Yusuke Murakami (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)


   Roundtable 6:

Indigenous/Local Knowledge and Community Based Disaster Management: A dialogue between Taiwan and Philippines

(6th Dec.; 13:20-14:50; 2nd Conference Room)

  It has been acknowledged that collaborating indigenous/local knowledge and modern science to enhance the abilities of human societies is one of the key points in dealing with the increasing environmental issues. To achieve such a collaboration, the role of community is very important. Aiming to reveal the experiences of community involvement in disaster management, this roundtable discussion invites community and NGO representatives from both Taiwan and Philippines. The cases to be presented include the communities in the mountain areas (Tayal people in Taiwan, and Ifugao people in Philippines), as well as the communities in the coastal areas ( the village in Orchid Island of Taiwan, and the Tinambac Municipal in the San Miguel Bay of Philippines ). The discussants will share their experience in: 1) interpreting local/indigenous ecological knowledge; 2) mobilizing community participation; and 3) incorporating the government’s disaster management regime. Furthermore, this roundtable discussion will seek for the possibility to establish a community-based, cross-cultural network for mutual support and continuous experience sharing.


 Da-Wei Kuan (Taiwan-Philippines Science and Technology Innovation Center for Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge and Sustainability Studies, National ChengChi University)


 Yapit Tali (Association for Sustainable Development of Tayal Communities)

 Marion Abiog Ramirez (Naga City People's Council)

 Napoleon Taguiling (Ifugao State University, Philippines)

 Syaman Lamuran (Tao Foundation, Orchid Island)


 Alan H. Yang (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University)


   Roundtable 7:

Teaching and Studying Southeast Asia: Lessons from the Region (I) (II)

(6th Dec.; 2nd Conference Room) 

(I)15:10-16:40 (II)17:00-18:30

  The main idea of organizing this special workshop is to invite colleagues of SEASIA institutions and regional counterparts of CSEAS to share with the state of art of Southeast Asian Studies in regional countries and share his/her experience on teaching Southeast Asia in different national contexts. This workshop would focus on the traditional wisdom from senior scholars and the innovative practice from young faculties. The panelist would share the subject matters of SEA studies in different national contexts; innovative methodology of teaching SEA; and personal insights on the challenges and prospect of teaching SEA.


 H.H. Michael Hsiao (Chairman, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University; Chairman, Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation)

  Session I: Teaching SEA in Asia

 (1) Lessons from Indonesia;

 Dr. Baiq Lekar Sinayang Wahyu Wardhani (Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Airlangga)

 (2) Lessons from Thailand;

 Dr. Mukda Pratheepwatanawong (Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University)

 (3) Lessons from Japan;

 Dr. Julius Bautista (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

 (4) Lessons from Taiwan;

 Dr. Alan H. Yang (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University)

 (5) Lessons from India;

 Dr. Roger C. F. Liu (Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies, FLAME University)

  Session II: Innovation and Challenge of Teaching SEA in National Contexts

 (1) Muslim studies in Taiwan;

 Dr. Syuan-yuan Chiou (Department of Sociology, National Chengchi University)

 (2) Border Studies in Southeast Asia;

 Prof. Po-Yi Hung (National Taiwan University)

 (3) Trans-gender Studies;

 Prof. Okamoto Masaaki (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)


   Roundtable 8:

CSEAS & JCI joint panel: Growth, Labor and Finance in Southeast Asia -in light of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

(7th Dec.; 09:00-10:30; 2nd Conference Room)

  This panel would discuss on economic growth and development issue in Southeast Asia. Through each presentation, we would argue the significance and challenges of the concepts contained in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the reference of reality in Southeast Asia. Issues of labor, migration, environment and finance will be discussed. The panel is jointly organized and financed under the joint research program of Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University in Japan and Jaffry Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Sunway University in Malaysia.


 Fumiharu Mieno (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)


 Shandre Mugan Thangavelu (Jeffry Cheah Institute, Sunway University & The University of Adelaide)

 Euston Quah (Nanyang Technological University)

 Katsuo Kogure (Aizu University)

 Woo Wing Thye (Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Sunway University)

 Shigeyuki Abe (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University & Jeffry Cheah Institute, Sunway University)


   Roundtable 9:

NCNU Workshop: Language in Southeast Asia

(7th Dec.; 10:50-12:20; 2nd Conference Room)

In the past decade, we witnessed the popularization of Southeast Asian language courses in Taiwan’s higher education. Besides, civil society’s awareness of the significance of Southeast Asia’s rising facilitated the policy of taking Southeast Asian language as a second language in Taiwan’s high schools. National Chi nan University (NCNU) is the only university possesses a comprehensive Southeast Asian teaching and research system in Taiwan. The Ministry of Education entrusts NCNU to operate the Taiwan Southeast Asian Language Education Center (TSALEC) as a hub to improve the multi-dimensional development of Southeast Asian language education, i.e. teaching capacity building, professional curriculum development, and sophistication of proficiency tests.


 Pei-Hsiu Chen (College of Humanities, National Chi nan University)


 Wan-Hsian Chi (Master Program in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, CNU)

    Sudjidtraa Li (Department of Southeast Asian Studies, NCNU)

    Johnny Li (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, NCNU)


Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University

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