Reports and Proceedings

INTER-ASIA ROUNDTABLE 2012 - Methodological and Conceptual Issues in Cyber Activism Research
Editorial & Production Team: Chua Beng Huat, Sun Jung, Peter Marolt, Jonathan Benney, Tharuka Prematillake, Cynthia Lai, Deborah Chua, Sharon Ong & Valerie Yeo

The Inter-Asia Roundtable is one of ARI’s annual flagship events. Each Roundtable selects and focuses on an area of research that is emergent and/or that has potentially high impact in Asia. This particular roundtable Roundtable on cyber-activism is the fourth in the series and was held on 30-31 August 2012 by ARI’s Cultural Studies in Asia Cluster. The theme of this eventIts theme is partly motivated by the events that have occurred and are occurring around the world and partly by the work of several individuals in ARI on social media, cyber-activism and other modes of Internet activism.

INTER-ASIA ROUNDTABLE 2011 - Recycling Cities
Editorial & Production Team: BUNNELL Tim, MILLER Michelle, MAROLT Peter, LI Hongyan & YEO Valerie

Cities are at once generators of waste of various kinds and key sites for innovative practices of reuse and recycling through which waste products become revalued. The Inter-Asia Roundtable 2011 examined waste practices and products in urban Asia. The framing of the Roundtable included, but also extended beyond, conventional definitions of recycling (as making new products using materials from waste products). As such, ‘recycling cities’ also meant new uses of existing urban space and material fabric as well as ways in which urban models, ideas and cultural practices are reworked over time.

Held on 1-2 August, the two-day Roundtable was comprised of five panels, each consisting of two sessions (one revolving around a presentation by an invited speaker and comments from two discussants, and the other an open discussion). The three presentations on the first day zoomed in on the recycling of specific material products in Asian cities: (1) Plastics, (2) E-Waste, and (3) Water. On the second day, the remaining two presentations considered practices of urban recycling, focusing on: (4) Informal Recycling Practices and (5) Sustainable Urbanism. This booklet includes the five papers, comments from two discussants on each of the papers and a summary of each of the five open discussion sessions.

INTER-ASIA ROUNDTABLE 2010 - Transnational Migration and Children in Asian Contexts
Editorial & Production Team: LAI Ah Eng, ABUBAKAR Saharah & YEO Valerie

The ARI Inter-Asia Roundtable series is the annual flagship event of the Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore. Transnational Migration and Children in Asian Contexts is the theme of the second in the series, held on 2-3 August 2010 by ARI’s Asian Migration Cluster.

Why the theme of transnational migration and children in Asian contexts? Transnational migration has long affected the lives of Asian children in complex and multi-faceted ways. Under the most recent waves of globalization, the speed, volume and flows of Asian migration have increased tremendously. Migration has become part of the childhood experience of many of the region’s children. Yet there has been relatively little academic interest in the phenomenon as it relates to Asian children and childhoods. This Roundtable is an attempt to address this imbalance and to point to ways of understanding, researching and impacting Asian children involved.

The Inter-Asia Roundtable on Transnational Migration and Children in Asian Contexts also takes up the challenge of developing diverse and critical accounts of children in migratory circumstances which capture the diversity of regional experiences in Asia, and in so doing, destabilises the intellectual and practical hegemony of well-honed western models of children on the move. While giving serious consideration to the view best developed in western-based research that children have social agency and can no longer be treated as adults-in-waiting, the Roundtable also emphasizes the interplay between structural construction of children’s identities and agency on the one hand and situated practices in real-world contexts on the other.

The 2010 Roundtable features five thematic panels, each focusing on a different group of children: left-behind children of migrant parentes; children migrating for education; children migrating for work; trafficked children; and children adopted across national borders. A special concluding session on Policy was also included, given the significance of policy recommendations and implications of child migration.

Three publications are the outcomes of the Roundtable: a Policy Brief, issued as an in-house publication of the ARI Inter-Asia Roundtable Series 2011; a ‘Conference Report: Inter-Asia Roundtable on Transnational Migration and Children in Asian Contexts’, in Children’s Geographies, 2011; and a Special Issue on Transnational Migration and Children in Asian Contexts, Children's Geographies, 2011.

INTER-ASIA ROUNDTABLE 2009 - Gender Relations in the 21st Century Asian Family
Editorial & Production Team: JONES Gavin W, DOMMARAJU Premchand, ZHANG Yanxia, CHUA Deborah & YEO Valerie

The 2009 Inter-Asia Roundtable was the first of its kind in the Asia Research Institute (ARI), and is scheduled to become an annual event. Its format was based on the concern that there is little dialogue across the major regions of Asia—East, South and Southeast Asia—concerning major social issues, largely because it is often felt that that there are such wide differences between these regions that there may be little in common to discuss. However, this year’s Roundtable, entitled ‘Gender Relations in the 21st Century Asian Family’, proved that there are enough common areas of interest to make a dialogue among participants from all regions a very stimulating event.

The Roundtable was held on 17–18 August 2009. It brought together theoreticians and researchers working on the family in different parts of Asia to examine recent trends in the field of family studies, factors affecting family change, and convergences and divergences across and within regions of Asia. Discussions were based on three papers and three brief discussion starters. The participants in the Roundtable, who are listed at the back of this document, were chosen for their strong theoretical foundation and grounded experience in one country or region, and their capacity to think and theorise beyond one country, region or discipline. There were also a further 22 observers, who were able to participate fully in the discussions.

This booklet includes the three papers, a summary of the discussion following each paper, and a summary of the discussion in the three open discussion sessions on marriage, divorce and inter-generational relations, respectively.

International Conference on Economic Stress, Human Capital, and Families in Asia: Research and Policy Challenges
This report is compiled in August 2010 by Jean Yeung, Sahara Abubakar, Brian Yeung & Valerie Yeo

The changing demographic landscape, globalization, natural disasters, financial crises, and the revamping of social safety nets in many Asian countries in the past few decades have subjected countless people to economic stress. Job and income loss, volatile gasoline and food prices, and growing residential insecurity top the list of sources of family economic stress in recent years. The ability of families and governments to adapt to changes in the economy has long lasting implications for human capital development, intergenerational mobility and future economic growth of a society. This conference provides a forum for researchers, policy makers, and practioners to share findings about the consequences of economic stress, adaptation behaviour, and the policy implications for human capital development and family well-being in Asia.

Fatherhood in 21st Century Asia - Research, Interventions, and Policies
This report is compiled in August 2010 by Jean Yeung, Sahara Abubakar, Brian Yeung & Valerie Yeo

This conference will provide a platform for scholars and policy makers to discuss issues related to the trend, determinants, and consequences of father involvement, as well as policies and interventions that engage men in family lives in Asia. We aim to gain a better understanding about (1) the nature of Asian men’s diverse roles and challenges they face in becoming involved in their children’s lives, (2) diverse policies and practice-based interventions related to fatherhood in Asian countries.

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