RESEARCH ON WELLNESS AND ILLNESS, TRANSPORT HISTORY, BURMESE DEMOCRATIZATION

The Asian Studies Association of the Philippines (Asia-Phil) in cooperation with the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS) cordially invites you to the presentation of preliminary research findings by three scholars.

Date: 7 March 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 3:30 - 6:20 p.m.
Venue: LH 306 (Third floor, Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall)
 

These scholars are the successful recipients of research grants from Asia-Phil for 2012-2013.

Program:

3:30 to 4:20: Francisco A. Magno, Ph.D. (faculty, De La Salle
University), “Democratization in Burma: The role of diaspora communities”

4:30 to 5:20: Arnel E. Joven, Ph.D. (faculty, University of Asia and the Pacific), “Perceptions of wellness and illness in urban East Asia: A survey of culture-based notions of health in Japan.”

5:30 to 6:20: Michael D. Pante (faculty, Ateneo de Manila University), “The motor vehicle as metaphor: Viewing modern Singapore through its transport history”

Abstracts:

Francisco A. Magno, Ph.D. (faculty, De La Salle University), “Democratization in Burma: The role of diaspora communities”

The government of Burma was heavily controlled by the military in the post-colonial period until the opening up of democratic space following the elections in 2010. Why is democratization happening despite the strong efforts of the military to monopolize power over the last six decades? What are the factors that are shaping the political transition in Burma? Why is the democratic space widening in Burma despite the serious efforts by the state to control civil society and information exchange? One of the key factors that are driving change is the diaspora communities that are spread out in various parts of the world. It is interesting to assess how these exiled communities actually helped and contributed in the democratization process of the country, and to find out the tools and avenues through which such efforts are channeled. Information and communications technology (ICT) has becomes a potent weapon of civil society, including those operating inside the country and the network of diaspora communities engaged in the collaborative process to foster democratization.

Arnel E. Joven, Ph.D. (faculty, University of Asia and the Pacific), “Perceptions of wellness and illness in urban East Asia: A survey of culture-based notions of health in Japan.”

This research looks at how Japanese living in the cities view health and illness.  It seems apparent that Japanese urbanites look at their bodies in light of western scientific medicine.  However, East Asian perspective on medicine and disease is still predominantly determined by traditional Chinese medicine and indigenous cosmological models.  This study seeks to identify the extent of how these perspectives are culture-bound and how such is manifested in the daily experiences of wellness and/or illness among urban Japanese.  In this regard, these threads are identified through analysis of extensive case studies in Nagoya and Tokyo.  The choice of the two cities presents a wider scope of analysis as well as provides geographic points of political, economic, and cultural comparison.

Michael D. Pante (faculty, Ateneo de Manila University), “The motor vehicle as metaphor: Viewing modern Singapore through its transport history”

        This research project traces the historical development of motor vehicle transportation in Singapore throughout the twentieth century. It begins with an investigation of Singapore’s changing urban transport system towards the end of the nineteenth century that saw the introduction of the automobile into the city-state. In the early twentieth century, the motor vehicle became a symbol of Western imperialism: as the port of Singapore became the world’s largest supplier of rubber for the manufacture of tires, the city also became an important consumer of the end product in the form of motor vehicles. The aftermath of the Second World War, however, led to important changes. Japan’s postwar “economic miracle” became visible in the shift in motor vehicle consumption in Singapore: Fords and Rovers took the backseat behind the new industry leaders Toyota and Nissan. As the country joined the community of independent nations in 1965 and became one of the so-called Newly Industrialized Countries of Asia in the 1970s, the motor vehicle industry also took center stage in the country’s economic strategy of Import-Substitution Industrialization. Given these parallel shifts, it can be argued that the trajectory of the motor vehicle industry in the twentieth century mirrored the course of Singapore’s modern history.

Please confirm attendance through acas@admu.edu.ph