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York Centre for Asian Research Update                             Issue 13, Wednesday, May 11, 2005

YCAR Director attends World Aquaculture Conference in Bali, Indonesia 

Peter Vandergeest, YCAR Director, is attending the World Aquaculture Conference from May 9-13, 2005 at the Bali International Convention Centre in Indonesia. The event marks the Annual International Meeting of World Aquaculture Society and Indonesia Fish sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesian Fisheries and Aquaculture Societies and State Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Left: Peter Vandergeest in one of his project site visits in Southeast Asia.

One of the highlights of the presentations "Global Shrimp Farming Status, Trends, and Strategies" discusses the major issues facing the global shrimp farming business such as the tsunami, declining price trends, as well as technological advances. Other environmental, social and food safety issues are also considered as well as the emerging process of certifying aquaculture facilities that apply best management practices. 

The conference showcases Indonesian aquaculture and draws on scientists and experts from the Asia-Pacific region, Canada, USA, Latin America, Europe and the rest of the world. The event also includes an international trade show that provides the latest products and services for the aquaculture industry. This venue promises to provide the most important gathering of farmers and aquaculturists in Asia this year. 

ABMP Director conducts research on democratization in China

Bernie Frolic, director of the Asian Business and Management Programme (ABMP) and York University professor emeritus, is in China until the end of June conducting research on democratization in the PRC.  He is working with the Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa to gather data and to make preliminary arrangements for a conference to be held at York in the Fall of 2005.  In conjunction with this research he will be meeting with senior civil servants in a number of ministries as part of the Fall 2005-Spring 2006 planning for the ABMP and the China Management Training Programme (CMTP). 

Right: Bernie Frolic in one of his official visits to Shanghai, China.

For more information please contact Maire O'Brien, CMTP director at (416)736-2100 ext. 60344 or email her at

Call for Papers for CCSEAS Conference on Revisioning Southeast Asia - Due May 15, 2005

Reminder: Papers and panel sessions are invited for the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS) biennial Conference on the theme of Re-visioning Southeast Asia : Conflicts, Connections and Vulnerabilities on October 14-16, 2005 at York University. All submissions, panel or individual, must be received no later than May 15, 2005 . Please ensure all files are saved as RTF (rich text format), Word, or WordPerfect files if submitted as attachments. Please forward your submission to the CASA conference program Committee at and/or .

Peter Vandergeest, Lisa Drummond, Keith Barney, Steve Dery, Judith Nagata, Annamaria Piccioni and Brooke Ellis.

Detailed information on the panels and contact information for coordinators are available below. Please feel free to contact panel coordinators with your ideas.


The Indochina War: Memories and Meanings after Thirty Years
Van Nguyen-Marshall, ( Trent University

Southeast Asia : Refashioning the Cold War and the Islamic World
Judith Nagata, ( York University

Managing Conflict
Tania Li, ( University of Toronto

Social Movements and Democratic Governance
Dominique Caouette, ( Université de Montréal

Urban Life and Urban Conflicts in Southeast Asian Cities
Lisa Drummond, ( York University


Courting Disaster: Environmental Vulnerability in Historical Perspective
Craig Johnson, ( University of Guelph

Environmental Conservation and Livelihoods: Controversies of Nature Protection in Southeast Asia
Robin Roth, ( York University , and Steve Dery, ( Université Laval

Food, Agriculture, Standards, and Agrarian Transformations
Derek Hall, ( Trent University, and Mary Young, ( York University

Conceptualizing Class in Southeast Asia
Philip Kelly, ( York University


Popular Culture, Art and the Political in Southeast Asia
Lisa Drummond, ( York University, B. Lynne Milgram, ( Ontario College of Art and Design, and Nur Intan Murtadza, ( York University

Southeast Asian Migration and Transnationalism
Philip Kelly, ( York University

The Interface between Activism and Scholarship: NGO Contributions to Southeast Asian Studies
Judith Nagata, ( York University

Pan-Asian and Canadian Perspectives on-Indigenous Peoples/Aboriginal Peoples/Ethnic Minorities/ Tribals/First Nations (click here for explanation)
Villia Jefremovas, ( Queen's University

Gender and Migration (click here for explanation)
Danièle Bélanger, ( University of Western Ontario

Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian Diasporas through Video
Please send your ideas for videos to Penny Van Esterik, ( York University

For more information, visit the CCSEAS website at:

At the reunion of the Canadian Asian Studies Association (CASA) 25th Anniversary Conference on "Furthering the Globalization Debate: Cross Regional Comparisons" hosted by the Canadian Council of Area Studies Learned Societies (CCASLS) held in Montreal in April 2005, YCAR Associate Director, Judith Nagata received a plaque of recognition in appreciation of her past presidency and 25 years of service in Canadian-Asian studies. 

11th ANNUAL CONFERENCE Special Session of Central and Inner Asia Studies (CIAS)
sponsored by the Uyghur Canadian Association (UCA)
Croft Chapter House and Room 179, University College, Sunday, May 15th 2005

The CIAS Conference from May 12-15 will have a special session on the Uyghur people. For those who missed Dru Gladney, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii, who was at York last year, he will be the keynote speaker for this event. Michael Copeland, Professor Emeritus at York University, will also be speaking in this gathering. Below is the timetable of activity.


Time Activity

09:45 Introductory remarks - Michael GERVERS, Director of CIAS and Chair of the Session
09:50 Erkin ALPTEKIN, President of World Uyghur Congress
10:00 Charles BURTON, Brock University, Canada. Impact of Chinese Communist Party Policy on Uygurs
10:30 Kahar BARAT, Yale University, USA Good-Bye Uyghur Education
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Alex Neve, Secretary-General, Amnesty International Canada, Understanding the Crackdown on Uighurs
12:00 Michael TO, Chairman, Democracy China-Ottawa What can we learn from the European Union
12:30 Lunch Break Food and soft drinks will be provided by UCA
01:30 Keynote: DRU GLADNEY, University of Hawaii, USA China's Uyghur Dilemma: Autonomy vs. Independence
02:30 Adalyat ISIYEVA, Ph.D candidate McGill Universityy, Canada Cultural Assimilation of Uyghurs by China
03:00 Coffee break
03:30 Michael COPELAND, Professor Emeritus, York University, Canada Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, 2025
04:00 Yitzhak SHICHOR. University of Haifa. Uyghur Diaspora Organizations & Prospects of E. Turkestan Independence
04:30 Closing remarks by Mohamed TOHTI, UCA

The Hummingbird Centre presents Amjad Ali Khan - Master of the Sarod, Saturday, July 2 at 8 pm

Since his debut performance at the age of six, Amjad Ali Khan has been influencing the Indian Classical Music scene as only a legendary genius can. From inaugurating the World Festival of Sacred Music with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to performing for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, audiences throughout the world have been captivated by his unique style of playing the Sarod. Come and experience the sound of the Sarod, as Amjad Ali Khan, joined by his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, along with Tabla players Vineet Vyas & Vijay Ghate grace the stage at The Hummingbird Centre. TICKETS $19.50 to $75. Call 416.872.2262 

Visit The Hummingbird Centre Box Office at One Front Street, Toronto. MON - FRI 10AM-6PM & SAT 10AM-5PM

‘Media Monitor’ launch calls for greater journalistic freedom
By Zacki Jabbar, The Island, Publication Date : 2005-05-06

Media Monitor South Asia 2004, containing detailed reports about the situation of the media in South Asian countries was launched at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) on Tuesday, May 3, amidst calls for greater journalistic freedom. The Media Monitor published by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) Secretariat in Islamabad, was launched jointly by SAFMA Sri Lanka and SLPI.

The speakers were unanimous in stressing the importance of media freedom coupled with a sense of responsibility since it is the only source of information for many. Calling on the authorities to free the media, they pointed out that self regulation was more effective than enforced regulations.

Media freedom, which is important to both the practitioner and public was at stake and it was in everyone’s interest that it be protected, the speakers opined. Seventy one journalists worldwide were killed in the course of their duties in 2004.

Among the distinguished participants and speakers were Fojo representative at SLPI Yohanne Romare, Editor’s Guild President Sri Ranasinghe, Sunday Island Editor Manik de Silva, SLPCC CEO Manique Mendis, SLPCC Counsellor Javid Yusuf, SLPI DG Keith Bernard, SAFMA Sri Lanka President Lakshman Gunasekera, Vice President A.Sivanesachelvam, Secretary Sharmini Boyle, Muslim Media Forum President N.M.Ameen and SLPI Course coordinator Ranga Kalansooriya.

The gathering observed a minute’s silence for journalist Dharmaratnam Sivaram, who was gunned down close to parliament last week. Since SAFMA had declared May 3, as a day of solidarity with Nepali journalists, a special message was read out by Sharmini Boyle expressing solidarity with them.

Urban areas cover 25% of the nation
VietNamNews, Publication Date : 2005-05-09

Nearly 26 per cent of the country is now urbanised, and that figure is expected to increase to 33 per cent by 2010 and 45 per cent by 2020, says a ministry official. Construction Minister Nguyen Hong Quan said that by 2020 there will be 10 major urban centres in the country, as laid out in the State’s master plan on urbanisation.

Ha Noi is considered the major city in the north, HCM City, the major city in the south, and Da Nang, the major city in the centre. Other cities and towns chosen as centres for urban zones include Viet Tri, Thai Nguyen, Ha Long, Vinh, Nha Trang, Buon Me Thuot and Can Tho. As of December 31, Viet Nam contained 91 cities and 617 towns.

Quan said that Ha Noi, HCM City and other big cities have been the driving force behind urban development. The State’s master plan calls for more coordination between major cities and surrounding localities and industrial parks, he said. Quan said HCM City must give priority to the re-location of polluting enterprises and factories to the outskirts of the city and must overhaul its transport system. Also, the city needs to re-locate Sai Gon River ports and develop new satellite cities.

Ha Noi also must create new satellite cities around its major urban centre and focus on curbing traffic problems by upgrading road networks, he said. "Capital for land must be used properly, along with implementation of plans to preserve monuments, scenic areas, water resources and the environment. At the same time, infrastructure, including road networks, telecommunications, water and power supplies and waste-treatment facilities must be further developed," Quan said.

He said that in the past, funds for urban development came primarily from the State budget, but in recent years, the State, through targeted governmental programmes, has sought additional funds from private domestic and foreign investors. To accelerate urbanisation, the government has also upgraded major north-south highways, which will be intersected by east-west roads that will link border towns to major seaports and industrial parks. Other upgrades have included the construction of the Hai Van Tunnel on National Highway No. 1A and the 1,800-km stretch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway, from Ha Tay Province to An Suong intersection in HCM City.

Along the HCM Highway, 74 urban areas will be developed by 2020, Quan said. "These road networks will create favourable conditions for the mountainous urban areas, especially the Central Highlands, to further develop. They will also improve socio-economic development and contribute to national defence and security," he said. — VNS

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