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York Centre for Asian Research Update                        Issue 23, Friday, September 9, 2005

NTU professor delivers lecture on Taiwanese women in 'astronaut' families in Toronto

Sep 12, 2005, 2:30-4pm, 270B York Lanes - YCAR visiting professor Lan Hung Nora Chiang from National Taiwan University is presenting her proposed study and preliminary findings on Taiwanese immigrant women in Toronto from transnational households. Prof. Chiang has been studying Taiwanese emigration including their adaptation and identity, employment, residential choice and mobility patterns, particularly in Australia, and has expanded her research to Canada. She has presented and published several papers including "Taiwanese Immigrant Women in Australasia" (2004) and "Residential Choice, Mobility and Employment Patterns in Australia" (2001). Prof. Chiang received her PhD from the University of Hawaii, MA from Indiana University, and BA from University of Hong Kong. She was former dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Chair of the geography department, director of the Population Studies Center (1991-1997), and president of the Taiwan Population Association.

YCAR and SAST co-sponsor talk by professor from Kalyani University, West Bengal, India

Sep 14, 2005, 1:00-2:30 pm, 280 York Lanes - YCAR and York South Asian Studies (SAST) Program are co-sponsoring a talk on 'Higher Education in India' by Dr. Sarbani Chaudhuri of University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India. It would be noted that higher education in India has never been given adequate attention in the government agenda or allocation since independence. Nevertheless, it has stumbled along to the best of its abilities to cater to those privileged enough to access it. The talk will focus on the current scenario of higher education in India, specially West Bengal and the significance of  higher education in a developing country. It will trace its genesis, explore the shifts in policies and their implications, economic commitment and constraints, intellectual framework, student orientation, politicisation of the education system, among other issues. The main aim is to investigate the ideological ramifications of these issues and their effect on higher education. Dr. Chaudhury is a professor in the Department of English and writes extensively in the areas of Shakespeare and Renaissance studies as well as on Indian pedagogy in English and higher education.

Return to CASIS Home PageCanadian Society for Security and Intelligence Studies holds 20th Anniversary International Conference, October 20-22, 2005, Plaza Hotel Centre-Ville Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada

THEME: Brave New World? Understanding Global Security Challenges, Reforming National Security Practices


Thursday, October 20

11:00 Pre-Conference Background Briefing for Media: Overview of Security and Intelligence Issues and Key Speakers
12:45 President's Welcome - Wesley Wark,  CASIS President - Gérard Hervouet - CASIS Vice-President
  1:00 Keynote Speaker - Hon. Irwin Cotler, Minister of Justice (TBC)
  1:45 Panel 1 Terrorism: Understanding the Threat
  3:45 Panel 2 Once More Into the Breach: Lessons and Challenges of Intelligence Reform
  5:15 Guest of Honour: The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Hon. Anne McLellan (TBC)
  6:00 President's Reception - Hosted by Jane's Information Group and Strategic Consulting Services
  7:15 GALA 20TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER - CASIS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE - Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Author

Friday, October 21

  8:30 Panel 3 North American Border Security: Making It Happen
10:15 Panel 4 National Security in Multicultural Societies - Panel 5 Asian Security Issues: Global and National Challenges
12:00 CASIS Town Hall Debate: "That Canada has achieved the right balance between security and civil liberties"
12:45 Lunch - THE JOHN TAIT MEMORIAL LECTURE - Margaret Bloodworth, Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  2:00 Panel 6 Rethinking Chatter: Global Communications and the Hunt for Good Intelligence - Panel 7 Transportation Security: Have the 9/11 Lessons Been Learned?
 3:45 Panel 8 (concurrent) The 'War on Terror': The View from Europe
 5:15 Panel 9 The Best and the Brightest: The CASIS Weller Prize Winners' Panel
Saturday, October 22

  8:30 Panel 10 Practitioner Research Panel: Current research & publications by security and intelligence practitioners
  9:30 Panel 11 Proliferation: The Threat and the Response? - Panel 12  In Pursuit of the Analytical Holy Grail: Innovation in Analysis, Warning and Prediction
11:15 Panel 13   The Informed Citizen: Between the Scylla   of Secrecy and the Charybdis of   Manipulation
12:30 Panel 14   Conference Conclusions and Wrap-up

For more details, please see www.casis.ca.

New books on Asia Pacific studies published


State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia: Fatally Belonging by Ariel Heryanto, The University of Melbourne, Australia, Routledge, September 2005: 234x156: 224pp: Hb:0-415-37152-X: AUD 174.09 (inc. GST) AUD 158.27 (exc. GST) 

Approximately one million innocent Indonesians were killed by their fellow nationals, neighbours and kin at the height of an anti-communist campaign in the mid-1960s. This book investigates the profound political consequences of these mass killings in Indonesia upon public life, highlighting the historical specificities of the violence and comparable incidents of identity politics in more recent times.

Mixing theory with empirically based analysis, the book examines how the spectre of communism and the trauma experienced in the latter half of the 1960s remain critical in understanding the dynamics of terror, coercion and consent today. Heryanto challenges the general belief that the periodic anti-communist witch-hunts of recent Indonesian history are largely a political tool used by a powerful military elite and authoritarian government.

Despite the profound importance of the 1965-6 events it remains one of most difficult and sensitive topics for public discussion in Indonesia today. State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia is one of the first books to fully discuss the mass killings, shedding new light on a largely unspoken and unknown part of Indonesia's history.

Log on to www.routledge.com\asianstudies for more information.


Mapping Communities: Ethics, Values, Practice, by Jefferson Fox, Krisnawati Suryanata and Peter Hershock (eds.) Publisher: Honolulu, East-West Centre, 2005, ISBN 0-86638-201-1. Free Download: PDF

This book and the research project on which it is based emerged out of common and yet distinct concerns among the editors that spatial information technologies (SITs)—at least in certain contexts and at certain scales—can lead to consequences that raise important ethical questions. Three interrelated dimensions in which these consequences have manifested were identified: in conflicts correlated with changing patterns of spatial perceptions and values; in competition related to knowledge and claims of resources; and in relation to structural or organization stresses at the institution level. This book evinces the efforts of its editors to critically broaden reflection on such experiences and their implications for technology transfer and evaluation. The analysis of these phenomena is informed by studies in technology and society that examine the interplay between technological development and the social institutions that shape its further deployment. Furthermore, these issues were examined from a political ecology perspective that situates the proliferation of SITs in the context of economic and political liberalization that has brought an explosion of new property claims and protectionist strategies to forests and other environments, changing the very terms by which resources and environments are defined.

 People to Contact
Jefferson M. Fox ; Coordinator, Environmental Studies; Senior Fellow (Research Program)
Peter Hershock ; Educational Specialist (Education Program)

For more info on EWC publications, visit its website at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/.

Kairos invites applications for human rights program coordinator

KAIROS, the Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, is seeking a creative, energetic individual with a strong commitment to social justice and extensive experience in advocacy for international human rights.  S/he will be a creative self-starter, experienced in the NGO and church contexts.  As Human Rights Program Coordinator, s/he will be responsible for program development and implementation, as well as some research, analysis, and policy development.  This position will focus on selected strategies to end religious and ethnic conflict and the criminalization of dissent in Asia and the Middle East.

The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with another Human Rights Coordinator who is responsible for KAIROS human rights work related to Latin America and Africa.  As well, s/he will work with an ecumenical committee of the KAIROS board.

As a member of a larger Human Rights and Peace-building staff team, s/he will help KAIROS work to change some underlying structures and systems that result in collective human rights abuses. Deadline for applications:  October 14th, 2005.   Please visit www.kairoscanada.org for a more complete posting.

Playthings of nobility become art, by Tatsuya Sakamoto, The Daily Yomiuri, 2005-09-09

Threads in nearly 50 different colors are used in Toshiko Abe's gotenmari, which feature various geometric patterns

Gotenmari are traditional thread balls made by the maids of noble women in the Edo period (1613-1868). The balls are wrapped and stitched with colorful threads, often in beautiful patterns such as that of a chrysanthemum. The toys later spread from the castles of the nobility to commoners.

The people of Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture, take pride in the intricate craft because it is believed that maids in a nearby castle were the first to make the toy in 1613, the year the castle was built. Now, gotenmari have become art. They are often presented as a gift adorned with celebratory red and white tassels on occasions such as births, school enrollment, weddings and housewarming parties.

Enchanted by the balls' vibrant colors, Toshiko Abe, 62, started making gotenmari when she was in her mid-40s. Abe said she could vaguely recall having gotenmari in her home. "Someone in the family used them to play football and handball," she said. As she grew up, sometimes seeing the toys in shopwindows and receiving one as a gift, she became captivated by the craft.

Abe makes balls, starting with chaff in the center and then winds colorful silk threads and rayon filament yarns round it, stitching them firmly together. Her gotenmari have beautiful patterns such as chrysanthemums, cherry blossoms, cranes and a variety of insignia. The patterns are geometric, and Abe said she often got ideas from looking at nature, such as flowers and plants. She also is inspired by paintings and photographs.

One of the most difficult parts of the craft is coloration. But Abe said she drew inspiration from the colors of clothes, table arrangements--"everything I look at." The city government has organized an annual gotenmari competition since 1970 to promote the craft, attracting artists from all over the country. The strong local interest in the art led Abe to start teaching it at local primary and middle schools.

Abe said she traveled to Budapest in 2003 to give demonstrations as part of an international cultural exchange program organized by the prefecture and recently made a gotenmari with the city's insignia pattern, which was redesigned after the city of Honjo merged with seven other towns earlier this year. It is displayed at the entrance of city hall. Abe said she was inspired by the sunset on the Sea of Japan, which can be seen from near her house. "I want to depict the subtle shades of the ocean sunset, which has different colors every day," she said.

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