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Ethnic Minorities and the Local Community in the Age of Globalization -- Interaction and Networking

2011-3-12 (Sat) - 2011-3-13 (Sun)

Ethnic minorities in East and Southeast Asia find themselves confronted with a new challenge these days -- globalization. More than just being a political, economic, and cultural challenge of the modern world for the ethnic minorities, globalization brings with it problems of environment, population, and infectious diseases. Moreover, an aspect of globalization that was rather overlooked were problems in cooperation and confrontation among different ethnic minorities.

In this seminar, beginning with reports by specialists, we will examine (Part I, Saturday) what sort of impact globalization has had on ethnic minorities in East and Southeast Asia, and (Part II, Saturday) how the relationship between ethnic minorities and local society as well as the nation-state have changed under globalization, and whether it's possible to look for networking and cooperation among ethnic minorities and the local societies. 

Moreover, throughout East and Southeast Asia, there are more than a few Japanese residing, particularly senior citizens, who have gone there in search of the way of life of such ethnic minorities. With the cooperation and coordination of the Japanese residing in Chiang Mai and that of students, we'd like to consider together the above matters in this seminar.

Program on Saturday

Part I
9:00 ~ 10:00 -- The Karen people, their culture and the world -- Problems of the Karen and Local Society, Suuntoan Vanjoempoan, Nakori Foundation
10:00 ~ 11:00 -- The Network of HIV patients in Chiang Mai, NAKAI Senjoh, Japan Research Center, Department of Human Studies, Chiang Mai University

11:00 ~ 12:00 -- The Kingdom of Lanna and the Power of Minority Peoples, Sarsawadhi Onsakun, History Course, Department of Human Studies, Chiang Mai University
Part II

1:30 ~ 5:00 --

Chairperson: MIYABARA Gyo, GLOCOL


  • Survival strategies of the Chinese Muslims in Myanmar during the colonial and post-colonial era, KIMURA Mizuka, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
  • National development and hardships of minority peoples -- the situation of the "Taroko" tribe in Taiwan, Umin Itei, Human Progress, Tsu Chi University, Taiwan
  • Strategic Survival of Malaysian Sarawak indigenous peoples, KOUSAKI Shinichi, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

Commentators: NAKAI Senjoh, Japan Research Center, Department of Human Studies, Chiang Mai University; Suuntoan Vanjoempoan, Nakori Foundation

Program on Sunday

  • 8:45 ~ 12:30 -- Field trip to the Tribal Museum
  • 1:30 ~ 5:00 -- Lecture by Suuntoan Vanjoempoan regarding the Japanese residing in Thailand, their relationship with minority peoples, as well as the prospects for networking and cooperation among such ethnic minorities.

  • This seminar and the lectures are the product of GLOCOL's FIELDO field studies program.

  • Presentations will be in English, Thai, and Japanese. Translation for Thai and English into Japanese will be available.


  • Fr. Harry Thiel Memorial Hall Chiang Mai, Catholic Mission Center, 5/3 Soi 12 Charoen-Prathet Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand on Saturday, March 12
  • Tribal Museum Chiang Mai, DoiPui Village, Thailand on Sunday, March 13.
Date: 2011-3-12 (Sat) - 2011-3-13 (Sun)
Organizer: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL) and Fieldwork, Internship, and Experiential Learning Design Office (FIELDO)
Sponsored: Japan Research Center, Department of Human Studies, Chiang Mai University
Registration: Registration by email is required. See address below.
Contact: For additional information or questions, contact GLOCOL, Bangkok Desk, Tel. +66-2-661-7584, FAX +66-2-661-7585.

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