Contemporary Southeast Asian Issues Program by Learning Across Borders
SOUTHEAST ASIA PROGRAM:
This program allows participants to interact closely with Southeast Asia: its people, cultures and current issues. By focusing on the three nations of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore--each with a distinct culture, religious heritage and economic level--it is possible to appreciate the diversity of this dynamic and fast-changing region.
Participants meet with students, NGO and UN officials, businesspeople, professors and journalists; they also live in a Thai village for several days and hike in the Malaysian rainforest. The program thus offers experiences that a person could not have on one's own. The group also includes students from Myanmar.
Information meetings will be held on these campuses:
Hiyoshi: Thursday, November 14, 6:15 p.m., Hiyoshi Communications Lounge
SFC: Monday, November 11, 6:00 p.m., Room K13
For details, see http://learning-across-borders.org/se-asia. Application deadline: November 27, 2013.
This program introduces a country which, while least-developed economically, is rich in culture and is now undergoing a swift transition to a more democratic and developed nation. Japan's role in business investment and ODA is becoming increasingly important. Through many meetings with local students, staff of NPOs, diplomats at the Japanese Embassy and others, participants study important political, economic, social and cultural issues. The group explores Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. Participants, mostly Japanese, will also include students from National Taiwan University and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). Expected 2014 dates: August 21-September 3.
For details, see: http://learning-across-borders.org/burma
CIVIL SOCIETY IN THAILAND PROGRAM
(Note: This program will not be held in 2013 but is expected to be held in November 2014 during the week of the Mita Festival.)
This program explores how Thailand's civil society solves important social problems. The group meets with staffs of a wide range of organizations: Ashoka (which first promoted the concept of social entrepreneur), an organization working in a Bangkok slum, groups providing education to a large number of Myanmar migrants and refugees, and those promoting environmentally-sound farming methods. The program takes place in Bangkok and Chiang Mai (northern thailand) and includes an equal number of Myanmar and Japanese students. It is held during the week of the Mita Festival.
For details, see: http://learning-across-borders.org/thailand