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Asia Pacific Regional Network

Expressions of Interest to Host 2021 ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference

The ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Network seeks preliminary expressions of interest from colleagues and institutions throughout the Asia-Pacific region to organize and host the 12th ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, to be held in 2021. ISTR will decide on the host institution and location for the 2021 Asia Pacific Regional Conference during its meeting at the ISTR Conference in Montréal in July 2020.

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ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, July 15-16, 2019

PhD Seminar:  July 13-14, 2019        

  

 

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Co-hosted by the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University and Center for Civil Society and Philanthropy, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA)

 

Shifting Sands? The Challenges of Regulatory Change and Its Impact on the Third Sector Environment in the Asia Pacific Region

 

CONFERENCE REPORT

The Bangkok ISTR Asia Pacific Conference was a highly successful event for all
involved. 
We had the pleasure of experiencing true Thai hospitality in every way, 

not least due to the wonderful location of the conference at the NIDA Campus and
the exceptional Thai cuisine that we were offered for each morning and afternoon tea,
lunch and at the fabulous conference dinner. There were 150 delegates: 92 papers and
4 panels were presented throughout the two days of the conference.

 

The diversity of the countries represented provided the conference with an
extremely rich palate of research fields, geographies and ideas. The quality of the papers
and panels was impressive and due to highly engaged audiences there were great
discussions after each panel. Highlights from the conference are outlined in our report,
however it should be emphasized that there were many important papers presenting a wide
range of exciting and
as amazing.

 

To read the full report, please click here.

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Reflections on the ISTR PhD Seminar
 

Qihai CAI, Postdoctoral Fellow, City University of Hong Kong

"The two-day ISTR PhD Seminar offers an opportunity to exchange research ideas, receive valuable feedback, and fostering long-term collaborations with cohorts and leading scholars in the third sector research. The seminar itself is well-organized, which provides training to cover publication suggestion, career strategy and cross-border research. I found the session on career strategy extremely useful for early-stage scholars." 

To read the full article, please click here.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS - Click here to view the presented abstracts

 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

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Regional Newsletter -Asia Pacific Researchers Network

 

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Letter from Prison: Kinman Chan


Dear Colleagues and ISTR conference participants:

This is a letter from prison. I was sentenced to 16 months of imprisonment by the Hong Kong Court on April 24, 2019 for “inciting” people to join the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014. More than one million people took part in that movement by occupying some main roads for 79 days, protesting against Beijing for not keeping its promise to allow the election of the head of Hong Kong’s government through universal suffrage. All along, we promoted non-violent civil disobedience. Though the nine defendants were charged with “conspiracy,” “incitement,” and “incitement to incite others” to cause a public nuisance, our real “crime” is to spread love, peace and hope when the regime wants people to retreat to their private lives due to fear and despair.

The chilling effect the regime had attempted to create through our trial proved futile when 130,000 people took to the street a few days after our sentencing. It was a protest against a proposed “extradition law” that people could be sent back to China for trial there. The number of protestors reached two million people in June, and the Hong Kong government was forced to suspend the bill.

Notwithstanding some physical confrontations when young protestors stormed the parliament (Legislative Council), the movement was tremendously powerful due to the spirit of love and peace. People sang hymns for 9 hours in front of the riot police; hundreds of thousands of protestors made way for the ambulance trucks to pass through the occupied roads, like the scene of “Moses Parting the Red Sea”; and people cleaned up the garbage before they ended the occupation. This extraordinary mobilization was made possible by a vibrant civil society, a strong spirit of non-violent civil disobedience, and extensive use of social media to break the information barriers created by the pro-Beijing mainstream media.

Hong Kong people understand pretty well that civil society is not only for providing services to the needy but also for defending civil rights and promoting social and policy changes. It takes time for people in China to understand the latter two functions, though the regime has begun to embrace the role of NGOs as service providers. In the past two decades, I have been promoting a more holistic idea of civil society in China and Hong Kong through research, teaching, and practice. I see the potential of the theory of civil society in creating a more sustainable governance in an era of uncertainty. Apparently, I ran into trouble for advocating for change in both China and Hong Kong. But it is something inevitable when the change involves a fundamental reconfiguration of power. As a matter of fact, theory of civil society is “theory of power.”  I also witnessed the “power of theory” when disseminating the knowledge of civil society under an authoritarian regime!

Life in prison is of course not very pleasant. But for the sake of democracy and open society, I endure it with no regret.

Sincerely,

Kinman Chan
Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Retired)
Board of Directors, ISTR

22-06-2019

© Copyright Kinman Chan 2019.  All rights reserved. 

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ISTR's statement for Support for Kinman Chan


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