Asia Pacific Regional Network

Professor Kinman Chan has been released from prison!!

ISTR is excited to announce that Professor Kinman Chan has been released from prison in Hong Kong today!

He had been sentenced for 16 months of imprisonment by the Hong Kong Court on April 24, 2019 for “inciting” and "conspiring" to cause public nuisance during the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014.  Kinman served 326 days in Pik Uk Prison.

We are grateful that Dr. Chan, a member of the board of directors of ISTR, will be reunited with his family today.

Throughout his long academic career, Kinman Chan has been committed to promoting peaceful action for universal suffrage as stipulated in the Basic Law of Hong Kong and to supporting the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly for all citizens.  His scholarship on civil society is widely recognized throughout the academic community. In his final lecture at the Chinese University in Hong Kong in April 2019, prior to his imprisonment, Chan declared that he was prepared to go to prison. "So long as we are not crushed by the trial and the prison sentence, and we do not become depressed or angered, then we will come out stronger. . .  Yes, we may need to go to jail, but those in power may not win - those who send you to jail may not win." Speaking then of the great support that he had received, Chan concluded, "It makes me believe in the good in people - it is our hope.  I hope you do not give up - we see only the stars in the darkest hours." ISTR today welcomes back the bright star of Professor Chan to the academic firmament.

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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.

To learn more, please click here.

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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.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS - Click here to view the presented abstracts

 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

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