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The Nongovernmental Underpinnings of the Emerging Asia Pacific Regional Community

1993-1994

This survey project was initiated in the fall of 1993 to assess the state of indigenous development of civil society in each nation in the Asia Pacific. Fifteen countries were studied: Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam. The surveys looked at research institutions, foundations, and grassroots nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in each country in terms of their history, networking capabilities, relations with other sectors of society, and past and potential contributions to community building in Asia Pacific. Research was conducted by experts who had all worked in the independent sector for a number of years and were knowledgeable of the climate surrounding nonprofit development in their respective countries.

Two workshops were held in April 1993 in Singapore and Jakarta to discuss the role of intellectual exchange and NGO grassroots activities and a role for NGOs in the Asia Pacific region. Further planning took place at the International Symposium on Private Philanthropy in East Asia, held in Seoul, Korea, in August 1993. An interim report was presented at the Osaka Symposium on Philanthropic Development in Asia Pacific, held in December 1994.

The survey results, which incorporated the discussions at the symposium, were published in August 1995 by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore) and JCIE in the volume listed below. The book won the Masayoshi Ohira Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to Asia Pacific community building.

Publication

Emerging Civil Society in the Asia Pacific Community, Tadashi Yamamoto, editor

Researchers (names followed by research area)

Takako Aoki (Japan) Research Associate, JCIE
Allan Arlett and
Ingrid van Rotterdam (Canada)
Partners, The Arlett von Rotterdam Partnership
Rosum J. Bautistia (Philippines) Research Assistant, Institute of Strategic and Development Studies
Chan Tse Chueen (Singapore) Research and Administration Officer, ENGENDER
Andra Corrothers (Indonesia) Regional Director for Asia, PACT, Inc., Asia Regional Office
Max Dumais (Australia) Executive Director, The Australian Association of Philanthropy
Paul Evans (Canada) Director, University of Toronto-York University Joint Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies
Gordon Jay Frost (USA) Editor, International Philanthropy; Senior Consultant, CDA/Invest
Yuko Iida Frost (USA) Publisher, International Philanthropy; Consultant, Save the Children
Lim Tech Ghee (Malaysia) Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Malaysia
Peter Harris (New Zealand) Executive Director, Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand
Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (Taiwan) Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica
Ku-Hyun Jung (Korea) Director, Institute of East and West Studies, Yonsei University
Hiroshi Peter Kamura (USA) Executive Director, JCIE
Hitomi Komatsu (Japan) Research Associate, JCIE
Hye-Kyung Lee (Korea) Professor of Social Welfare, Institute of East and West Studies, Yonsei University
Jenny McGregor (Australia) Director, Asialink Center
Toshihiro Menju (Japan) Program Officer, JCIE
Charles Morrison (USA) Director, Program on International Economics and Politics, East-West Center
Shohei Muta (China) Program Officer, JCIE
Makito Noda (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) Senior Program Officer, JCIE
Tae-Kyu Park (Korea) Professor of Economics, Institute of East and West Studies, Yonsei University
Amara Pongsapich (Thailand) Director, Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University
Donald Rickerd (Canada) President, Max Bell Foundation
Segundo E. Romero (Philippines) Vice President, Institute of Strategic and Development Studies
Mark Sidel (Vietnam) Program Officer for Vietnam, The Ford Foundation
Estie W. Suryatna (Indonesia) Representative's Special Assistant, PACT, Inc., Asia Regional Office
Nicky Thomson (New Zealand) Programme Manager, Business, Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand
Ma. Gisela T. Velasco (Philippines) Manager, Membership and Corporate Involvement Unit, Philippine Business for Social Progress
Tadashi Yamamoto (Japan) President, JCIE
Zhang Ye (China) Consultant on NGOs
Yue-man Yeung (Hong Kong) Director, Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies