Education, Migration and Development in Indonesia @ Room 519, Fifith Floor, Kaneff Tower
Sep 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Talk by Devanto PratomoDevanto S. Pratomo, Brawijaya University, Indonesia

This study summarizes information from different sources about the progress of Indonesian education. It makes particular use of the 2010 Population Census data in novel ways: first, to check whether regional differentials in educational enrollment are related in any systematic way to indicators of economic development, in the form of regional per capita income figures and regional poverty levels; secondly, to delve into the generational transmission of educational attainment through comparison of educational attainment of heads of household (parents) and their children. In addition, using a RUMICI (Rural-Urban Migration in China and Indonesia) data set for Indonesia, this study also examines the roles of education to improve the performances of migrants in urban areas in Indonesia. One implication of the study is that education in both pre- and post- migration stages is animportant factor for rural-urban migrants to survive in desirable urban environment.

Dr. Devanto Pratomo is an academic staff of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia. He hold a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University, UK (2009). His research interests and publication work lie in the area of labour economics and migration. In 2013, Dr. Devanto received the SEAMEO–Jasper Research Award with the theme of Education and Employability in Southeast Asia.

The KMT’s Unending Legitimation Crisis – The Declaration of Formosan Self-Salvation 1964-2014 @ Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the “Declaration of Formosan Self-Salvation” by National Taiwan University Political Science department head Peng Ming-min and two of his graduate students, Hsieh Tsung-min and Wei Ting-chao. The manifesto, “To establish a democratic, free, sensible, and prosperous society, we will unite to abolish Chiang Kai-shek’s illegitimate regime,” critiqued the Kuomintang (KMT) legitimating myths and advocated that Taiwan rejoin the United Nations as a new country.

All three were quickly imprisoned, but this first voice of dissent among Taiwanese intellectuals would not be repaired. This event marked the beginning of resistance to the KMT (Kuomintang) regime in Taiwan. In support of Peng, a group of Taiwanese grad students in Canada organized the first activist Taiwanese organization in North America, for which they were blacklisted.

In a video made this year, one of those blacklisted students, Dr. Albert J.F. Lin, interviews Dr. Peng about the significance of their efforts, when the primordial myth of “One China” has replaced “Recover the Mainland”, and Taiwan is still not a member of the United Nations. Dr. Lin and Taiwan researcher Michael Stainton will comment on entailments of this case over the past 50 years.

‘Venues to Heaven’ in a Heartless World: Colleges and Churches in South Korea in the 1950s @ Room 519, Fifith Floor, Kaneff Tower
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Dong-choon Kim
Professor, Sociology, Sung Kong Hoe University, Seoul

Dong-choon Kim’s paper will examine the rise of family-centricism in 1950s South Korea. As the end of the Korean War ushered in a period of authoritarianism and only nominal forms of political participation, Koreans invested exclusively in their nuclear families – a trend that can be seen with the expansion of universities and evangelistic churches in South Korea from the 1950s onward. These developments, along with diaspora and US-centric subimperialism, have been formative in shaping South Korean identity in the twenty-first century.

As former Standing Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Republic of Korea, Professor Kim is an activist and public intellectual. His research has focused on historical sociology of Korean politics, working class formation, and the Korean War. As an activist, Professor Kim has been at the center of progressive academic movements since the 1980s. He was also awarded the 20th Dan Je Prize in 2005 for his academic achievements and activism. Professor Kim is the author of, among other publications, Social Movements in 1960s Korea (1991), A Study of Korea’s Working Class (1995), Shadow of Modernity (2000), War and Society (2000) and Engine of America-Market and War (2004). War and Society has been translated into German, Japanese, and English (The English language title is The Unending Korean War).

This is the inaugural lecture of the Heterogeneity and Korean Identity in the Twentieth-First Century speaker series at York University. The speaker series will focus on the works of both established senior and groundbreaking junior scholars in the fields of globalization, transnational labour and class in South Korea.

The series is supported by The Korea Foundation, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation and the York Cetnre for Asian Research. It is organized by Professor Janice C.H. Kim.

2014 Asia Lecture @ Room 519, Fifith Floor, Kaneff Tower
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Malathi de Alwis, International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will give the 2014 Asia Lecture at York University.

Dr. de Alwis is a socio-cultural anthropologist who has published extensively on issues of nationalism, militarism, humanitarianism and feminism in Sri Lanka. Her current work explores the politicisation of suffering and the memorialisation of grief in the wake of atrocity and disaster.



Soldiers, Mountains and Beautiful Women: Japanese Art, the Second World War and Fascism @ Room 305, Third Floor, York Lanes
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The talk will draw on Dr. Asato Ikeda’s research for her upcoming book and will explore the close relationship between art and politics in the 1930s and 1940s, focusing on major wartime artists such as Fujita Tsuguharu, Miyamoto Saburo, Yokoyama Taikan and Uemura Shoen.

Dr. Ikedia specializes in Japanese art produced during the Second World War. Her publications can be found in the Review of Japanese Culture and Society, Disclosure, and Japan Focus. Most recently, she edited, with Ming Tiampo and Aya Louisa McDonald, an anthology titled Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).

She is Assistant Professor, Art History and Music Department, Fordham University.