Posted On March 29, 2016By hadzantonisIn 2016-feb-24-asean

The ASCC: Trial and error

The ASCC (ASEAN Socio Cultural Community) networks across the Governments of ASEAN member-states, or at least it intends to. However, until now, the ASCC has not effectively engaged larger society, nor has it engaged government. Several factors contribute to this, including that the general sociocultural arena throughout ASEAN expects progress within the sociocultural field, that is, increased cohesion, networking, and visibility, to emerge from above. The ASEAN governments still have not made progress in doing so, as no significant, if any, project has emerged to boost the sociocultural agenda of ASEAN.Read More

Posted On March 23, 2016By hadzantonisIn 2016-jan-23, 2016-jan-23-asean

Can ASEAN be healthy?

Health is central to discussions of ASEAN. The varied economic strengths throughout ASEAN, the haze issue, refugee crises, aging populations, political challenges, busy lifestyles, and more, all contribute to the health discourse. Health care has been positioned as one of the eleven prioritized sectors for accelerated liberalization, yet its practical side has been neglected for discourse on its market potential. Mobility, a highly popular strategy in the transnational era, transfers to medical and health care, where both patient and medical worker can and do engage in mobility so to facilitate health care. TheRead More

Posted On December 22, 2015By hadzantonisIn 2015-Dec-22, 2015-dec-22-asean

ASEAN’s collaboration with the U.S.A.

President Obama’s recent meeting with ASEAN leaders has symbolized the very transnational and trans-regional interest in Southeast Asia. U.S. interest in affiliation with ASEAN is not new. However, the meeting was held in California, land-marking the interest in ASEAN by the U.S., but more so, by ASEAN countries to collaborate wit the U.S. During the two-day summit, the meeting clearly explicated President Obama’s interest in engagement with and a policy “pivot” toward, the region, adjacent to the giant body that China is. The meeting presents a pioneering attempt to engage at suchRead More

Posted On November 23, 2015By hadzantonisIn 2015-oct-20, 2015-oct-20-asean


What is the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)? The Commission has sought to move ASEAN human rights forward. Basically. To do this, each context has had to be approached in unique ways, and individually, yet, while acknowledging and being sensitive to the neighboring networks connecting all of ASEAN. Despite that much interest has been shown by people who have wanted to participate and contribute to the AICHR, the Commission still requires assistnce at the grass roots level. Despite its sociopolitical insurgency into matters that promote and maintain peace andRead More
  Research and work in all fields of psychology, that is, individual, social, corporate, organizational, educational, and other psychologies, as vast and as intricately complex as they may appear, we can approach from a multiplicity of methodological and epistemological perspectives. Any of these offers a starting point for increased conceptualizations of method and methodology in Psychology research. More so, the analysis of psychologies, which serve to connect the various strands and fields of psychology, exhibit and embody common themes and frameworks. Ego and identity, two constructs which intertwine methodologically and inRead More

Posted On August 1, 2015By hadzantonisIn 2015-aug-18, 2015-aug-18-fce

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dates: August, 2015 Purpose: The Kuala Lumpur international arts festival (Diversecity 2015) exploded onto the regional cultural scene at the end of August 2015. The ambitious program of performing and visual arts showcases the complex, rich and nuanced diversity of Malaysia and explores our close ties and deep relationships with ASEAN, especially in the year when Malaysia assumes the chair of the ASEAN secretariat. Each genre is curated and produced by a leading practitioner in that genre leading to an extraordinary line-up. The caliber and reputation of each curator isRead More
The ASEAN member states have been preparing for ASEAN integration as one economic community, to be effected by the end of 2015. With the economic integration of the entire Southeast Asia in prospect, concurrent calls have emerged for the integration of the two other pillars of ASEAN; the political-security community, and the socio-cultural community, which will contribute to a ‘one ASEAN’. Despite a veneer of likely materialization, hurdles and challenges render the optimism about socio-cultural and political-security integration unrealistic, at least for the near future.  Territorial disputes (e.g., between Malaysia andRead More
There has been an increase in health research among ASEAN countries since the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Regional or international research collaboration in healthcare has intensified and is regarded as an indicator of quality and a way to develop and disseminate scientific knowledge to newly developing ASEAN countries.  Individual studies on the occupational health and safety of factory workers are abound in individual Asian countries.  However, there has been no cross-national comparison survey of the occupational health and safety of SME factory workers in the ASEAN context.Read More
The Afro-Asian conference held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955 represented a hallmark that characterized the relationship of newly independent Asian and African nations. At the heart of the conference appeared was a passion for economic and political interdependence that could trigger a strategic alliance among nations across the two continents. Five decades following (2005), 106 nations converged in Indonesia to establish the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership, reminiscent of the Asia-Africa synergy from the ‘Spirit of Bandung’ in 1955, but  with a greater focus on economic ties. Consequently, bilateral and multilateral synergiesRead More
I previously spoke about the significance of the PhD candidate becoming the PhD study. What are some ways in which to accomplish this? To ontologically reflect the PhD study direction requires a shift in the whole self, and not solely the cognitive, and hence to life-practice the framework applied to the research. The work required to accomplish this need not be broad in scope, where small epistemic reassessments, as well as those of the self, can go a long way. Intensity and depth of investigation can match and even surpass scope in theRead More