President Tsai Ing-wen attended the annual Conference of Southeast Asian Studies
|President Tsai Ing-wen(蔡英文) attends the annual Conference of Southeast Asian Studies. Photo: Lee I-ju(李易儒).|
|NCCU President Edward Chow(周行一)welcomes scholars from different countries. Photo: Lee I-ju(李易儒).|
|Kin W. Moy, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) attends the annual Conference of Southeast Asian Studies. Photo: Lee I-ju(李易儒).|
|Hsiao Hsin-huang(蕭新煌), director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies considers the researches meaningful. Photo: Lee I-ju(李易儒).|
|Former minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. KASIT PIROMYA presents "Transform Together." Photo: Lee I-ju(李易儒).|
|Scharlors attend the annual Conference of Southeast Asian Studies. Photo: Lee I-ju(李易儒).|
By Carlos Wang (王元容)
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that “people” should be the core value in the policies while she attended the 2016 Annual Conference of Southeast Asian Studies (ACSEAST), featuring the politics of transformation in Southeast Asia launched at the Institute of International Relations of National Chengchi University (NCCU) on Sept. 22.
“No policy will succeed unless there are people adequately equipped to carry it out. We aggressively promote policies and programs that expand the float of talented people between Taiwan and Southeast Asia,” Tsai said.
According to Center for Southeast Asian Studies, this year marks the establishment of ASEAN community. In addition, the Tsai administration and her task force of foreign policy, the new southward policy (新南向政策), declares that Taiwan will value Southeast Asia countries more, seeking to develop a comprehensive, multi-faceted engagement policy with the ASEAN community. Policy communities, public intellectuals, business and civil groups are welcomed to participate in the conference, discussing and making contributions to both Southeast Asian studies and policy innovation in Taiwan.
In addition to Tsai, Kin W. Moy , director of the American Institute in Taiwan, and Kasit Piromya, former Thai foreign minister also attended the conference.
Piromya delivered a keynote speech featuring “Transforming together,” focusing on the word “change” that can come to many forms like politics, economy, culture, etc. He also emphasized that it denotes a peaceful process and, more importantly, that the “change” should be people-oriented.
Yang Hao (楊昊), associate professor of Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies, said that the courses like Southeast Asian language and culture have been aggressively promoted these years in National Chengchi University (NCCU). He hoped that there will be more courses to focus on Southeast Asian issues and encouraged more students to be dedicated to Southeast Asian studies.
The conference was organized between Sept. 21 and Sept. 23. Nearly 130 papers, concerning the political transformations in Southeast Asian countries, were presented and discussed by the scholars from Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Japan, America, etc.