EthniCities: The Art of Embracing Diversity

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Date(s) - 22/04/2017 - 23/04/2017
All Day

Seoul Global Cultural Center


EthniCities: The Art of Embracing Diversity

Dates: 22-23 April 2017

Venue: Seoul Global Cultural Center, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Organized by TEAM (Trans-East-Asian multiculturalism) and Migrant World TV

Sponsored by The Toyota Foundation Research Grant, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Yonsei University, Seoul Global Cultural Center

EthniCities is the platform of a collaborative project of trans-East-Asia multiculturalism (TEAM), funded by Toyota Foundation Research Grant with the leadership of Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi (MAI). The project aims to develop “multiculturalism from below” across East Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong) by forming a cross-border alliance. In the region, the rise of (inter-Asian) migration has made ethno-cultural diversity more intensified and visible. While this has generated national policy discussion to administer cultural diversity, a substantial engagement has not yet made to fairly deal with diversity and make societies more inclusive. This project collaboratively tackles the shared imperative issue of advancing multicultural co-living from a trans-East-Asian perspective.

This is to reorient the discussion and the practice of multiculturalism beyond the framework of the nation-state and from below. Grassroots practices by various actors such as ethnic communities, citizen’s groups, NGOs, NPOs and local governments have advanced multiculturalism from below. EthniCities indicates such a de-nationalized local engagement with multicultural questions in the urban and rural areas of East Asia. Working together with those various actors across borders, this project will transnationally further foster “multiculturalism from below” by facilitating the sharing of experiences and collaborative empowerment. We will also design a pedagogical program for social learning to get a wider public involved. This is to institute cultural citizenship through East Asian collaboration to advance social praxis of embracing cultural diversity and nurturing self-reflexive dialogue in society.

Toward this end, we organized the first events titled “Ethnicities: The Art of seeing diversity” in Taipei on 23-24 April 2016 that discussed innovative ways of forging mutual empowerment, cross-border dialogue and citizen’s reciprocal learning. Featuring visual and artistic expression, the first event invited both amateur and professional practitioners from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong to have a conversation over how such practice is significant for self-empowerment and the promotion of cultural diversity in each society and how we can work together to further develop it in East Asia. Internationally acclaimed film director, Mr. Hou Hsiao Hsien joined us as a commentator.

The 2017 Seoul event titled “EthniCities: The Art of embracing diversity” will further promote East-Asian collaborative engagement to make trans-East-Asian multiculturalism from below as a sustainable long-term project that transnationally nurtures the value of living together in difference in society—the value that has not been well cultivated within the existing framework of the nation-state—and advocates its incorporation into cultural policy of each society. We hope that you join the conversation and work together with all participants to advance a trans-East-Asian collaborative network! Please check the project detail and the update of the event at


22 April (Sat)

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome and Introduction by TEAM (Hyun Mee Kim, Cultural Anthropology, Yonsei University, Korea)

11:00 -13:00 EMPOWERING (NGO/NPO organizers)

Chair: Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Australia)

                   1) ZULU Kageyama (ART LAB OVA, Yokohama Multicultural Film Festival         organizer, Japan)    

    2) Teresa Kwong (Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong)

    3) Hyesil Jung (Migrant World Television, Korea)

    4) Pei-Chia Lo (Taiwan Women’s Film Association, Taiwan)


14:30 – 17:00 PERFORMING Artistic multicultural expressions

Film Showing: “The 21st Century Light of Factory” by mixrice

Chair: Hsiao-Chuan Hsia (Social Transformation Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan)

    1) MC Nam (Vietnamese-Japanese rapper, Japan)

    2) Ricky Chan (Indian-Chinese film actor, Hong Kong)

    3) Shupo Dong (Album producer of TASAT, Taiwan)

    4) Sergelen Gantogoo (GANAA) (Mongol Singer, Korea)


23 April (Sun)

10:30 – 12:30 PRACTICING (professional media practitioners and media education)

Chair: Yuko Kawai (Inter-cultural Communications, Rikkyo University, Japan)

    1) Roberto Maxwell (Brazilian documentary filmmaker, Japan)

               2) JB Pun Magar (Nepalese journalist and news editor, Hong Kong)

    3) Pei-hsiang Lee (Radio program host, Taiwan)

    4) Migrant Internet-Radio Broadcasting Groups (MWTV, Korea)


13:30- 17:00 pm SHARING (experiences of making visual expressions of one’s own voices)

Chair: John N. Erni (Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK)

    1: 30- 2:40 : Film Showing

    Short films of four cities (10 minutes each) with a collaged image of “Trans-Asia               Multicultural Situations” created by Joo Wonho (Migrant World Television,       Korea)

2:50-4:50 Discussion among film makers and filmed subjects

                    Commentator: Eric Tsang (Film director, Hong Kong)

     1) Hiroki Bell (film maker) & Sophian Whayeb (filmed subject) (Japan)

     2) Olique Barua (film maker)& Bipin Bishwokarma (filmed subject) (Hong Kong)

    3) Awi Pawan (film maker) & Subject: Chin-chih Hung (filmed subject),            Representative presenter: Marilyn Dino (Member of TASAT Theater) (Taiwan)

    4) Jin Shu(film maker) & Jin Meihong (filmed subject) (Korea)

   5) Abdullaev Ahidjon (film maker) & Students of Seoul On Dream Education Center (Korea)


17:15 – 18:00 Debriefing & discussion: Towards further collaboration