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Title East Asian Civil Society Dialogue on the Sphere of Intimacy: 4th Hokkaido Dialogue (16/0219-20)
Writer 사회학과사무실 Date 2016.02.15 Hit 1443


                   East Asian Civil Society Dialogue on the Sphere of Intimacy:

4th Hokkaido Dialogue


Co-hosted by

Department of Sociology, Chung-Ang University

BK21PLUS Team, Chung-Ang University

Chung-Ang Institute of Sociology

Graduate School of Public Policy, Hokkaido University


Date: February 19-20, 2016

Venue: Rm #703, Bldg #301, Chung-Ang University




                                             Aim of the 4th Hokkaido Dialogue         


December 9, 2015

Naomi Chi


The East Asian Research Center of the Graduate School of Public Policy at Hokkaido University started the international initiative “Hokkaido Dialogue” since January 2013. This then, the 2nd Hokkaido Dialogue took place in February 2014, the 3rd in February 2015. Hokkaido Dialogue is an international conference that aims to stimulate intellectual dialogue within East Asia over the building of civil society and governance capacity.


While undoubtedly the most dynamic and fastest growing region of the world, East Asia faces many challenges that are both global and unique to the region: traditional and non-traditional threats, environmental degradation, territorial disputes, trade friction, the growing rural-urban divide, problems of crisis management in instances of large scale and complex disasters, and rising nationalism. These challenges might be contained or managed by the different forms of political institutions in the region but they seem unequal to the task. The experiences of South Korea and Taiwan have demonstrated that while introducing procedural fairness, democratization does not necessarily bring about social justice internally nor conciliatory approaches externally. Similarly, rapid economic growth in China has accentuated internal structural problems and external national assertiveness. Once a global economic powerhouse, Japan is also witnessing the deterioration of its social fabric and the decline of many of the institutions through which it engaged in its miraculous post-war reconstruction. Similar problems can be observed throughout the region.


While “civic society” is not a panacea, it allows for autonomous dialogue and intellectual exploration on issues common to East Asian societies. It can serve as a useful conceptual tool for us to explore possible common interests not defined by the market, the state, or other, more traditional, institutional forms. We also hope to discuss possible ways in which intellectuals and NGOs/NPOs can contribute to the building of governance capacity.


In the first Hokkaido Dialogue, Professor Xu Youyu (leading intellectual in the movement for freedom of speech and democratic rights in China), Prof. Cho Hee Yeon (distinguished sociologist and also an activist involved in the People’s solidarity movement in Korea), and Prof. Qiu Yubin (involved in establishing labour unions in Taiwanese universities) were invited to discuss issues pertaining to environment, labour and gender in their respective societies.


The second Hokkaido dialogue took place under a specific theme “Media, Internet and Power”and intellectuals including Prof. Huang Guochang (young charismatic intellectual involved in the sunflower students movement in Taiwan), Mr. Kim Ojun (social media tycoon responsible of series of demonstrations in Korea) and Mr. Koichi Yasuda (freelance journalist who reports on hate speech in Japan) were invited to discuss about the intervention of political power in civil society, media and self-regulation, rising nationalism and patriotism in their respective regions. 


The third Hokkaido Dialogue dealt with issues pertaining to the young generation, more specifically issues pertaining to employment, political involvement, and generational conflict and management. Mr. Jung Juyoung (member of the Youth Community Union in Korea), Mr. Chen Weiting and Mr. Wei Yang (leaders of the sunflower students’ movement in Taiwan) and Prof. Yuasa Makoto (scholar and social activist in Japan)were invited to discuss the challenges that the young generation face in their respective regions.


The fourth Hokkaido Dialogue is scheduled to take place in February 2016 in Seoul, Korea, under the theme of “Sphere of Intimacy.” This year’s Hokkaido Dialogue will be a joint venture between the Graduate School of Public Policy at Hokkaido University and the Department of Sociology at ChungAng University and will be hosted in Seoul, Korea. The focus will be on families, households, and wider and more flexible forms of affective/care communities. In particular, we intend to consider the common and varied features among the four societies on the following three factors: 1) the transformation of ‘family’ from an extended large family through the nuclear family to a one-person household, 2) parallel processes of social changes involving the sexual, gender, and (nationally) reproductive behaviors and norms (e.g. the late or non-marriage, the same-sex marriage or transnational householding), 3) its policy implications, from the measures to tackle the low birth rates to the accommodation of foreign (mostly female) workers and international marriages.


As Hokkaido Dialogue is a unique initiative different from traditional academic conferences, please note the following:

(1) First, the guest speakers of Hokkaido Dialogue will include not only experts and intellectuals who have academic expertise but also practical knowledge of the issues at hand. More specifically, the aim is to invite guest speakers who are scholars that are able to discuss the issue qualitatively as well as quantitatively, and also practitioners and activists who have first-hand knowledge from the four respective regions in East Asia.

(2) In order to ensure that the content of the presentations and discussion of the speakers and audience are precisely represented and understood, the conference will be hosted in all three languages (Chinese, Japanese and Korea; simultaneous interpretations will be available) instead of using English as the language Franca.











09:00  Opening Remarks

Professor LEE Na-Young李娜榮 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)

Professor ENDO Ken遠藤乾 (Hokkaido University北海道大学)


09:30  Session 1: East Asian Social Movements Today

Chair: Prof. SHIN Kwang-Yeong申光榮 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)

Professor TOMINAGA Kyoko 富永京子 (Ritsumeikan University立命館大学)

Professor NOMIYA Dai 野宮大志郎 (Chuo University中央大学)

Professor SHIN Jin-Wook申晋旭 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)


Prof. SHIBATA Haruka 柴田悠 (Ritsumeikan University立命館大学)

Prof. BAEK Seung-Wook 白承旭 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)


11:30  Lunch


12:30 Session 2: Transformation in the Sphere of Intimacy: Family, Reproduction and Household (Presentations)

Chair: Professor SUZUKI Ken 鈴木賢 (Meiji University明治大学)

Professor WU Xiaoying 呉小英 (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences中国社会科学院)

Professor KIM Kyoung-hee 金京姫 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)

Professor SHEN Hsiu-Hua沈秀華 (Tsinghua University清華大学)

Professor TSUTSUI Junya筒井淳也 (Ritsumeikan University立命館大学)


15:30  Health Break


15:45 Session 3: Transformation in the Sphere of Intimacy: Family, Reproduction, and Household (Discussion)

Chair: Prof. LIN Chenwei林成蔚 (Tokoha University常葉大学)


Ms. FAN Qiaohui 範俏慧 (University of Tokyo東京大学)

Prof. LEE Na-Young 李娜榮 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)

Prof. YAO Jento姚人多 (Tsinghua University 淸華大学)

Prof. ENDO Ken 遠藤乾 (Hokkaido University北海道大学)


17:45~18:00  Closing Remarks

Prof. SHIN Kwang-Yeong 申光榮 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)

Prof. YAO Jento姚人多 (Tsinghua University 淸華大学)


18:00  Reception



09:00  Session 4 (Closed session): Sphere of Intimacy in East Asia--Activism and Synchronicity

Chair: Prof. LEE Na-Young 李娜榮 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)

Ms. WANG Xiaoping 王小平 (Western Sunshine Foundation, China農村発展基金会)

Ms. RYU Min-Hee 柳玟熙 (Lawyer, Korea弁護士)

Ms. LIN Shiou-yi 林秀怡 (Awakening Foundation財団法人婦新知基)

Ms. TAKAHASHI Ami 高橋亜美 (Yuzuriha Foundationゆずりは【譲葉】)


12:00  Lunch


13:00  Discussion

Chair: Prof. ENDO Ken 遠藤乾 (Hokkaido University北海道大学)


15:00  Closing remarks

Prof. LEE Na-Young 李娜榮 (Chung-Ang University中央大学)

Prof. ENDO Ken 遠藤乾 (Hokkaido University北海道大学)


18:00  Dinner 


Attach 2016 EACSD.pdf