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【東文研セミナー(ASNET共催)】All Refugees: Migration as Leaving and Coming Home

  • 講演会

 With this opportunity of having Dr. Michael Lim Tan, the Chancellor of the University of the Philippines, Diliman as the invitee in the framework of the Japan Foundation Asia Center Cultural Leader’s Invitation Program, we would like to host a lecture event at the University of Tokyo.

Date Friday, September 29, 2017

15:00 16:40

* Doors open: 14:30

Venue Large Meeting Room, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (3rd floor)
Speaker Prof. Michael Lim Tan (DVM, PhD, Chancellor, University of the Philippines Diliman)
Title All Refugees: Migration as Leaving and Coming Home
Admission fee Free

* Pre-registration:

* First-come-first-served basis, for those who did not pre-register

* 100 seats.

Language English *With no interpretation provided.
Abstract Migration has been a burning issue in the last few years, mainly by way of restricting people’s movements.  My presentation will look at migration as people in search of a home, and how we are all descended from refugees.  The Chinese and Japanese words for refugees are the same 逃难, fleeing hardship and “hardship” or adversity has many definitions: economic, political, religious, and very personal ones. Migration spurred the expansion of Homo sapiens, and created many new possibilities for the development of humanity.


I will use examples from the Philippines, especially in relation to Japan, to show the great diversity in migration, with emphasis on liminality, the period of uncertainty because of adjustments, and legal restrictions.  In today’s turbulent world, the reasons for fleeing hardship have expanded many times over and it is important that societies become more compassionate, understanding that leaving one’s home can be a very difficult decision to make, with the next generations of migrants sometimes choosing to return to their origins.  Ultimately, migration is a matter of looking for, and making a home.

Organizers Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (c/o Yoneno Laboratory), The University of Tokyo

The Japan Foundation Asia Center

Asian Studies Network (ASNET), The Univeristy of Tokyo

Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo

ACCESS Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN
From subway stations: 
 Hongo-sanchome Sta. (Subway Ooedo Line) 5 min. walk
 Hongo-sanchome Sta. (Subway Marunouchi Line) 6 min. walk

 Yushima Sta. (Subway Chiyoda Line) 9 min. walk

 Todaimae Sta. (Subway Nanboku Line) 15 min. walk

From Ochanomizu Sta. (JR Chuo Line, Sobu Line):

 Subway: Marunouchi Line for Ikebukuro and get off at Hongo-sanchome Sta. 6 min. walk

 Subway: Chiyoda Line for Toride and get off at Yushima Sta. or Nezu Sta. 9 min. walk

 Bus: Toei 07 for Tokyo Univ. and get off at Todai (Tatsuokamon, Byoin-mae, or Konai Bus Stop)