Navigating the Challenges of Demographic Diversity and Inclusivity

Managing Demographic Change in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Issues Amidst the ‘New Normal’

Session 3

About the Webinar

Few societies, if any, can claim to be socially homogenous once such claims are critically examined, particularly in light of a highly globalized and transnational environment. The demographic reality of all societies is, consequently, one of diversity in terms of social-cultural, occupational and embodied differences. This is firstly addressed by Dr Lana Khong (National Institute of Education) and Dr Jason Tan (National Institute of Education) as they examine the policy of ‘Foreign Talent’ within Singapore’s education system, unravelling the multi-faceted dynamics of employment policies, which reveal greater challenges to assimilation and integration than presumed. This is followed by Dr Kyoko Kusakabe’s (Asian Institute of Technology) insights on an opposite scenario, where Thailand’s fishing communities face sustainability challenges due to their shrinking numbers. This is exacerbated by labour migration policies that prevent Cambodian workers from remaining in Thailand, but who are, on the other hand, competent replacements. Finally, Dr Evi Nurvidya Arifin (Universiti Brunei Darussalam) highlights the predicament of the elderly with hearing disabilities in Indonesia within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Relevant policies are examined along with recommendations that can further assist this often-neglected community.

This workshop is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Download the workshop programme here.

About the Panelists

Dr Lana Khong and Dr Jason Tan
Lecturers, Department of Policy, Curriculum and Leadership, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Kyoko Kusakabe
School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Dr Evi Nurvidya Arifin
Senior Assistant Professor, Center for Advanced Research (CARe), Universiti Brunei Darussalam


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Nov 20 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am