Seminar: Awareness and Attitudes towards ASEAN: Updated Findings from a Ten-Nation Survey of University Students in ASEAN




The ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute will organise a seminar to share the findings from an update of a survey on undergraduates’ awareness of and attitudes towards ASEAN.  The seminar is held in conjunction with the 48th ASEAN Day reception hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore.

The findings are an update of a first survey undertaken in 2007 among university undergraduates in the ten ASEAN member states. The updated survey, which was carried out in 2014-15 among the same target population, has an expanded scope in measuring several dimensions of students’ knowledge about and orientations towards ASEAN.  Preliminary findings have highlighted that overall, there are more ASEAN-positive attitudes among young educated citizens in the region.

Dr Eric Thompson, the project’s lead investigator will present key findings of the updated survey, including findings on a nation-by-nation basis and a general summary of region-wide trends and what they suggest for the prospects of ASEAN integration beyond 2015.


Eric C. Thompson is Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. Before joining NUS, he completed a PhD in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Los Angeles.

Eric teaches anthropology, gender studies, urban studies and research methods. He has conducted research for over two decades throughout Southeast Asia, primarily in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. His research interests include transnational networking, gender studies, urbanism, culture theory, and ASEAN regionalism.

His work has appeared in journals such as American Ethnologist, Asian Studies Review, Citizenship Studies, Contemporary Sociology, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Field Methods, Gender Place and Culture, Global Networks, Political Geography, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies International Forum among others. He is author of Unsettling Absences: Urbanism in Rural Malaysia (NUS Press, 2007) and Attitudes and Awareness toward ASEAN: Findings of a Ten-Nation Survey (with Chulanee Thianthai, ISEAS, 2008).



4.00 pm:          Registration

4.30 pm:          Opening Remarks by Mr Tan Chin Tiong, Director, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

4.35 pm:          Presentation of Survey Update Findings by Dr Eric C. Thompson, Project Lead Investigator

5.15 pm:          Q & A

6.00 pm:          End of Seminar


This event is open for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission to the seminar will be taken as confirmed upon receiving written acceptance from the Institute.

To register, please complete this form and return it by fax: 6775-6264 or email: or by 12 noon on Monday, 24 August 2015.

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