Juliano and other PoS Students Present Papers During the 4th JSA-ASEAN Conference in Thailand

January 25, 2015

Mr. Hansley Juliano, a Department of Political Science Lecturer, together with Mr. Matthew David Ordonez (AB PoS 2013, M.A. PoS Cand., 2015) and Mr. Karl Gerrard See (AB PoS Student) presented papers in the 4th International Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (JSA-ASEAN). The event was held last 15-17 December, 2014, at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Pathum Thani, Thailand. The theme of the conference was “State and Non-state Actors in Japan-ASEAN Relations and Beyond”, attributed to how non-state actors within Japan and the ASEAN have grown and intertwined in the field of trade and investment integration, social and political activities, natural disaster management, and other educational and cultural exchange programs.

Young Ateneo PoS Scholars. From left to right: Mr. Karl Gerrard See, Mr. Matthew David Ordonez, and Mr. Hansley Juliano.

Mr. Juliano presented a paper (co-written with Mr. Neil Brian Farne) entitled “Escaping the Gravity Well: Socio-Political Tensions within the Narrative Trajectories of Gundam’s Universal Century (UC) Timeline”, a study reviewing the various themes involved in the popular Gundam anime metaseries falling under the genre of robot anime. His study attempted to point out how the aforementioned robot anime franchise, supposedly held up as a presentable image for Japanese culture, is also fraught by contradictions borne out of existing Japanese socio-political issues it continues to struggle to address up to this day.

Mr. Ordonez, for his part, presented a paper entitled “Uniqlo and the Politics of ‘Fast Retailing’: Towards a New Regime of Japanese Retail production”. This paper examined the innovations and the adjustments in labor and production in Uniqlo’s application of standard Japanese Fordism and Taylorism. His findings suggest that Uniqlo’s new hybridized adaptation of Japanese Fordism increases its control over labor relations and technological development in a model both efficient and standardized across different countrie, but also disempowers its laborers as it sacrifices democratic labor relations for cheap and adaptable production.

Finally, Mr. See presented a comparative study named “Prostituted Women and Foreign Interaction: A Historical Social Study”, which specifically looked at the historical cases of Olongapo City in the Philippines and Okinawa in Japan. His intervention intended to provide a deeper and more personal glimpse into the lives of the marginalized prostitution sector especially in a city context. The paper thus portrays the lives of the women and the city’s development at the hands of foreign intervention, showing how their interactions as well as problems which developed from this all come together into  deep personal glimpses.

The event was sponsored by the Japan Foundation, the Mitsui-NUS Japanese Studies in Southeast Asia Endowment Fund, Toshiba and the Toshiba International Foundation, and the Japanese Studies Association of Thailand.