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Welcome to COHDA 2019

Welcome to the 6th Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2019) to be held on Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, 2019 at the Nagoya Sakae Tokyu REI Hotel in Nagoya, Japan.

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This is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

Sightseeing tours

We are also pleased to announce that COHDA 2019 will be held during the Cherry Blossom Season in Nagoya. In Nagoya, usually the cherry blossom season is from the very end of March through the beginning of April. However, when the Japanese cherry blossoms are known as “Sakura” bloom, really depends on the weather, so you should consider yourself lucky if you’re able to see them in full bloom. The Japanese people love the sight of these trees with their light pink blossoms. They go on picnics and excursions just to see them. This is called “Hanami” in Japanese, literally meaning “to see the flowers”.

About COHDA 2019

Welcome to the 6th International Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2019). With the theme of Emerging Issues for Change, Continuity and Diversity, the aim of this event is to draw attention to both the progress and challenges facing an increasing globalized Asia. The economic, industrial and political developments among the nations that are located within the continent have brought about dramatic social change. Within a span of just over a century, Asia has been a major site of colonialism and decolonization, global warfare, political upheaval and regime change, the rise of new nations, ongoing ethnic and religious conflict, economic boom and recession, population explosion, cultural diasporas, viral epidemics, technological advancement, and severe environmental pollution and disasters.

While commentators and analysts have recognized the vast changes that have shaped the Asian continent, it is also crucial to understand the continuities that are maintained even in the face of such impetus for change. Apart from change, what constants still resist change? In addition, what factors contribute to such ongoing resilience? Although it may be argued that the forces of globalization and development have set in motion a number of positive changes in the ways we live our lives, this has also been counterbalanced by the continuities of inequality and suffering of many others. The tide of change often exists in a state of tension with the forces of continuity. Hence, in order for us to comprehend the forces of change, we must also engage other opposing forces.

At the same time, attempts to mediate the tension between change and continuity have given rise to growing diversities. Driven partly by the forces of migration within a global economic order often guided by transnational markets of production or consumption, new political and social-cultural fragmentation and intersections within nation-states in Asia have emerged. In the face of such developments, the implications of and challenges to efforts at sustainability are numerous. While it is increasingly recognized that sustainability entails dimensions far beyond the ecological sphere, the next step is to examine and understand the impact of change and continuity and the resultant diversities that are contained within.

We welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, March 1, 2019. Click on the Link Below to See the List of Topics and Submit your Proposal Today!

COHDA 2019 Submission Application Form

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Program Committee

Takayuki YamadaChairperson and Plenary Speaker
Takayuki Yamada
INTESDA Chairperson
Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also has served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada served on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordCo-Chairperson and Program Director
Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director
Japan

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Readers

  • Kanato Kashima, Ph.D., Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Zulfiya Imyarova, Ph.D., International Educational Program, Narxoz University, Kazakhstan
  • Beverly A. Sarza, Ph.D., De La Salle University Manila, Manila, Philippines
  • Jin Su Jeong, Ph.D., School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • Thirayu Meererksom, M.B.A., Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Ana Salomé García Muñiz, Ph.D., Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain