The Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes
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Laureates for 2011
Grand Prize,Mr. ANG Choulean
Grand Prize
Vandana SHIVA
Environmental Philosopher and Activist (Director, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology)
India / Environmental Philosophy
Grand Prize,Vandana SHIVA
In Bangalore, India after returning from PhD in Canada.
Grand Prize,Vandana SHIVA
At a session with farmers at the Navdanya Farm, Doon Valley, 2007 (With Percy Schmieser, Canadian Farmer and Activist).
Grand Prize,Vandana SHIVA
At Navdanya Farm in Doon Valley with Minister of Environment and Forests, Mr. Jairam Ramesh, 2009.

Dr. Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmental philosopher who has enlightened many people by publicizing her original ideas about love for nature and protecting the dignity of life. Her sharp insight has exposed the contradictions in modern 'development' and 'globalization' from the perspective of women and the poor.

Dr. Shiva was born in Dehra Dun in northern India in 1952. After receiving an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the University of Guelph, Canada, she studied Quantum Theory at the University of Western Ontario, and received a Ph.D. in Physics. When she returned to India, she used her expertise as a highly-qualified scientist as the basis for founding, in 1982, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy (later, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology) in order to explore the points of contact between nature and human beings.

During the 1980s, India was in the middle of successive waves of reforms, and there was series of new movements led by ordinary citizens. In her home village in the mountains, women were fighting against developers to protect forests. One such struggle was known as the Chipko Movement for its nonviolent tactic of 'chipko'(clinging to trees) to stop deforestation in the Himalaya Mountains. Dr. Shiva let the world know about this grassroots movement and called for support. She became an active exponent of 'Ecofeminism', a new ideological movement which combined ecology and feminism.

During the 1990s, Dr. Shiva worked on the issue of protecting farmers' livelihoods which were forced to change rapidly under the influence of the global market economy.

She founded an NGO called Navdanya in 1991, and started to work towards the conservation of traditionally used seeds, organic farming and fair trade. In 2001, she founded an international college for sustainable living. The core philosophy behind these activities is 'Earth democracy'. This is a principle which connects the particular to the universal, the distinctive to the mutual, and the local to the global, in order to pursue values such as peace, justice and sustainability. Through this principle, she appealed to people to protect a community for living creatures on the earth, that is, a 'family of the earth'.

She has written a book about this principle, Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace, and a number of others. Many of them are translated into Japanese, such as The Violence of the Green Revolution; Monocultures of the Mind: Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology; and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Survival in India. In 1993, she received the Right Livelihood Award known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.

For her powerful messages and the initiative in mobilizing people in a grassroots social movement, Dr. Vandana Shiva rightly deserves the Grand Prize of the Fukuoka Prize.

"Earth Democracy: Cultivating Cultures of Sustainability, Justice and Peace"
  • 18:30 - 20:30, Tue., September 11
  • ACROS FUKUOKA(with a seating capacity of 500)
Academic Prize,Mr. CHO Dong-il
Academic Prize
Historian (Senior Advisor, Southeast Asian Studies Program, Thammasat University)
Thailand / History, Politics
Academic Prize,CHO Dong-il
His family in Banpong, Ratchaburi, Thailand in 1954 when he was 13.
Academic Prize,CHO Dong-il
He became a Buddhist monk for one month in 1976 when he was 35.
Academic Prize,CHO Dong-il
Leading and lecturing school students through ruins of the old capital of Ayutthaya, Thailand, early 1980s.

Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri is one of the leading historians not only of Thailand but also of Southeast Asia. His outstanding achievements in the field of Thai history, especially the history of Ayutthaya, and also his researches into modern Thai history, have made a significant public impact through his teaching, and have won international acclaim.

After graduating from the Faculty of Political Science of Thammasat University in Thailand, Dr. Charnvit studied at Cornell University in the US and received a Ph.D. in 1972. In the following year, he started teaching at Thammasat. Ever since, while undertaking a series of demanding positions as a professor, the Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and the President of Thammasat University, he has never slackened in his research, and worked hard to make the best use of the fruits of his research for education and to spread awareness of this in Thai society. Especially significant was his pioneering role to establish Southeast Asian Studies as an academic discipline in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Thammasat, as the first one of its kind in Thailand. He has been also instrumental in producing high quality textbooks and specialized books for education and academic work in his capacity as the Secretary of the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Sciences and Humanities Textbooks Project. Moreover, he was invited to work at Kyoto University, the University of California, Cornell University and the University of Hawaii, and thus has been playing an active part as an international scholar.

The focus of Dr. Charnvit's study is the history of Ayutthaya, but it extends also to the modern history of Thailand. His books, The Rise of Ayutthaya: A History of Siam in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries and Ayutthaya: History and Politics redefined the status of Ayutthaya, as an international city, in the wider context of Southeast Asian history. This work broke new ground for research into the history of Ayutthaya. He has published a great number of other books. These provided the foundation for a collective volume, Discovering Ayutthaya for which he secured contribution from a number of Thai scholars, and which was subsequently translated into Japanese and English. It has had a great many readers. His academic contribution to modern history, including A Political History of Thailand 1932-1957, has been also considerable. His readiness to speak out and express his opinions about the problems in modern Thai society has also earned him notable influence as a social commentator.

Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri has achieved remarkable success, not only in his study of Ayutthaya history, but also in his comprehensive research into Southeast Asian history and modern Thai history, embracing political, economic, and social perspectives. He has taken this achievement even further by disseminating his work in the educational sphere, and has helped develop international cooperation among the Thai historians. For the invaluable service he has rendered, Dr. Charnvit is truly worthy of the Academic Prize of the Fukuoka Prize.

"Maritime Relations around International Capital Ayutthaya: From Japan to Arabia"
  • 18:30 - 20:30, Fri., September 14
  • ACROS FUKUOKA(with a seating capacity of 500)
Arts and Culture Prize,Niels GUTSCHOW
Arts and Culture Prize
Kidlat Tahimik
Film Maker, Installation/ Performance Artist, Culture Observer
Philippines / Film
Art and culture prize,Kidlat Tahimik
With his family when he was 6 (1949)
Art and culture prize,Kidlat Tahimik
With indigenous elder Lopes Nauyac, his mentor and best friend from Ifugao Rice Terraces. (1999)
Art and culture prize,Kidlat Tahimik
Walking the Indigenous talk on the urban pedestrian lane with his cultural metaphors, the bamboo camera and Ifugao Fundoshi(2002)

Mr. Kidlat Tahimik is a leading Asian independent filmmaker who involves himself in every single step of filmmaking, from script-writing through shooting, editing, acting, and producing to directing. By doing this, he has made a great contribution to global filmmaking culture, and has won international acclaim for his unique style of presenting a distinctively Filipino combination of third-world self-consciousness and pride, wrapping this up in his own individual sense of humour.

He was born in Baguio in 1942. After graduating from the University of the Philippines, he studied at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and received an M.B.A. He worked as a researcher for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and then returned home to start his career as an independent filmmaker. In 1977, his first film, "Perfumed Nightmare" received the FIPRESCI Award (International Critics Award) at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was shown in the USA in 1981.

This film won him fame in the international world of film production, and had an enormous influence on younger Asian filmmakers. By applying an original method of intermingling fiction with elements of documentary, he presents a naive Filipino driver who is suddenly sent to Paris with his jeepney (a kind of taxi named after 'jeep' and 'Jitney') by an American company, and rushes around the city in total confusion. Amidst the laughter, there are some sharp barbs at the self-righteousness of the developed countries and at the underside of development.

This film was followed by a series of idiosyncratic films, including Who Invented the YoYo, Who Invented the Moon Buggy? and I am Furious Yellow'94; Why is Yellow Middle of Rainbow? The former is about a young man who is possessed by a wild fancy that he should play yo-yo (a Philippine invention) on the moon, and makes a successful lunar voyage in a home-made rocket constructed from ordinary household goods. The latter reveals the turbulent recent history of the Philippines through a home movie recording a son growing up. As a standard-bearer for independent filmmakers, he has continued to be active in making and screening films. At screenings of his films, he performs sketches and dances with a company from the Igorot people. In the field of art, too, he often stays in Takedera in Hanno city (Saitama prefecture) and Echigo Tsumari (Niigata prefecture) to make installation art and films. His artistic work is borderless. Since co-founding the Baguio Arts Guild in 1986, he has done much to help train young artists. In Fukuoka, too, he has performed in Ohori Park, and mounted an exhibition and a film show at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

Mr. Kidlat Tahimik has thus achieved many successes as a leading Asian independent filmmaker. He has also been an inspiration to the young generation as well as working constantly on diverse artistic projects. For such a contribution, he deserves the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Prize.

"Filming with Uchu: Dialogue with Kidlat Tahimik, Pioneer of Asian Independent Film"
  • 13:30 - 18:00(Tentative), Sun., September 16
  • ELGALA Hall(with a seating capacity of 500)
Arts and Culture Prize,Niels GUTSCHOW
Arts and Culture Prize
G.R.Ay. Koes Murtiyah Paku Buwono
Court Dancer (Director of the Foundation Cultural Education Kraton Surakarta, Chief of Sasana Wilapa Kraton Surakarta)
Indonesia / Dance
Art and culture prize,Koes Murtiyah
With her family in her childhood, 1964.
Art and culture prize,Koes Murtiyah
Ramayana performance for 66th year celebration of Surakarta Kingdom. (third from the left, 2011)
Art and culture prize,Koes Murtiyah
With her family, 2012.

G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah Paku Buwono is the heir to a tradition of court dance which has continued for 300 years in the royal house of Mataram in central Java. Having had a thorough education in Javanese culture since her childhood, she has striven to introduce traditional court dance widely while supporting the preservation and advancement of central Javanese traditional culture. She has also gained a high reputation internationally as a dancer.

The division of the Mataram Sultanate in Java into two sultanates, Surakarta in Solo and Yogyakarta, was a key stage in its decline. Today Mataram faces the challenges of modernization and globalization, along with other difficult problems, but G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah has continued to protect traditional culture, including gamelan music, dance, shadow-play and religious rites, and has made efforts to hand these over to the next generation.

G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah, now a representative of central Javanese culture, was born a princess in the Karaton Surakarta in 1960. When she was a child, she began to learn the court dances, which had been handed down from generation to generation in the Javanese court, as the prerogative of royalty. Her talent was recognized early on. During her upbringing as a member of the royal family, she became deeply concerned to ensure the continuation of traditional culture while society and economy were modernized. In 1982, she started to study Javanese literature at Sebelas Maret State University, further deepening her knowledge about the culture of Java.

She recorded and made commercially available a CD of Srimpi Sangapati, a previously esoteric gamelan music piece which had been handed down from generation to generation in the Javanese court, so that central Javanese court culture could continue and its significance could be understood by society. She was also much involved in public performances of Javanese court dances and full-scale gamelan concerts not only in Java but also in Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and the U.S. Through such efforts, there has been a wider understanding and greater appreciation of Javanese court music both home and abroad. Her achievement has been to gain the same sort of international recognition for Javanese traditional culture as had previously been the preserve of Balinese dance.

Besides these activities, as a member of Indonesian People’ s Consultative Assembly, she has played an important role in cultural administration, including the conservation of traditional culture. Having recognized her achievements and efforts, the Sultan of Surakarta appointed her as a general supervisor for the preservation and promotion of court dance.

As an outstanding dancer and also a key figure in the preservation and development of traditional Javanese culture through her work in training successors, G.R.Ay. Koes Muritiyah Paku Buwono is truly worthy of the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Prize.

"Javanese Court Dance and Gamelan Music: From Source of Tradition to the World"(Tentative)
  • 13:30 - 15:30, Sat., September 15
  • ACROS FUKUOKA(with a seating capacity of 500)
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