The Theme: Communities under Stress Disruptions, brought about by natural disasters like Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic activities or Pandemic or socio-political changes, have put many groups of people throughout Asia under stress for not being prepared to cope with the changes. How they live under the changes forced upon them and how they change to adapt themselves to the new situations are the key questions that the workshop is going to bring up for discussions during the semester. The workshop is to provide a framework of “life in transition” in order to examine how these disruptions take place and how local people live through the changes causes by the disruptions. Case studies provided by guest speakers will cover a wide range of issues including those in Japan and other countries in Asia. For examples, Laos in transitional Economy; Ho Chi minh- development and turmoil; Living with Volcanic Risks in Japan; Living with Earthquakes; Aging Society in China; Pandemic in Vietnam; Living with Information exposed. Local initiatives are also going to be discussed to see where and how these communities should be assisted to live to the fullest while transitioning to the other “better” side of the “shore”. Warning: The order of guest speakers from 5th to 11th week has not been finalized.
Dice is a design engineer who has been working on detecting the stress of members in group discussion by using sensing device and present the level of those stress in "leaf" representation to share with other members. We'll discuss how we can deal with stress.