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Day One - Launching

        The 2011 Asia-Pacific Forum on Mass Media and Education for International Understanding commenced today on September 20th at Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel. The day opened up with remarks by APCEIU director LEE Seunghwan who welcomed mass media professionals from 25 countries. Three distinguished guests were invited to give plenary speeches: Mr Henry Omaga-Diaz(Anchorman, ABS-CBN and Radio DZMM; Senior Correspondent, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, Philippines) described his coverage of labor migration in the Philippines; Ms Suh Hwa-Sook(Staff Writer, Hankookilbo) reported on the state of journalism in Korea and appealed for a stronger role by mass media in pushing for more sustainable development, particularly in housing; and Mr Saeed Ahmad(Assistant News Editor, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Pakistan) communicated the results of a case study addressing the media징짱s role in the natural disaster of Attabad Lake in Pakistan.
        For the afternoon session, participants were divided into two groups under the themes of 징짰Cultural Heritage and Diversity & International Cooperation징짱 and 징짰Climate Change and Natural Disaster & Labor Migration징짱 in Asia and the Pacific. Participants prepared presentations that drew on their unique experiences of addressing these issues in their countries. For example, in addressing the first theme, a documentary about sea gypsies was presented. It narrates about their sustainable way of living and how the tsunami changed their lives, sweeping away their traditional lifestyles. The documentary raised questions about preservation of cultural diversity versus the pressure for acclimation.
        For the other theme, participants described the effects of climate change in their countries and shared media tactics to address this complex global issue. Among them, one participant presented a self-produced video about Bhutan징짱s environmental conservation projects aimed at nurturing a love for nature among school children. The green schools project attracted the attention of fellow participants and was followed by lively discussion about other environmental projects that could be supported by mass media. Participants also compared their country징짱s experiences with labor migration and the role the media has played in influencing discourse and public policy.  The presentation and discussion venue aimed to provide participants with a valuable experience to realize how their collective efforts can bring about international cooperation.


Day Two - Field Visits & Discovering Korea