REGISTRATION – CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Webinar Series _Session III

REGISTRATION – CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Webinar Series _Session III


Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context

Webinar Series

“New Migrant Worker Precarity under Covid-19, Repatriation”

  25 NOVEMBER 2020

10:00 AM-01:00 PM Taipei Time (GMT+8)

06:00 PM-09:00 PM ( 24th Nov. PT) /09:00 PM-12:00 PM (24th Nov. EST)/

03:00 AM-06:00 AM (CET/ SAST)*

Venue: Zoom Webinar


 *Please double-check your time zone or write to us if needed.


Migrant workers and the Covid pandemic, repatriation is part of an ongoing 2020-2021 series: “Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context.” The main objective of the webinar will be to join with workers, researchers, activists, policymakers, civil society organizations, journalists and GHI participants to highlight and address the urgency of ASEAN migrant worker justice in Asia under the Covid-19 crisis.

Join us for an active webinar with breakout sessions to brainstorm new developments in juridical research and migrant worker justice, migration research practices, and national legislation and regional solutions.

The agenda for the webinar is as follows

  • 10:00 What are the issues and changing contexts? (Speaker Panel, Respondents)
  • 11:00 Working together (Breakout Discussions)
  • 12:00 Next steps (QnA, Announcements)

Though the focus will be on facilitating a network of translocalized connection and a platform for research and action on new migrant worker precarity in Asia and South Asia, participants from other regions are welcome. The primary language will be in English, with some content interpreted to and from Thai, Chinese, Indonesian.

The event is made possible with support from the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), the International Center for Cultural Studies at National Chiao Tung University, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and SEA Junction, Bangkok. This webinar is organized by members affiliated with the Global Humanities Institute (GHI) 2020, Sudarat Musikawong, Institute for Population and Social Research Mahidol University, Kenzi Chen, Social Practice and Urban Innovation Center at Tung Hai University; tammy ko Robinson, Hanyang University.

About the Speakers

Iweng Karsiwen: Karsiwen is the founder and Chairperson for Kabar Bumi (the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers Families). She had worked in Hong Kong for over ten years, served as the Vice Chair of ATKI-HK (the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong), and later served as the coordinator for ATKI-Indonesia. As an organizer for over twenty years she has worked with migrant workers abroad as well as returnee migrant workers and their families through legal workshops and leadership training for migrant worker rights and anti-trafficking.



Joanna Concepcion: Joanna Concepcion is the chairperson of Migrante International based in the Philippines. Concepcion has been active in local and international grassroots movements to advance the rights of migrant and immigrant workers and advocate for human rights, genuine development, justice and peace in the Philippines and abroad. She previously served as the Executive director of Filipino Migrant Center in the US, where low-income Filipino Families are provided resources and support in their pursuit of rights and justice to uplift their families and communities.

Adisorn Kerdmongkol
: Adisorn Kerdmongkol is founder and coordinator of Migrant Working Group, a consortium of migrant worker organizations that work in legal reform, labor organizing and migrant radio, community based and civil society organizations advocating for migrant worker rights through research, policy advocacy, and organizing for self-empowerment. Having over thirty years experience, he has worked with a network of advocates to change Thailand’s migrant worker policy towards inclusion, justice, and health access.




Prof. Sudarat Musikawong, Institute for Population and Social Research Mahidol University, Thailand

Prof. tammy ko Robinson, Hanyang University, Korea

Dr Kenzi Chen, Social Practice and Urban Innovation Center at Tung Hai University, Taiwan