Lit up city buildings in Singapore at night

Rebellion and Foundation: Southeast Asia, the UK, and 50 years of development

Saturday 28th February 2015, 3.00 - 4.30pm, Alumni Theatre, NAB
Speakers: Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Nickson Fong, Yang-May Ooi
Chair: Dr Felicia Yap

This year ASEAN becomes an integrated economic community. The year caps five decades of foundation and development since the region's formal independence from the West. What are the creative voices contending for the soul of a region where freedom, economic prosperity, civil society, and political maturity continue to evolve in unexpected ways? What forces of rebellion drive the soul of the individual in those societies where economic success - arguably the greatest found in newly-independent states in all human history - has raced ahead of other dimensions of development in the human spirit? What forces drive that spiritual and artistic development in the region more generally? How do these diverge from those along the Trans-Atlantic Axis? What is the culture that sits comfortably with Southeast Asia's place in the global economy? 

Part of the LSE Literary Festival 2015 - Foundations.

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Ahmad Zakii Anwar is a well-known Malaysian ‘urban realist’ artist. His preoccupation with the spiritual or metaphysical aspects of urban life have marked his fine art practice.



Nickson Fong is a Producer/Director and the CEO and Founder of Egg Story Studios. He won the Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards 2013.



Yang-May Ooi is an award-winning TEDx speaker, bestselling author and story performer of Chinese-Malaysian heritage, now based in London.




Dr Felicia Yap is an Associate of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, and Affiliate of the Centre of South Asian Studies at Cambridge University.