This project aims to examine the responses in two Southeast Asian countries to the undersea earthquake in Japan that occurred in March 2011.
The earthquake was the largest recorded in Japan and one of the largest in the world over the past century. In both Malaysia and Indonesia there was considerable outpourings of support for those affected.
Initiative took various forms including the collection of monies, offers of personnel and non-financial assistance, and symbolic expressions of solidarity. In Malaysia, for example, shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor involved customers in folding thousands of paper cranes, while school children raised money to send to Japan. In Indonesia, the Indonesian Red Cross prepared medical teams to send to Japan while similar symbolic paper-crane-folding expressions of support spontaneously emerged in various areas.
This project aims to describe the nature of these responses and what they indicate about the socio-political transformations in the region.
Chief investigator: Julian CH Lee