Report of the Network of East Asian Think-Tanks (NEAT) Working Group on
"Establishment of Asian Cultural Archives for the Enhancement of Cultural Exchange in East Asia"
6-7 July 2012, Seoul, Korea
The future of East Asian community is contingent on the mutual understanding of cultural commonality and diversity as well as the coordination of political-economic interests. Countries in East Asia have increasingly identified the importance and necessity of cultural exchange in the process of building East Asian Community. The NEAT Workin Group on the Enhancement of Cultural Exchange in East Asia is to deal with the issue of establishing 'Asian Cultural Archives' in 2012.
This Working Group appreciates the spirit of 1998 ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Summit Meeting that made a statement on Asian identity, human exchanges, mutual cultural understanding, and so on. Following this spirit, NEAT recognized the important of building East Asian socio-cultural community at the 2004 Annual Conference and the necessity of building East Asian identity at the 2005 Annual Conference. To implement such recognition, the NEAT Working Group on the Enhancement of Cultural Exchange in Eas Asia reached an agreement in 2007 to hold a series of annual meetings for the following 5 years.
The first meeting of the NEAT "Working Group on Enhancement of Cultural Exchange" was held on June 8, 2007, in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do Province in the Republic of Korea. It was sponsored by the Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (KISEAS), te Country Coordinator of NEAT Korea. A total of 18 participants from all 13 ASEAN Plus Three (APT) countries attended the meeting and engaged in an interactive and productive discussion.
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