9th AJI Research Frontline Seminar on “The Great Nepal Earthquake of 2015: Responses of People, Migrants and the State”
The 9th AJI Research Frontline Seminar was held on October 29, 2019. Dr. Ito (Researcher, Center for Contemporary South Asian Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University) gave a presentation titled “The Great Nepal Earthquake of 2015: Responses of People, Migrants and the State ”.
Dr. Ito discussed in detail the state of solidarity beyond borders that people have shown in facing the disaster of the 2015 Great Earthquake in Nepal, and the situation during the following period. She reported how in Nepal, a historically multi-ethnic nation, the people's compassion and awareness of each other’s needs was strengthened due to the crisis. Of particular note was the great amount of support coming from the overseas Nepalese diaspora, and the fact that among them, the awareness of their Nepalese roots was strengthened through such activities. During the Q&A session, the audience responded to Dr. Ito’s interesting example of humans’ natural and intuitive responses to the disaster and reconstruction and expressed their opinions enthusiastically.
Dr. Ito giving her presentation