Organising Committee Bios

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Dorea Ho

Dorea Ho is the Director of Asia Pacific Week 2013 and in her third year studying a Bachelor of Laws and Asia Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. Her interest in Japanese war history led to a gap year as the Rotary Youth Ambassador in Kyoto. She has since become increasingly fascinated with South Asia and plan to consolidate her Hindi over summer in New Delhi. Dorea enjoys tackling new challenges and experiences including promoting legal literacy among prisoners and running activities for migrant children. She is currently the assistant to a visiting Supreme Court Registrar from Japan and a student ambassador for the College of Asia and the Pacific.

 

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Jacob Wray

Jacob Wray is the Deputy Director and Finance Coordinator of APW 2013, as well as a second year Asia-Pacific Studies/Engineering student at ANU, majoring in Chinese and Asia Pacific Politics. His interest in Asia and the Pacific first began in high school, where he studied Japanese for five years. After high school, he moved to Japan, where he worked for the Labo International Exchange Foundation for several months, until the situation at Fukushima forced him to evacuate. After recent trips to Singapore and Hong Kong, he decided to give Chinese a go for his language major. Beside Asia Pacific Studies, Jacob is interested in the Youth Sector. He is a former advisor to the NSW Minister for Youth and is currently a Projects and Sector Development Officer at the Youth Coalition of the ACT.

 

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Anthony Chan

Anthony Chan is the Content Director for APW 2013. He is currently completing a Master of Asia Pacific Studies at ANU, focussing on Pacific history and culture. He recently completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. His Thesis explored the transition of Fijian political institutions through the colonial period to the modern day. Anthony currently works at the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific's School of Culture, History and Language. He has previously worked as a tutor for the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre and has also recently been elected Club Secretary for his local rugby club. Away from ANU, Anthony enjoys playing rugby, fishing, boating and short walks on the beach.

 

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Jessica Hioe

Jessica Hioe is one of the Delegates Coordinators for APW, and is a third year Commerce/Asia Pacific Studies student at ANU. Her interest in Asia, specifically South east Asia (Indonesia) re-emerged once she entered university and realised that she didn’t know much about the country she was born in – despite making regular trips back to Indonesia to climb volcanoes, visit cities and catch up with family. Jessica aims to improve her fluency in Indonesian, and learn more about Indonesia's history and culture before graduating. After graduating she plans to spend more time in Indonesia travelling and possibly working. Jessica is currently the Marketing Secretary for the ANU ASEAN Society (2013), was previously the Social Officer for the Indonesian Studies Association (2012), and has participated in debating at AMUNC 2012 – which was both a terrifying and enjoyable experience. In her free time (or when procrastinating), Jessica enjoys listening to music, dancing in her room, taking photos and folding origami.

 

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Palmo Tezin

Palmo Tenzin is a 2013 Asia Pacific week Logistics Coordinator. She is currently completing her third year in Bachelor of Economics/Asia Pacific Studies at ANU. Her Asia Pacific studies focus on China and security in the region. She spent 2011 in Nanjing, China completing the year in China Graduate Diploma Program with her final research paper discussing the prospects of political reform in China. Palmo currently works as a Research Assistant at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, assisting with the management of the Asia Pacific HealthGAEN Network and other research projects. She has previously volunteered for the Oaktree Foundation as “Live below the Line” Operations Coordinator and as a Research Assistant for the not-for-profit Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in India. Palmo is of Tibetan origin and has a keen interest in security in the Himalayan region, with a particular focus on the economic and social development of Himalayan populations. Out of the library and classrooms, Palmo enjoys all outdoor sports, particularly favouring soccer, hiking, riding and tennis. She is also a keen traveller and looks forward to one day exploring Kashmir, Iceland and South America.

 

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Tammy Cho

Tammy Cho is a second year ANU student studying Asia Pacific Studies and Law. Her interests include music and Korean history. She is Logistics Coordinator for Asia Pacific Week 2013. Tammy was brought up in an environment rich with her Korean heritage which has acted as the foundation for her interest in the Asia Pacific region. Before starting her degree, her short story cycle ‘The Script’ was published in ‘Young Writers Showcase 11’. The piece is based on the creation of Korea’s independent writing system and the subsequent implications on the national, political, and self. Tammy is currently majoring in Japanese which will be her third spoken language. Dogs are her favourite animal, and she is the Vice President of Administration at Burton and Garran Hall for 2013.

 

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Michael Tan

Michael Tan is a Media and Marketing Coordinator for Asia Pacific Week 2013. He is currently undertaking his Honours year in a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) at ANU and is exploring the nature of multiculturalism in the Australian context. In 2012 Michael completed his law degree at ANU. He has a strong interest in International Law and recently completed a course on International Organisations in Geneva, Switzerland. He hopes to one day work overseas in the UN or for an NGO. Michael has had some experience in domestic politics, having volunteered in state and federal political campaigns. He also spent some time working in community legal centres within the ACT. Michael was a delegate in the 2012 Asia Pacific Week Conference.

 

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James Dalley

James Dalley is in his fifth year studying a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Japanese)/Law at ANU. He is the Media and Marketing Coordinator for Asia Pacific Week 2013. Before beginning his degree, James was a member of the Canberra-Nara Sister City Committee and was a student representative for the ACT during delegate visits from Nara, Japan. In 2009, he took leave from his studies to travel and work in Japan to improve his Japanese language and cultural studies. Since resuming his studies, he has also tutored Australian law to Japanese students, as well as sharing his knowledge of Japanese law through tutoring programmes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. He hopes to graduate at the end of this year, and in the future would like to specialise in either international trade law or migration law at a private law firm or government department.

 

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Harold Kuang

Harold (Harry) Kuang is in his fourth year studying a combined Bachelor of Asian Studies and Law degree at ANU. He is a Special Projects Coordinator for Asia Pacific Week 2013. Having lived in Australia his entire life, Harry’s original motivation for studying Asian Studies was to further his Chinese language skills as well as to develop an understanding into his cultural background. Now, Harry is keenly interested in China, its history, culture and politics. Therefore, the chance to be at the forefront and involved in the development of Asia Pacific Week 2013 was an opportunity Harry could not pass up. In the past, Harold has been involved in events such as “Live Below the Line” as a Grassroots Coordinator for the Oaktree Foundation as well as assisting in the development of an ANU Law Reform and Social Justice project.

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