About this talk
We are excited to share that our next Cha-Time on the topic of “Ethnic Communities in Safeguarding Cultural and Natural Heritage” will be executed in partnership with the fourth annual Sustainability Expo 2023 (“SX 2023”). SX 2023 aims to raise public awareness on the importance of sustainable development across all sectors of the society. In light of our Cha-Time theme, “Cooling the Earth with Cultural Wisdom,” we are happy to work with SX 2023 to promote climate action.
This collaborative episode of Cha-Time will explore how local wisdom, knowledge, skills and experiences from ethnic communities in ASEAN and the Asia Pacific, namely Akha, Temuan and Maori, contribute to protecting their cultural and natural heritage. They will discuss how cultural wisdom has helped their communities cope with the challenges of climate change, and how they have safeguarded their cultural and natural heritage.
Speakers of this talk “Ethnic Communities in Safeguarding Cultural and Natural Heritage” include Mataia Keepa – Director of iKōrero Ltd.,Mr. Ayu Chuepa – Founder of Akha Ama Coffee, and Mr. Shaq Koyok – Temuan artist, will discuss their perspectives on and efforts to preserve cultural identity, biodiversity, and climate resilience in their communities.
Speaker & Moderator
Speaker 1: Mr. Mataia Keepa
Mataia Keepa works to challenge established perceptions of Māori culture and encourages a deeper appreciation of indigenous wisdom, with expertise in mātauranga Māori, including te reo Māori, tikanga, karakia, and Matariki. Currently, Keepa is engaged in research projects that revive and normalize Māori traditions while addressing the complexities of the modern world.
Speaker 2: Mr. Ayu Chuepa
Ayu Chuepa established Akha Ama Coffee in 2010s social enterprise to support coffee farmers in Maejantai village, Maesoi, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Akha Ama Coffee has since received a plethora of awards for its quality, taste, and ethical production.
Speaker 3: Mr. Shahar Koyok
Shahar Koyok, also known as Shaq Koyok, is a contemporary artist of the indigenous Temuan tribe of Selangor. Many of his works reflect the early trauma of encroachment on the jungle around his village by land developers. This personal history has also fueled his passion to fight for the land rights of his people.
Moderator: Ms. Moe Moe Lwin
Daw Moe Moe is a trained in architecture and received an M.Sc in Urban Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. She practiced as an architect for over 22 years, and has volunteered in professional affairs for nearly 20 years. She is currently the Director of Yangon Heritage Trust, an independent non-profit organization working to promote and protect Yangon’s unique heritage, since it was founded in 2012. She has been serving as executive member of the Association of Myanmar Architects since 2001 and of the Myanmar Architect Council since 2015. She is the Vice-Chairperson of SEACHA