Welcome to i-COME'16
The International Communication and Media Conference 2016 (i-COME’16): An International Communication Association Regional Conference provides a broad platform for the discussion of emergent and interconnected issues shaped by the meaning of communication, cultural, images and identity as understood in the South East Asian region as well as in other parts of the world. The 2016 ICA regional conference theme “Exploring Communication: Beyond Nation Cultural Adaption, Images and Identity” is aimed to advance scholarship in the field of communication that can be of benefit to communities experiencing change.
At the end of 2000, East Asia (South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia) was faced a financial crisis that had affected business worldwide. Prior to the crisis up to now, these countries were the center for international investments in receiving 25% of world’s foreign direct investments. From communication viewpoint, these are interesting times. Although the crisis has changed the political climate in East Asia, some interesting phenomena has also evolved. China and India eventually become prominent in South East Asia countries economic and security policy, while Australia and New Zealand (perceived as the Western countries) start to look to South East Asian region as their strategic business partners. Together with ASEAN countries (Association of South East Asian Nation), China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, and United States, jointly formed the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) to facilitate businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. The interesting aspects during these phenomena, from communication viewpoint, are not only businesses and the (mis-) communications of the various participants. Prejudice and stereotyping of other cultures is already an important subject within the field of communication, and have attracted scholars to deliberate the applications of these concepts in real setting. In fact, communication scholars have already talked about applying knowledge derived from indigenous perspectives to research and practice.
We invite papers from everyone to discuss crucial concerns (and their potential solutions) in relation with beyond national cultural, identity and image, and interconnected elements from various communication perspectives that influence our ways of thinking in the context of national cultural setting.
The objectives of i-COME’16; An ICA Regional Conference, are as follows:
- To discuss current issues, concerns, and challenges related to communication and media
- To share academic experiences on communication and media in terms of practical implications
- To establish ICA as a global network of scholars and professionals in various fields of communication and media