Jakarta to Bangkok by Tuk-Tuk
Team Project Southeast Asia Oxford Joins International Rickshaw Race
1 August 2011 — Swapping gowns and old books for mosquitoes and tropical downpours, Team Project Southeast Asia will take part in the first Rickshaw Run Southeast Asia, a tuk-tuk race from Jakarta to Bangkok. The three Oxford University graduates who form the team have made the commitment as part of an effort to create a Centre for Southeast Asian studies at the University of Oxford, and will also raise funds for the Oxfordshire-based charity The Cambodia Trust.
The members of Team Project Southeast Asia Oxford are: Dr. CHAN Xin Hui (Singapore), Dr. THUM Ping Tjin (Singapore) and Tom HOOGERVORST (the Netherlands). They are core members of Project Southeast Asia, a campaign whose ultimate aim is the establishment of a Centre of Southeast Asian studies at the University of Oxford – the first for the region in one of the world’s top universities.
From 16 to 29 October 2011, 30 teams from the UK, Europe, North America and Australia will travel over land from Jakarta to Bangkok via motorised rickshaw to raise funds for charity in the inaugural Rickshaw Run Southeast Asia, an event sponsored by ASEAN to promote greater integration among ASEAN member countries. The contest is organised by The Adventurists, a UK company that supports charities through activities such as an ice race across across Siberia and a horse derby through Mongolia.
One of Project Southeast Asia’s first goals is to secure financial support for a University Lecturership in Southeast Asia History. The University of Oxford is seeking £3 million to fund this post in perpetuity.
Dr. Thum says, “Project Southeast Asia firmly believes that Southeast Asia must be studied as a whole. Similarly, the Cambodia Trust is a Southeast Asia-wide charity. Travelling overland from Jakarta to Bangkok underlines the unity of Southeast Asia and the close connections that underpin the region.”
Dr. Chan elaborates, “At nearly every stop on our adventure – and in particular in Jakarta and Bangkok – there are already Oxford academics conducting research and addressing Southeast Asian and global problems.”
During the adventure, the team will make stops at The Cambodia Trust’s Jakarta School and the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok. Other stops will be announced closer to the event on the Project Southeast Asia website at http://www.projectsoutheastasia.com.
The University of Oxford recognises the importance of Southeast Asia and the tremendous potential of Southeast Asian knowledge and expertise. It wishes to apply Southeast Asian knowledge to find solutions for the world’s problems and use global expertise to address Southeast Asian problems. This builds on Oxford’s already numerous contributions to Southeast Asia- both within and outside academia – and its unsurpassed track record of excellence in the region, particularly in the field of medicine, where it conducts world-leading research in nearly every Southeast Asian country.
The Cambodia Trust was founded by Dr. Peter Carey and others in 1989 to equip the victims of anti-personnel mines in Cambodia with artificial limbs and orthopaedic aids. It has since expanded its activities to seven Southeast Asian countries and now helps to treat all kinds of physical handicaps. It is the largest provider of international standard prosthetic & orthotic education in the world.