Pocheon-si, Korea 2011 – APSDA Meeting (Day 0, Wednesday, 23 November 2011)   Leave a comment


Geri and I arrived back in Manila on Wednesday evening.  We flew to Seoul on Thursday afternoon.  We have been invited by ASTA (Asia Sign Language Translation Association) to be observers at their official formation meeting.  They have been functioning informally for more than a year under temporary leadership.  At the meeting on Thursday and Friday they will establish their bylaws and elect leaders.

There are supposed to be Deaf from a number of countries in Asia including India, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia and South Korea.  I heard by email that two of the people have had trouble getting visas.  I will get more information tomorrow.  As in the first sign language meeting we helped organise in November 2007, two nations from the Pacific are also represented – Australia and New Zealand.

Next week will begin a Deaf Translation Consultant Development Workshop for Deaf consultants in Training from eastern Asia.  They make up a sub-family of signed languages and wanted to hold a separate TCDW.  This is the second part.  The first part was held in February.  I will try to post a picture tomorrow.

Everybody got their visas in time.  One just got her visa yesterday at 5:30 pm and then took an overnight plane.  One person decided not to come.  One person arrived a day late because of heavy snow. Here is a picture of the nice banner prepared for us by the Koreans.

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