Asia Social Issues 2023-10-11T00:00:00+07:00 Siriporn Somboonboorana Open Journal Systems <p><strong><a href="">ISSN: 2774-0315 (Online)</a><br /> Asia Social Issues (ASI)</strong> serves as a scholarly platform committed to multidisciplinary social science research. ASI, designed as an overreaching framework, gathers together scholars from many disciplines who share a common dedication to examining and evaluating the current discourse surrounding social concerns in Asia. The journal provides essential resources and concepts to advance these fields, making them more inclusive and helpful tools for social and cultural studies across Asia.<br /> Periodically published on a bimonthly basis, ASI provides researchers with a distinctive opportunity to disseminate their work without the financial burden of submission fees or Article Processing Charges (APC). The journal's double-blind review procedure assures a thorough and fair evaluation process. Manuscripts written in English can be submitted online at <a href=""></a>, commencing January 2020. ASI has published six issues annually on a consistent basis since 2021, thereby contributing to the scholarly discourse on social issues in Asia.</p> <p><strong>Aims and Scope:<br /></strong> Asia Social Issues offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary venue for sharing research findings on social issues in Asia. Its objective is to promote a deeper understanding of various social challenges and transformations by welcoming contributions from the following disciplines: sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, education, environmental studies, public health, and cultural studies.</p> <p><strong>Areas Covered:</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>Economic Development and Inequality</strong><strong>: </strong>Analyses of economic growth patterns, income distribution, poverty, and social mobility within Asian contexts.</li> <li><strong>Urbanization and Rural Development</strong><strong>: </strong>Studies on the impact of rapid urbanization, rural-urban migration, sustainable city planning, and rural revitalization efforts.</li> <li><strong>Environmental Challenges</strong><strong>: </strong>Research on environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, natural resource management, and the social dimensions of environmental policies.</li> <li><strong>Governance and Political Change</strong><strong>: </strong>Examination of governance models, political reform processes, civil society engagement, human rights issues, and the role of international organizations in promoting social justice.</li> <li><strong>Cultural Transformations</strong><strong>: </strong>Insights into changing cultural norms, traditions, identity politics, media and technology’s role in societal change, and intercultural interactions within Asia and beyond.</li> <li><strong>Public Health and Social Welfare</strong><strong>: </strong>Studies on healthcare systems, public health initiatives, demographic changes, aging populations, and social safety nets.</li> <li><strong>Education and Human Capital Development</strong><strong>: </strong>An Analysis of Educational Reforms, Vocational Training, Skill Development, and Their Implications for Social and Economic Mobility.</li> <li><strong>Gender and Social Inclusion</strong><strong>: </strong>Research on gender roles, LGBTQ+ rights, ethnic minorities, and the integration of marginalized communities into broader societal frameworks.</li> </ol> <p>Asia Social Issues aims to promote academic discussion and collaboration among scholars, policymakers, and practitioners. We welcome original research articles and review articles that enhance the comprehension of the intricate socioeconomic concerns in Asia. The journal aspires to contribute to the development of more effective, inclusive, and sustainable policies and practices that meet the region's particular problems and possibilities.<br /><br /><strong>Publication Fee:</strong><br />There is No Fee or Charge in any stage of publication process.<span style="font-size: 0.875rem;"><br /><br /></span><strong>Publisher:</strong><br />College of Graduate Studies, Walailak University, Thailand.<br /><br /><strong>Editor in Chief:</strong><br /><a href="">SIRIPORN SOMBOONBOORANA</a><br />School of Political Science and Public Administration,<br />Walailak University, Nakhon Si Thammarat 80160, Thailand<br /><br /><strong>Indexed in</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-cluster; background: white;"><strong> <img src="" /> </strong><img style="font-size: 14px;" src="" width="251" height="42" /> <a style="font-size: 14px;" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="" width="164" height="27" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="" width="105" height="30" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="" width="74" height="45" /></a></p> Evaluating English Proficiency Requirement for logistics core competency: CEFR framework for entry-level logisticians in Thailand’s EEC context 2023-03-13T16:06:38+07:00 Oranicha Buthphorm <p>English is the most commonly spoken language for international communication across all industries, whereas logistics is one of the key differentiators in corporate strategy. Producing logistics graduates who go above and beyond the requirements of their chosen sector is one of the universities’ main objectives. The study’s objectives were to investigate the English proficiency problem and the English proficiency requirements for logistics core competencies (LCC) in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The quantitative research approach was selected, and a survey questionnaire was used based on four English skills, whereas the transportation, distribution, and logistics competency model, the association for operations management model, and the business logistics management framework were used as the basis for the survey, which is designed to collect the requirements of practitioners on the required skills for entry-level logisticians. 179 respondents from various EEC industry sectors responded. The results of the mean scores indicate that the primary issue is a deficiency in listening skills. Participants’ average English proficiency for logistics was B2, with 24 skill elements. The highest needs for C1 were in logistics rules and regulations and critical and analytical thinking. The results of this study can contribute significantly to logistics curriculum designers’ ability to supplement the traditional course with a crucial LCC. Future research is needed to clarify further the challenges and obstacles of developing the logistics English language skills of Thai logistics students towards CEFR B2 and C1.</p> 2023-08-16T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Asia Social Issues Site Location of the Monument in Modern Guangzhou: A Perspective on Collective Memory 2023-05-16T15:10:08+07:00 Guoxing Chen Vanvipha Suneta <p>In recent years, more and more scholars have begun to pay attention to the memory content of monuments/memorials or explore collective and cultural memory through monuments/memorials. However, these studies mainly focus on the history and memory of urban public areas or monuments. The objectives of this research were to analyze the distribution characteristics of the site location of the monument in modern Guangzhou and then interpret the collective memory content of the Chinese-style monument site. The whole research is based on constructivist methodology and qualitative phenomenological research strategy, and the final research results can provide a more in-depth discussion on the memory research of monuments. The research procedures consisted of on-site observation, map and literature research data collection, the coding and classification of monument cases and sites, and the comparative analysis of visual data. Finally, the site selection characteristics of the monument in modern Guangzhou are summarized, and its collective memory content is deduced. The research results show that: (1) Chinese traditional culture emphasizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, which profoundly affects people’s collective memory and the site selection of the monument in modern Guangzhou. (2) The mausoleum park-style memorial site is a sublime Chinese-style commemorative place, its eternal symbolic meaning and characteristics conducive to tourists’ visits are its success factors. (3) The selection of monument sites in Chinese-style mausoleum parks is a practical choice in line with the characteristics of Chinese culture, which reflects the collective memory of Chinese people who pursue lofty and eternal meanings.</p> 2023-10-11T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Asia Social Issues The Correlation between Hostel Brand Equity Dimensions in Thailand 2022-07-12T09:15:51+07:00 Chatchai Pitsaphol <p>This empirical study aimed to examine the relationship between dimensions of customer-based hostel brand equity based on Aaker’s (1991) conceptual framework in the context of Thailand’s economy hostels owned by locals. A sample of 400 Thai tourists who have experienced staying at hostels was chosen to test the hypothesis using the purposive sampling method. The results showed that brand association had the positive effect on other proprietary asset, whereas brand awareness had the least effect on perceived quality. The key findings were significant as they contradict the literature for large-sized or chained hotels. The research implications also highlighted the need for hostel managers to perform marketing activities to strengthen the brand association and proprietary brand assets to gain competitive advantage, particularly for budget travelers that have become increasingly information-savvy, knowledgeable in brand choices, and demanding in using social media to review traveling experience.</p> 2023-08-25T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Asia Social Issues Research Status and Trends in Retirement Communities: A bibliometric Analysis 2023-06-30T11:56:56+07:00 Bing Huang Vanvipha Suneta <p>In the context of global aging, the study of retirement communities has attracted the attention of scholars. However, there needs to be more systematic bibliometric studies. This study aims to sort out the current research status of the retirement community and explore research trends. This study adopts a bibliometric approach, using the Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC) as a database, VOSviewer to analyze research collaboration networks, and CiteSpace to analyze keyword co-occurrences. The study’s conclusion showed that the significant scholars are Ayalon, Resnick, Bennett, Royall, Courtin, and Knapp. The major journals are the <em>Journal of the American Geriatrics Society</em><em>, </em><em>Gerontologist</em><em>, </em>and <em>Journal of Applied Gerontology</em>.The main research areas are Geriatrics Gerontology, Public Environmental Occupational Health, and Nursing. The primary research countries are the United States, Canada, and China, with the United States leading the way. The study found that the author’s research collaboration network was more active, with Bolling as the bridge author. Institutional collaboration networks were also active, with the University of Washington’s research collaboration network being the most prominent. The research collaboration networks between countries (regions) needed to be more expensive. There are three possible research trends in retirement community research: (1). naturally occurring retirement community (NORC); (2). aging in place; (3). continuing care retirement community (CCRC); (4). physical activity.</p> 2023-10-16T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Asia Social Issues Integrating Teacher-Centred and Student-Centred Approaches for Effective Online Teaching 2022-05-10T09:57:06+07:00 Natcha Eksangkul Zheng Li Nianci Liu <p>Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, online teaching and learning has replaced traditional face-to-face instruction and will inevitably disrupt the educational demand. Both students and teachers face the challenges that come with the sudden transition, especially in the issue of teaching approaches. Teachers employ both teacher-centred and student-centred approaches in online processes, and both approaches present advantages and disadvantages when applied to online settings. However, the two approaches must be redefined according to a change of context. The transformation and comparisons of the pros and cons of the two approaches will enable teachers to design and organize more effective online teaching. Therefore, this paper provides a new approach, namely the integrated-centred approach (ICA), which teachers of online classrooms can adopt to achieve effective online instruction, along with practical guidelines for teachers to apply this approach and the significance for further research of online teaching pedagogy.</p> 2023-02-07T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Asia Social Issues The Application of Place-Based Education in Social Studies of Grade 5 Bhutanese Students 2022-11-25T10:36:16+07:00 Leki Dorji D Nipaporn Sakulwongs <p>This quasi-experimental study investigated the improvement of students’ learning achievement and learning satisfaction using Place-Based Education (PBE) in teaching and learning Social Studies of grade 5 Bhutanese students. A mixed method was used with a total of 31 students selected through a purposive sampling from one of the semi-urban schools in western Bhutan. The quantitative data collected through the pretest and posttest were analysed and interpreted using an inferential statistics t-test with p ≤ 0.05 level of significance, mean, and standard deviation. Similarly, qualitative data was collected through the semi-structured interview and the data were analysed using thematic analysis. The result of the pretest and the posttest score analysis showed a significant difference between the posttest mean (14.45) and the pretest mean (8.37) with a mean difference of 6.08. The significant (p) value was .01, indicating a significant increase in the posttest scores as compared to the pretest. Subsequently, the data analysed from the interview confirmed that students derived positive learning satisfaction. Thus, the Place-Based Education approach enhances learning in Social Studies and this study recommends that teachers may also try teaching other subjects using the PBE approach to make their lessons engaging and exciting for the learners.</p> 2023-09-07T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Asia Social Issues Meaning Representations of “Trans,” “Transgender,” “Transsexual” and “Tranny”: A Corpus-Based Analysis in Digital News and Magazines 2023-02-28T09:48:23+07:00 Thayakorn Klomkaew Monthon Knoakpermpoon <p>This present study aims to examine the English references in digital media that are commonly used to refer to the group of non-binary people and to explore the aspects of references used to portray their meanings towards LGBT people. The first-100 concordance lines of NOW Corpus were used as a primary data source. In order to analyze the data, two groups of the nodes: favorable terms (<em>transgender and trans</em>) and unfavorable terms (<em>transsexual and tranny</em>), were searched and analyzed using descriptive percentage, thematic content analysis, and corpus-driven discourse analysis. The findings revealed that the highest frequencies of references commonly used in digital news and magazines to refer to LGBT individuals are transgender and trans, respectively. Besides, two sub-themes were found in the concordance lines in terms of positive meanings: <em>raising equality, showing advocacy and performance, and politics, and policy </em>and sarcastic or negative meanings: <em>showing bias or discrimination, subgroup, abandonment and insecurity, difficulties and oppressions, and derogatory and sexual desire</em>. Some unfavorable terms are still underused in media, but they could reveal some positive meanings in terms of politics and policy. The implementations of the study are that the meanings of some LGBT terms are dynamic and that when used in media, content writers need to be aware of different meanings and contexts of the words.</p> 2023-08-10T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Asia Social Issues Corruption and Economic Growth: An Empirical Study in 12 Countries 2023-02-27T16:10:00+07:00 Sorfina Densumite <p>The impact of corruption on economic growth receives excellent attention in empirical studies. Understanding the relationships between corruption concerning the economy is essential to ensure stable economic development. This research article aims to investigate the relationship between corruption and economic growth in 12 countries over 26 years from 1995 to 2020. This research article examines this relationship in the context of the panel data framework. Panel unit root, panel cointegration tests, panel Dynamic Ordinary Least Squares (DOLS) estimation, and panel Vector Error Correction Model (VECM) methodology associated with the Wald test is applied, respectively. The results show that corruption generates a negative effect on economic growth. In other words, a 1 percent rise in the transparency level (low corruption) will enhance the real GDP growth by 0.20 percent in the long run. Short-run and long-run causality runs from corruption to GDP and both variables are cointegrated. The results conclude that lowering the corruption rate is the precondition for continued growth.</p> 2023-08-10T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Asia Social Issues