Asia Social Issues <p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt; background: white;"><strong><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; color: #333333;">About the journal </span></strong></p> <p>Asia Social Issues offers a publication opportunity to academic articles, research article and review article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">(ASI Template 2022)</a>. Manuscripts should be written in English and be submitted either online at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a> (<strong>Begin at January 2020 <img src="" alt="newdata12.gif" /></strong>). The journal provides an intellectual platform for work in the fields of interdisciplinary Social Science and Humanities, that publishes 6 issues annually since 2021;<br /> - Issue 1 (January - February)<br /> - Issue 2 (March - April)<br /> - Issue 3 (May - June)<br /> - Issue 4 (July - August)<br /> - Issue 5 (September - October)<br /> - Issue 6 (November - December)</p> <p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-cluster; background: white;"><strong><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; color: #333333;">Scopes</span></strong></p> <p>Asia Social Issues seeks articles addressing issues in the following areas:<strong><br /></strong> - Sociology<br /> - Anthropology<br /> - Area Studies<br /> - Business &amp; Economics<br /> - Political Sciences<br /> - Cultural Studies<br /> - Communication Studies<br /> - Arts, Language &amp; Literature<br /> - Education<br /> - Other Related Fields. </p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; color: #333333;">Reference Style and Format</span></strong></p> <p>References should follow the standards summarized in the APA 6th edition<br />See Examples of Reference Style "<span id="s-lg-guide-description"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A guide to using the APA 6th referencing style</a>".</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; color: #333333;">Editor in Chief</span></span></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Asst. Prof. Dr. SIRIPORN SOMBOONBOORANA</a>, <br />School of Liberal Arts, Walailak University, <br />Thasala, Nakhon Si Thammarat 80161, Thailand</p> <h2><strong><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; color: #333333;">Indexed in<br /></span></span> <img src="" /> </strong><img style="font-size: 14px;" src="" /> <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></h2> en-US <p>Copyright: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0</p> (Asst. Prof. Dr. Siriporn Somboonboorana) (Opor Ninlaart) Tue, 01 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0700 OJS 60 On Panchayat: A Study of Decentralization in India and Policy Recommendation <p>This paper aims to study India’s decentralization process, which focuses on the Panchayat or the village government as a demonstration of success in India’s decentralization. &nbsp;This paper employs documentary research with a systemic review of relevant literature, articles, and documents on India's decentralization policy after independence up to the present (during 1947-2020). This paper found that India emphasizes people participation and decentralization, primarily through the Panchayat, which the constitution has authorized. The Indian government also established the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to facilitate the process of decentralization. The key success of India’s decentralization is related to its financial decentralization that allows the local government to collect tax and financial supports. This research also suggests five recommendations to increase the level of decentralization. First, decentralization must be written in a country’s constitution. Second, decentralization could effectively work with a unitary state with a federal feature. Third, the village is the foundation of decentralization. Fourth, the state should establish or form a ministry or another form of a government body to implement a policy of decentralization. Finally, decentralization must be political, administrative, and financial.</p> Piyanat Soikham Copyright (c) 2021 Asia Social Issues Sun, 14 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0700 The Development of a Self-leadership Model for Students’ Creativity at Universities in Yunnan Province, China <p>In a knowledge-based economy, creativity is important for maintaining a country’s competitiveness. As the main educational institution that provides fresh blood to the nation’s talent pool, universities need to find appropriate ways to nurture creative minds to enhance the nation’s competitiveness. The purpose of this study was to develop a self-leadership model to increase students’ creativity at universities in Yunnan Province, China. The research methodologies used in this study were literature synthesis, descriptive statistics, regression analysis, focus group discussion, and paired-samples <em>t</em> test. Through such a combination of qualitative and quantitative research, this model was developed with students’ self-leadership skills as the key, with activities for creativity, supervisor leadership and organizational structure as supporting factors for creativity development. After a four-week intervention, the model was proven to be effective in enhancing students’ creativity. The researcher recommends that university administrators in Yunnan Province, China, consider using this model as a means of increasing students’ creativity.</p> Yi Dan, Nathara Mhunpiew Copyright (c) 2021 Asia Social Issues Thu, 18 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0700 The Approach of Upgrading Sustainability Competencies in the Market for One Tambon One Product Entrepreneurs in Praiwan Subdistrict, Tak Bai District, Narathiwat Province, Thailand <p>The objectives of this study were to (1) study OTOP (One Tambon One Product) entrepreneurs’ competencies in Praiwan Subdistrict, Tak Bai District, Narathiwat Province, and (2) upgrade sustainability OTOP entrepreneurs’ competencies in Praiwan Subdistrict, Tak Bai District, Narathiwat Province. The mixed-method research technique was used in this study; the sample was 286 OTOP entrepreneurs in Praiwan Subdistrict, Tak Bai District, Narathiwat Province; and the interviewees were seven groups of OTOP (One Tambon One Product) entrepreneurs in Praiwan Subdistrict, Tak Bai District, Narathiwat Province. Questionnaires and interview forms were used to gather data, then analyzed using percentage, mean, and standard deviation statistics. The research results can be summarized as follows: 1) In Praiwan Subdistrict, Tak Bai District, Narathiwat Province, Overall, OTOP (One Tambon One Product), entrepreneurs’ competencies, are at a high level. The character feature was the most important, followed by the knowledge feature, and the skill feature was the least important; and 2) upgrading sustainability OTOP (One Tambon One Product) entrepreneurs’ competencies in Praiwan Subdistrict, Tak Bai District, Narathiwat Province by arranging course training workshops including product photography workshop, online marketing, Facebook page, live broadcasting, group storytelling, packaging, and branding.</p> Sumalee Grodgangunt, Katekeaw Pradit, Bongkoch Kamolprem Copyright (c) 2021 Asia Social Issues Tue, 14 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0700 Team Members’ Perspectives on Factors Affecting Virtual Team Working in Information Technology Consulting Firms <p>This study aims to explore team members’ perspectives on factors affecting virtual team working in information technology consulting firms. Using semi-structured interviews with 25 research participants, this research adopted 2 virtual teams in different contexts. One that had no face-to-face interaction whereas and the other one had the initial face-to-face meeting. The results showed that communication, trust, socialization, cultural diversity and leadership were factors affecting virtual team working for both teams. Communication was the main challenge due to different time zones but both teams overcame by organizing overlapping hours to have online synchronous meetings. The initial face-to-face meeting and open lines of communication developed affect-based trust among team members whereas cognition-based trust based on consistent work performance existed in virtual teams that lacked physical interaction. Conducting virtual bonding exercises occasionally is necessary for virtual team members in order to renew interpersonal ties among team members. In terms of culture diversity, team members from individualistic cultures favored direct communication whereas team members from collectivistic cultures soured out group-based information before reaching unanimous decisions. In terms of leadership, managers of both virtual teams ensured that work progress was on schedule and maintaining positive leadership attitudes is the key to lead virtual teams.</p> Khemmanit Wattanatinnachot Copyright (c) 2021 Asia Social Issues Thu, 16 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0700 An Appraisal of Husband’s Support for Contraceptive Use in Low Resource Setting of Chattogram City, Bangladesh <p>This study aimed to explore the current status concerning the roles of husbands in family planning and to identify the associated factors in the slum areas of Chattogram city in Bangladesh. A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted among the women living in different slums (N = 400) of Chattogram city. Data were collected using a structured and facilitator-administered questionnaire. Cross tabulation with chi-square tests and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed using IBM SPSS version 24.0. This study revealed that 70.5% of the husbands supported wives’ contraceptive use. This study explored that husbands’ having education (OR = 2.45, 95% CI: 1.42-4.22), having two children (OR = 0.37, 95% CI: 0.18-0.76) and more than two children (OR = 0.21, 95% CI: 0.09-0.50), more utility facility in the slum areas (OR = 2.32, 95% CI: 1.15-4.68), a good relationship between husband and wife (OR = 1.97, 95% CI: 1.13-3.44), commencing reproductive health communication after the birth of the second child (OR = 0.43, 95% CI: 0.19-0.99), respondents’ having moderate knowledge on RH (OR =4.46, 95% CI: 2.10-9.46) and husbands’ visiting any health center to take wives’ reproductive health care (OR = 2.08, 95% CI: 1.06-4.09) were the predictors for supporting their wives in terms of contraceptive use.</p> A. K. M. Ziaur Rahman Khan, Muhammad Zakaria Copyright (c) 2021 Asia Social Issues Fri, 17 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0700 Gender and Location as Factors Determinants of Secondary School Students Civic Engagement in Oyo State, Nigeria <p style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">The research adopted a descriptive research design of the survey type. The population consisted of 411,912 public secondary school students in Oyo State, Nigeria’s urban and rural areas. The study sample consisted of 600 public secondary school students’ selected using multistage sampling procedures, including simple random sampling techniques and stratified random sampling techniques. The instrument used to collect data was a questionnaire titled ‘Students’ Civic Engagement Questionnaire’ (SCEQ). The instrument’s validity was established through the face and content validity while the instrument’s reliability was determined using the Cronbach alpha method and a reliability coefficient of 0.72 was obtained. The data collected were analyzed using inferential statistics of the t-test to test the hypotheses formulated. All hypotheses were tested at a 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed no significant difference between male and female students’ attitudes towards civic engagement, but there is a significant difference between the civic engagement of secondary school students living in rural and urban areas. It was recommended that students be enlightened and encouraged to participate in civic obligations especially in urban areas such as community service to develop positive attitudes towards civic engagement.</p> Sola Elijah Olorunda Copyright (c) 2021 Asia Social Issues Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0700