Mekong Cultural Hub

October 20th – 29th, 2022

The theme for the 2022 Meeting Point was “From Connection to Collaboration”. Through a series of online and in-person programs taking place over ten days, 85+ art and culture practitioners and 29 organisations and collectives from 15 countries came together and discussed the following questions: As the community of socially-engaged arts practitioners around Asia is growing, why does it matter that we  connect? Are we equipped to connect and to collaborate effectively? If we want to work collaboratively, what are the foundations that need to be put in place and what kinds of attitudes do we need to nurture, what kind of structures do we need to unlearn? What are the forces driving us to collaborate?

Please scroll down this page to learn more about the program.



Co-hosted by MCH and TAEF (Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation)


13:00: Welcome remarks (30 mins)
13:30: Echoes from the Stars (45 mins)
14:30: Lost in Translation: Part 1, Roundtable (90 mins)
16:10: Lost in Translation: Part 2, Open discussion (50 mins)
17:00: Close


We are all familiar with the challenges of language in cross-cultural cooperation and collaboration. But is language the only obstacle getting in our way of understanding each other? As we start to reconnect with people after the constraints of the COVID pandemic, is there a chance to re-construct ways of collaborating? How might communication transform spaces for collaboration to be more inclusive, dynamic and mutually beneficial? 

We kick off the 2022 Meeting Point program with a screening of My Mother’s Tongue, a film by Jean-Baptiste Phou (JB), which tells the story of a mother and son who don’t speak the same language, until something unlocks when she suddenly falls very ill. After the screening, Jean-Baptiste will introduce us to his new participatory installation, Echoes from the Stars, which has been created in response to audience reactions to his film. Echoes from the Stars will be open for Meeting Point audiences to take part in throughout the rest of the program, with a special event on 28th October where audiences can join the creators of the artwork Jean-Baptiste (JB) and Theerawat (Meng) to explore the installation.

Following a short break, we return for lively panel discussion on the topic on “Lost in Translation? Intercultural Communication in Asia”. Our conversation will be inspired by four panellists sharing experiences and critical reflections on collaboration from their perspectives as researchers, film makers, producers and artists from Indonesia, Laos and Taiwan respectively.  The discussion will tackle the complexity of translation, interpretation and understanding in different facets of connecting and collaborating at the intersection of arts and society

In part two, the floor will open to encourage questions, insights and critique from the audience, in conversation with each other and with the panellists.

This event is co-hosted by Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) in collaboration with MCH. While working in different ways and with different focuses on Southeast Asia, both MCH and TAEF share an aim to explore and expand the diversifying relationships and cultural exchange between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.  


The welcome remarks, panel and Q&A will be mainly in English, with simultaneous interpretation available in Mandarin and English.

My Mother’s Tongue is in French with Khmer and English subtitles. Transcripts will also be available in Burmese, Laos, Thai, Vietnamese and Mandarin.  The film will be available for Meeting Point audiences to view on demand from October 20th-29th.

Thank you to the MCH Fellows and team members who worked on the translation: Nwet Kaykhine (Burmese), Chanmaly Panyaphone (Laos), Narumol Thammapruksa (Thai), Pham Ut Quyen (Vietnamese), Jennifer Lee (Mandarin).

Meeting Point 2022 開幕活動 現場參與

Meeting Point 2022之開幕活動,由臺灣亞洲交流基金會與湄公河文化中心共同主辦;開幕活動採取「現場參與」和「線上參與」兩種方式,同步進行。


*若是您想以線上(ZOOM)的方式參與開幕活動,請在此活動網頁點選「SIGN UP」完成報名。

現場參與之活動地點:台灣當代文化實驗場 共享吧(地址:台北市建國南路一段177號)


Echoes from the Stars

Echoes from the Stars





Culture and art can offer us space to communicate beyond language and to experience connection in different ways. Please explore the two participatory art projects below. MCH commissioned these projects for Meeting Point because we believe the act of contributing our creative energies into a shared effort will help us to know each other better and build solidarity across our community.


The virtual program is a diverse mix of sharing, training and discussion sessions; some prepared by artists and practitioners in MCH’s network, and others presented by organisations connected to art and social action in Asia. Please check out the events below!

Please note: Registration is required for each event.


Interpreting our theme of ‘From Connection to Collaboration’ in ways relevant to their local context, a network of MCH Fellows are curating and delivering live programs as part of this meeting point. From October 20th – 29th, 14 organising teams from 15+ cities, are gathering people to discuss topics as diverse as the environmental crisis in the Mekong Delta, solidarity for SEA diaspora artists, connecting generations through literature and drinking Ice Tea.

The event hosts were selected through an open call and each has received a small grant from MCH to enable their event coordination. The hosts have been connecting monthly online to connect their networks and exchange perspectives.

Several events are available to join online. Please use the dropdown boxes below to filter events by date, country or online access.


(UTC+7 Time Zone)

13:30Echoes from the Stars
45 mins
14:30Lost in Translation – Intercultural Communication in Asia: Part 1, Roundtable
90 mins
10 mins
16:10Lost in Translation – Intercultural Communication in Asia: Part 2, Open discussion
50 mins
TIME Room 1Room 2
14:00pmImmersive Nongkrong x Dapur Communion/ReunionEvaluating Socially Engaged Art Practice in South Asia
Khoj International Artists’ Association
16:00pmCreative Approaches to Engage Community
TIME Room 1Room 2Local Gatherings
14.00pmImmersive Nongkrong x Dapur Communion/ReunionCOVID Time Capsule
Literature Festival – connecting different generations
16.00pmGEDUP! In Art We Trust! Art intervention in the community
TASA(simultaneous interpretation)
The ti(d)e of alluvium/ Kết dòng phù sa
Local Gatherings
Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: A Story of Migrant Workers Pursuing Dreams

PURWARUPA: Navigate Your Art Collaboration
The ti(d)e of alluvium/ Kết dòng phù sa
Local Gatherings
PURWARUPA: Navigate Your Art Collaboration
TIME Room 1Room 2Local Gatherings
12:00The Pluralism Toolbox
TIMEROOM 1Local Gatherings
14:00You Are Not Alone – General Safety Training for Artists in Asia
PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection Program (ARC)
Now What?

PURWARUPA: Navigate Your Art Collaboration

Setting the scene: Contextualising Southeast Asian art community
TIME Room 1Room 2Local Gatherings
14.00pmGEDUP!Echoes from the Stars
Decorating Clay Collaboration

Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (AOP)
16.00pmOh, When Did I Take This Photo? PURWARUPA: Navigate Your Art Collaboration

Setting the scene: Contextualising Southeast Asian art community

The ti(d)e of alluvium/ Kết dòng phù sa

Congyang Connex

Trà đá party: “Dạo nghe” (Sound walk)
TIME Room 1Room 2Local Gatherings
14.00pmCreative Approaches to Engage Community From Connection to Collaboration: How fair can it be? The Nomadic Collective – Meeting in a New Time and Space
16.00pmLessons on community arts in Asia COVID Time Capsule Collaboration: Fair-Unfair

Setting the scene: Contextualising Southeast Asian art community

The ti(d)e of alluvium/ Kết dòng phù sa

Congyang Connex

Trà đá party: “Dạo nghe” (Sound walk)