Disaster preparedness and resilience among Auckland's Southeast Asian communities Event as iCalendar

(Development Studies, School of Social Sciences)

29 March 2019

12 - 1pm

Location: Room 301, Te Puna Mārama / Social Sciences Building (201E-301)

Dr Chanrith Ngin, Nichapat Sanunsilp and Dr Jesse Hession Grayman | University of Auckland

Auckland experiences varied risks and hazards, with a range of potential severity and likelihood of occurrence. Members of Southeast Asian communities in Auckland have various experiences and cultural knowledge to help them cope with disaster. Taken as a whole, the population of Southeast Asians in Auckland is comparable to large minority groups such as the Indian population. This study focuses on the qualities and characteristics of social resilience among Southeast Asian communities and how they are able to cope with disaster in Auckland.

We present the findings using a social capital lens, examining capabilities and vulnerabilities, understandings and attitudes toward disaster risk and preparedness, and the use of communication technologies and social media. Potential strengths in disaster preparedness and resilience include high but variable levels of trust in government institutions, and the important role of religious centres. Potential challenges to outreach include language barriers, an abundance of cultural and socioeconomic diversity, and generational divides. 

Chanrith Ngin is a senior research fellow in Development Studies at the University of Auckland.
Nichapat Sanunsilp completed a Master of Disaster Management (MDisMgt) in 2017 at the University of Auckland.
Jesse Hession Grayman is a senior lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Auckland.