JCC: Malyan Communist Party
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Malayan Communist Party and HNMUN 2019! My name is Katie Sakys, and I am unequivocally excited to be your Director for the Malayan Communist Party portion of our Malayan Emergency, 1948 Joint Crisis Committee. Challenging and profoundly thought-provoking, this committee will be an intense exploration of the rise and response of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), and their allies in a changing post-World War II world. This world is one defined by an increasingly-integrated global community where solutions to ineffectual colonial leadership, boiling ethnic tensions, and a faltering economy are critical to national, regional and international policy-making in most areas of the MCP’s endeavors. The challenge of this committee is to ensure that the voices of Malaya and the MCP’s agenda are both met while also addressing the rise of the early Cold War in the region. I would be remiss if I did not mention that the Malayan Emergency is often compared to the American-Vietnamese War. While there are several similarities between the two guerilla wars, you will find that the MCP and the MNLA allow you to approach the typical MUN tale of rebellious communist versus Western imperialist from an entirely different perspective. You and your fellow delegates will be working to redefine what Southeast Asia will look like in the latter half of the 20th century while liberating the region from the tyrannical reign of Western imperialism without the heavy involvement of the United States or the Soviet Union. My co-director Julian and I are all the more excited for you to do so in the context of a Joint Crisis Committee, which has finally made its return to HNMUN! It will be the pleasure of our entire staff to ensure this committee and its unique format is full of action, excitement, and, of course, crisis. My passion for this committee stems from my time spent studying abroad in Southeast Asia, where I was enthralled by the colorful cultures and rich histories of the region. My hope is that you will find discover or enrich some similar passion while you research for and participate in this committee.
Before I get too carried away discussing what is sure to be an exciting committee, allow me to introduce myself as a human rather than simply a director. Travelling often as a child, my interest in the world was born at a young age. I was fortunate enough to grow up on the island of Oʻahu in Hawai‘i. Living at the Pacific crossroads of North America and East Asia solidified my interest in international relations, subsequently spurring a long career in speech and debate. With very little Model UN activity occurring on my rock in the middle of the ocean, it wasn’t until I arrived at Harvard that I was able to fuse my interest in global affairs and my passion for debating by joining the traveling MUN team. Since then, I have held numerous positions within Harvard’s International Relations Council and Harvard’s many Model UN programs. What can I say? I instantaneously fell in love with the mission of MUN encouraging collaboration, diplomacy, and education. In a world riddled with disagreement and conflict, MUN develops our empathy, challenges our ideas, and pushes us to cooperate in solving the world’s many problems. I look forward to seeing those same values reflected in you and your work in our committee.
My interest in our committee’s purview has been fostered through my studies at Harvard. I am a rising junior concentrating in Economics. When I originally arrived on campus, spurred by my aspirations to serve as a diplomat, I desired to pursue a minor in Government with an emphasis in International Relations and Political Economy. However, I am actively involved in Harvard’s International Relations Council, where I learn more about IR than I could ever hope to gain in a traditional classroom. Thus I decided to focus my minor on the History of Art and Architecture, a field in which I embrace my creativity and inner artist. In my spare time, I work with the Harvard College Consulting Group, brush up on my photography skills, and develop my cooking skills.
I am particularly thrilled to be directing for the second time at HNMUN after meeting and watching the outstanding delegates in my committee, the Advisors to Queen Lili‘uokalani, 1891, last year. This year, the purview of our committee’s often-forgotten tale is extremely important to me, and I could not be more eager to see these issues discussed and solved with the level of fiery passion, intense debate, and intuitive understanding that is unique to delegates attending HNMUN. I look forward to learning just as much from you as I hope you will learn from this committee. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions — first and foremost I am here as a resource for you as you prepare for and participate in this conference. It is especially important to me that both new and seasoned delegates feel welcome and enabled within the format of a joint crisis committee. I will be here to support you every step of the way, from the minute you read this and begin researching to the moments after we pass our final directive.
Selamat maju jaya and may victory be yours,
Katie K. Sakys
Director, JCC: Malayan Communist Party
Harvard National Model United Nations 2019
Crisis Director's Letter
My name is Andrew Jiang, and I am honored to welcome you to the Malayan Communist Party in the Malayan Emergency/Anti-British National Liberation War JCC at Harvard National Model United Nations 2019! I am currently a senior concentrating in Statistics and Mathematics with a secondary in Economics and am originally from New Jersey. This is my fourth year working with HNMUN and I crisis directed for Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah’s Cabinet last year. This coming year, I look forward to working with your director, Katie, to jump into this incredibly complex topic of guerrilla warfare in the beginnings of the Cold War. With our united party, we can easily fight back against the Commonwealth and their tyrannical insurgency.
There are many different nuances to this topic and I truly hope that the committee not only explores the standard guerilla warfare and weaponization, but also investigates many of the socioeconomic factors in the situation and the overall hegemony of the British commonwealth in the Southeast Asian region. As your Crisis Director, I hope to bring about innovative and engaging crises to see through the development of the MNLA and the imposing British empire. I am a huge fan of delegate-driven crisis arcs, and so I look forward to reading through and working with all your crisis arcs over the four days at conference. However, having travelled extensively on the US circuit, I am aware of the reductivism that many crisis committees fall into; with that being said: any blatantly racist or reductive crisis notes or arcs will not be tolerated in the committee. If you have any questions about this, please email me, but the general philosophy I like to follow is the same as Supreme Court Justice Stewart’s words—“I know it when I see it”. There are many sensitive issues around the guerilla war, especially in the development of modern-day Malaysia, and I want crisis to remain grounded in substance, not stereotype. Furthermore, unlike other JCCs that you might see on the circuit, our committees will strive to avoid “war games” of any sort, as these also contribute the reductivism that we see across the circuit.
I am incredibly excited to meet all of you at HNMUN 2019 and see the lively debate and creative crisis notes that you bring to conference. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact me. Welcome to Malayan Communist Party, and Kaum buruh semua negeri, bersatulah!
Crisis Director, JCC: Malayan Communist Party
Harvard National Model United Nations 2019