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The East Asia Center hosts a broad array of events covering the arts, humanities and social sciences. These events range from academic lectures by professors from the U.S. and East Asia to film festivals featuring documentary and feature films.
Monday May 20, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 6:00PM
Kane Hall 210
Unfortunate Brothers: Korea's Reunification Dilemma*
Wednesday May 22, 2013
4 - 6 p.m.
William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma UW Tacoma Campus
As our nation shifts its strategic focus toward the Asia-Pacific region, the South Puget Sound and Washington State move toward center stage in the arenas of international trade, military and security investments, and cultural exchanges. What does this mean for our future?
Join us for a conversation about our relationships with the Asia-Pacific region and how we can help foster a prosperous future throughout the Pacific Rim.
Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan Deputy Commanding General, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Daniel Malarkey, Deputy Director Washington State Department of Commerce
Michael Rawding, Founding Principal Deerhorn Advisors
Beth Rivin, M.D., M.P.H. Faculty, University of Washington School of Law, Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Vice-President of Uplift International
Moderator: Divya McMillin, Professor, University of Washington Tacoma
Free Registration and more information at www.tacoma.uw.edu/pacific
Sponsored by: PMBA Pierce Military and Business Alliance, the Tacoma News Tribune, Henry M. Jackson Foundation and Topia Technology
Friday May 24, 2013
12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Raitt Hall, Room 121
Stevan Harrell (PhD Stanford U) is professor of anthropology at the University of Washington. His primary professional interests at present lie in building collaborations between earth scientists and social scientists to understand better how people relate to their environments, and to using the knowledge from these collaborations to help local people solve local problems. Theoretically, this means a combination of ethno-ecology and resilience theory; substantively, it means looking at the historical relations between people and natural resources, particularly forests; and geographically, it happens mostly in Liangshan, China, but also in Taiwan and in Washington State.
It is well known that Malthus's main argument about checks on population growth had to do with what we would now call carrying capacity. He was particularly pessimistic about the ability of China's population to grow, given its already high numbers and density. Nevertheless, population had grown dramatically in the 150 years before Malthus wrote his Essay, and was destined to grow rapidly for another 50 years afterwards, adding up to almost a 200% increase between 1650 and 1850. Superficially, the fact of China's population explosion in the early modern period would seem to support the ideas of Ester Boserup, who saw population growth as a spur to technological change and increased labor inputs, rather than seeing the environment as an absolute brake on population. But Malthus also described the resources necessary to provision a population as "a fund; which, from the nature of all soils, instead of increasing, must be gradually diminishing." This talk tells the story of how a combination of technological innovation (new crops) and increased labor inputs allowed the population of China to grow, but at the cost of "diminishing the fund," not only by exhausting direct agricultural resources such as soil, but also by removing or weakening buffers against disaster, including ecological, institutional, infrastructural, and cultural factors.
Thursday May 30, 2013
Thomson Hall 317
The research reveals the intricate connection between the party-state, hukou, sense of place, identity, generation and housing choice among Shanghai and Beijing middle-class young professionals. These factors are examined to understand the process of housing choice of the young professional middle class. Moreover, the concept of ‘social justice’ is introduced to critique the current discourse, which has tended to homogenize the middle class and stigmatize it inappropriately. 52 indepth interviews were carried out in the two cities in 2009-2011. The result shows that the middle class in Beijing and Shanghai can be grouped into five different types: “the moderate investment” “flexible investment”, “sectionalism distinction”, “pursuing dwelling” , and “adaptive”. Young professional middle class accumulates wealth in different ways although they are generally considered as the same social class. There is inequality within the middle class, however they are given the same social responsibility and bear the same stigma, particularly under the ‘social justice’ principle. The political correctness of moral criticism such as ‘hating corruption, but not hating rich’ (chou fuˇ bu chou fuˋ) also makes them uneasy even though they have professional jobs and make relatively high salary.
Yu-Ling Song is an Associate Professor of Geography at National Chang-hua University in Taiwan, as well as a visiting scholar in the Geography Department, University of Washington, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Her research interests are in housing and migrants in urban China. In recent years she has studied the displaced residents in Shanghai through the perspective of place attachment. She has also extended her research to the housing choice of the middle class in Beijing and Shanghai to explore the diversity and complexity of the process as Chinese middle class pursues wealth accumulation through housing.
Tuesday June 4, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Thomson Hall 317, Seattle Campus
The March 11, 2011 disaster at the Tokyo Electric Company’s Nuclear power plant was more a “human disaster” rather than one caused soley by the earthquake and the tsunami. As we learn more about this accident, one from which Japan shall never recover, we are able to clarify much about the nature of nuclear energy. The occurrence of nuclear power accidents is inevitable. Rather than from mechanical problems, their occurrence is a consequence of political deception. In this discussion I aim to reconstruct the fragmented facts presented in the media to explain the political structure of the nuclear power industry.
Akio Igarashi is a political scientist and professor emeritus of law and politics at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan. His research has focused on modern Japanese political thought and contemporary politics. More recently his interests have included local political issues, such as the analysis of referendums on nuclear power issues. He is the author of numerous books, including Nihon Seiji Ron (Japanese Politics) and one co-authored with Miranda Schreurs titled Josei ga seiji wo kaeru toki (When Women Alter Politics).
Thursday June 6, 2013
Thomson Hall 317
|East Asia Center|
|University of Washington|
|301 Thomson Hall|
|Seattle, WA 98195|
|(206) 543-6938 phone|
|(206) 685-0668 fax|
|William Lavely, Director (On Leave 2012-2013)|
|David Bachman, Acting Director 2012-2013|
|Mary Bernson, Director of Outreach|
|Kristi Roundtree, Associate Director|
|Cassandra Lee, Technology Assistant|
|Josiah Byers, Program Assistant|