Mapping Asia, an exhibition of selected maps from the Harvard University collections, is on view now through Friday, April 14 in the Asian Centers' Lounge on the first floor of the CGIS South building. For those not able to view the exhibit in person, the maps and accompanying descriptions are now available online. View exhibit.
Compared with a 12 percent increase in average life expectancy during the 19th century, the doubling of average life expectancy during the 20th century is remarkable as a result of better nutrition and healthcare. Accompanied with this much longer life expectancy is the global challenge of aging, in which the ratio of the number of working population to the number of retirees is rapidly shrinking. By 2050, there will be more people 65 years or older than people younger than 15. People above 85 years old represent the fastest growing group in worldwide demographics. Read more about Event Recap – Caring for the Elderly in China: The Building of a Services Society
When Harvard Asia Center Acting Director Andrew Gordon proposed an exhibit on maps of Asia in the Asian Centers' Lounge in CGIS South, he knew it might stir up some healthy debate. He also knew it would showcase different perspectives of Asia throughout history and through various designs using maps as the common medium. Read more about 'Mapping Asia' Invites Different Viewpoints of Asia
The mission of the Harvard Asia Center is to study Asia past and present, across disciplines and schools at Harvard, and across borders and cultures in Asia. The free exchange of ideas and the free movement of people is fundamental to pursue this mission, as it is to pursue the mission of Harvard University. Such freedoms are indeed the bedrock of American higher education generally. The Trump Administration’s Executive Order of January 27 restricting travel to the United States is a threat not just to those seeking to enter the United States from the seven countries it names. Read more about Asia Center Response to Executive Order