The Asia Center welcomed two new staff members over the winter break. Lani O'Donnell joins as the Assistant to the Faculty Director, and Maryam Mirza Alivandi joins as a Financial Associate. Read more about New Asia Center Staff Members
A first major loan exhibition of Indian art in Beijing, China was held in the majestic Meridian gate tower of the Palace Museum of the Forbidden City, and it addressed the commonality of Buddhism in the two regions. Harvard's Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, described the exhibition, “Across the Silk Road: Gupta Sculptures and their Chinese Counterparts during 400 to 700CE.”
The fastest growing urban population isn’t in China or India but in the island nation of Indonesia. This rapid urbanization has resulted in higher incomes, better education, and overall improved standards of living, but at the expense of more traffic, pollution, infrastructure problems, and disaster risk. This juxtaposition makes for a fascinating study in urbanization, which was recently chronicled in “Indonesia’s Urban Story,” a traveling exhibit developed by the City Form Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Department of Urban Planning and Design and the World Bank. Read more about Revisiting "Indonesia's Urban Story"
From the end of World War II in 1945 to 1979, Asia was embroiled in one military conflict or another, from civil wars in China and much of Southeast Asia in the late 1940s, to the Korean War in the early 1950s, to the Vietnam War from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s. About 80 percent of global battle deaths during this period were in East Asia. But since 1979, there has been a remarkable period of peace and stability in Asia, and this percentage has fallen from six percent in the 1980s to less than two percent during the period 1990-2015. Read more about Critical Issues Confronting China Summary–The East Asian Peace: Can It Last?
Are the poor really too poor to innovate? How do the extreme poor, living in the slums, “entrepreneurate”? Have they been successful to any extent climbing up the social ladder, and if so, how did they manage to do it? Dr. Soumodip Sarkar, a world-renowned expert on the management and economics of innovation and an associate professor at the Department of Management at University of Evora, Portugal and an Asia Center Associate, is investigating these questions in his ongoing research. Dr. Read more about Seminar Recap – Slumdog Entrepreneurs: Creating Something from Nothing
With Donald Trump's surprising victory in becoming the next President of the United States next month, people are anxious to have some idea about his likely Asia policy. A panel of four experts was convened by the Acting Director of the Harvard Asia Center, Professor Andrew Gordon, and moderated by Professor Susan Pharr of Harvard University, to interpret any related harbingers thus far. Read more about Special Event Recap: What Next? Trump and Asia
Since Xi Jinping took over the helm of the Chinese top leadership in the end of 2012, he has noticeably consolidated his power by placing himself as the head of many working groups covering a wide range of issues from economic policy to national security, and through a forceful anti-corruption campaign in which many “tigers” have fallen from high positions. What motivated him to adopt these measures? What did he have in mind? What is he trying to achieve? What are the implications of his actions? Read more about Critical Issues Confronting China Summary–Xi Jinping: The Three Problems and the Two Issues