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New Publication Offers Historical Take on Japanese Government and Role of Ordinary People

February 18, 2018

The Asia Center Publications Program has published its latest title, Give and Take: Poverty and the Status Order in Early Modern Japan, by Maren A. Ehlers (University of North Carolina, Charlotte). The book offers a new history of government in Tokugawa, Japan (1600–1868) – one that focuses on ordinary subjects: merchants, artisans, villagers, and people at the margins of society such as outcastes and itinerant...

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Event Recap – Gained in Translation: The Reception of Foreign Films in the Mao Era

February 16, 2018

Jie Li, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, gave an Asia Center Seminar Series presentation, co-sponsored with the Korea Institute and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, entitled Gained in Translation: The Reception of Foreign Films in the Mao Era drawn from her current book project Cinema at the Grassroots. Her talk, presented in November, outlined the exhibition of foreign cinema in China and studied its influence on Chinese audiences from the 1950s to the 1970s, with a focus on four films: Soviet film...

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Memorial for Asma Jahangir Saturday, Feb. 17

February 15, 2018

A memorial for Asma Jahangir, the Pakistani lawyer, UN Special Rapporteur, and human rights activist who passed away February 11, will take place this Saturday, February 17, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Weiner Auditorium, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School (79 JFK St., Cambridge). The memorial is being organized by Asma's friends, activists, and admirers, and is co-sponsored by Harvard Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard Kennedy School South Asia Engagement...

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