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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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Jennifer Ferng

Jennifer Ferng to Discuss Humanitarian Aid and Cambodian Thai Refugee Camps

February 12, 2018

Harvard Asia Center Visiting Scholar Jennifer Ferng (University of Sydney, Sydney School of Architecture, Design, and Planning) will be giving a talk Friday, February 16, on her project in progress for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) that addresses historical and contemporary examples related to Australasian detention centers. The ...

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Asma Jilani Jahangir

Human Rights Activist Asma Jilani Jahangir Passes Away

February 12, 2018

Asma Jilani Jahangir, a Pakistani lawyer, human rights activist, and former Asia Center Tsai Lecturer, passed away Sunday at the age of 66. She is remembered, among other roles, as a democracy activist whose work focused on prevention of persecution of religious minorities and gender equality. She was a founding member and chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and was President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. She also served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.... Read more about Human Rights Activist Asma Jilani Jahangir Passes Away

Karen Thornber

Welcome Back from Asia Center Director Karen Thornber

January 30, 2018

Dear colleagues, students, visitors, and friends,

Happy New Year!  With the new semester now in full swing, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to campus.  This spring marks an important milestone for the Asia Center – the 20th anniversary of its founding – which we will be celebrating on April 13, 2018 with a day of talks and panels featuring students, current and former center directors, and other distinguished speakers who have been instrumental in the work of the Asia Center, as well as a keynote address by the Honorable Kevin Rudd...

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Event Recap – An Alternative View of the North Korea-U.S. Relationship

January 29, 2018

The Honorable Donald P. Gregg, former Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (1989-1993), former National Security Advisor (1982-1989), former CIA officer (1951-1982), Chairman of the Pacific Century Institute in Los Angeles, and Chairman emeritus of the Korea Society in New York City, was the featured speaker of the second seminar in Harvard Asia Center’s Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series, all chaired by Professor Karen Thornber, Director of the Asia Center. Katharine Moon, Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution; and Dr. John Park, Director of the Korea Working Group at the Harvard Kennedy School, were discussants.... Read more about Event Recap – An Alternative View of the North Korea-U.S. Relationship

Reading Philosophy, Writing Poetry: Intertextual Modes of Making Meaning in Early Medieval China by Wendy Swartz

New Asia Center Publication Examines Early Medieval Chinese Writings

January 24, 2018

Reading Philosophy, Writing Poetry: Intertextual Modes of Making Meaning in Early Medieval China by Wendy Swartz (Rutgers University) has just been published by the Asia Center Publications Program.

In a formative period of Chinese culture, early medieval writers made extensive use of a diverse set of resources, in which such major philosophical classics as Laozi, Zhuangzi, and Classic of Changes featured prominently. Reading Philosophy, Writing Poetry examines how these writers understood and manipulated a shared intellectual lexicon to produce meaning. Focusing...

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Princeton Professors Christina Davis and Kosuke Imai to Join Harvard Faculty

January 25, 2018

Harvard's Department of Government will have two new senior faculty members this fall when current Princeton University professors Christina Davis and Kosuke Imai begin their appointments. Kosuke also joins the Department of Statistics. Both Christina and Kosuke hold PhDs from Harvard's Government Department and have strong research ties to Japan. Christina also earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard.

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