Asia Center Virtual Programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of everyone around the world, and we at the Harvard University Asia Center were forced to cancel or postpone all of our in-person events and activities indefinitely. However, we believe that the situation should not hinder any knowledge sharing and intellectual discussions generated from our activities. Therefore, we have developed ways of replicating those activities online and have begun to implement new ideas by creating online exhibits and producing a series of asynchronous video podcast talks on a range of topics by Harvard students, faculty members, authors, Asia Center affiliates, senior scholars, government officials, journalists, and other specialists. The new program structure makes these resources easily accessible by people outside of the Harvard campus and around the globe. We plan to continue doing these virtual programs throughout the summer and in the fall.

Online Art Exhibits

The Asia Center has a rich tradition of showcasing the arts in Asia--from feature length and documentary films to performers and poets and to painters and photographers.  The Center’s virtual art gallery highlights some of the exhibitions the Center has organized and/or co-sponsored over the years, including the current exhibit on display in the CGIS South Building, “Elegy to a Uyghur Dreamscape.”   Archived exhibits in the gallery feature major exhibitions, undergraduate and graduate student shows and exhibits that focus on Asia-related resources at Harvard.

Online Exhibition: Harvard Asia Center Poster Art 2010-2020 (Ongoing) 

Elegy to a Uyghur Dreamscape (Ongoing) 


Life in Singapore: Views from Migrant Workers (January-February, 2020)

Magnificent Trees of Asia (January-March, 2018) 

Asia Insecta (Summer, 2017)

Mapping Asia (February-April, 2017)

Shadows of Shangri La: Nepal in Photographs, 1975-2011 (May-September, 2014) 




Author Conversations Series Video Podcasts

Asia Center’s Author Conversations Series, hosted by the Asia Center's Director, Professor James Robson, is aimed at highlighting insightful engagements with authors of books published recently by the Asia Center Publications Program and other publishers on topics of interest to the Asia Center's mission of fostering research on Asia in transnational and transregional perspectives. 

The series is a pre-recorded video podcast conversation with authors. 

Fall 2020

Ruling by Other Means: State-Mobilized Movements by Grzegorz Ekiert, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and Xiaojun Yan, Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong.

Building for Oil: Daqing and the Formation of the Chinese Socialist State by Hou Li, Professor in Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University

Oceanic Islam: Muslim Universalism and European Imperialism by Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University and Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History, Tufts University

Summer 2020

Seeking Śākyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism by Richard Jaffe, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Duke University; Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University

Research Talks Series Video Podcasts

Research talks are aimed at showcasing some of the fascinating work being done on various facets of Asia by Harvard students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Asia Center Affiliates and other specialists. 

The series is a pre-recorded video podcast talks. 

Fall 2020

Friction as China-India Literary Relation by Adhira Mangalagiri, Department of Comparative Literature, Queen Mary University of London; Associate, Harvard University Asia Center 

When the Rockets Came: Japanese Launch Facilities and the 'Fishing Problem' in Southern Japan, 1960s-1990s by Subodhana Wijeyeratne, Writer and Researcher living and working in Tokyo, Japan

Asia’s Platform Archipelago: Offshore Oil and Gas Rigs and the Invasive Threat of Slowly Travelling Ecosystems by Stefan Huebner, Senior Research Fellow,  ARI, National University of Singapore; Associate, Harvard University Asia Center

“I Had No Will to Live”: Rohingya Women Negotiating Gender, Home, and Belonging in Bangladesh’s Refugee Camps by Farhana Rahman, Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center; Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cambridge Center for Gender Studies  

In the Hands of the Revolutionaries and Communities: A Social History of Acupuncture (A Two-Part Video Series) by Eana Meng, MPhil Student, University of Cambridge, UK 

Summer 2020

Making Space: 5 Contemporary Artists by Kaitlin Hao '21, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard College

The Impact of Natural Resources Extraction on the Ethnic Armed Conflicts, the Environment, and Livelihood in Conflict-Affected Areas in Myanmar by Thiri Shwesin Aung, Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center; Principal Researcher, Faculty of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

The Literature of Things: The Mansion of Secluded Books, Shu Yin Lou by Jannis Jizhou Chen, Ph.D. Candidate in Chinese Literature, Harvard University

Transforming Borneo: From Land Exploitation to Sustainable Development by Chun Sheng Goh, Research Fellow at Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, Sunway University; Associate, Harvard University Asia Center 



Southeast Asia Lecture Series Video Podcasts

Pre-recorded video podcast talks

Fall 2020

Ambivalent Fatherland: The Chinese National Salvation Movement in Malaya and Java, 1937-1941 by Prof. Kankan Xie, Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, Peking University

"Oh, You With the Body of Clouds!": Gender & Difference in 14th Century East Java by Prof. Kaja M. McGowan, Associate Professor of History of Art, Cornell University

Book Talk: Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity Across the South China Sea (Oxford, 2020) by Prof. Jack Meng-Tat Chia, Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies at the National University of Singapore

Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series

Pre-recorded video podcast talks

Fall 2020

Panel Discussion-2020 Myanmar Elections

Panelists: Hon. Thomas Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar; Senior Robina Human Rights Fellow, Schell International Human Rights Center, Yale University Law School​; Associate, Harvard University Asia Center; Andrea Gittleman, Program Manager, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum; Wai Wai Nu, Executive Director and Founder, Women’s Peace Network; Founder, Yangon Youth Leadership Center; Mathew Smith, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fortify Rights, and Chair/Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Chair, Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University

Panel Discussion-Consequences: South and Southeast Asia and the 2020 U.S. Election

PanelistsMattias Fibiger, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Erik Kuhonta, Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University; Doreen Lee, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northeastern University; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University Asia Center; Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science; Director; the Center for Contemporary South Asia, Brown University, and Chair/Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Chair, Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University

Director’s Conversations Series Video Podcasts

Pre-recorded video podcast talks

Fall 2020

Conflicts, Activism and Women Leadership in Manipur, and Northeast India by Binalakshmi Nepram, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard University's Asia-Related Resources