Event Recap – Fifty Years with China: A Canadian Perspective

May 22, 2017

Since China has a major presence in the world today with an increasing voice and weight in international affairs, let alone its One Belt One Road project and its own initiative of the multilateral Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), it is hard for students of younger generations to imagine where China came from half a century ago. For his Critical Issues Confronting China seminar, Bernard Frolic, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political Science at York University, brought a Canadian perspective to the vicissitudes of Canada’s relationship with China since World War II.

Michael Forsythe

Event Recap: Corruption in China on the Eve of the 19th Party Congress

May 22, 2017

For The New York Times' Michael Forsythe, who led a Critical Issues Confronting China seminar titled Corruption in China on the Eve of the 19th Party Congress, it is fascinating to witness the center of the Chinese universe moving from Beijing to Manhattan, as Chinese business tycoons with disputable reputations take luxury residences in New York. Wu Xiaohui, Chairman and CEO of the Anbang Insurance Group, which bought the Waldorf Astoria, the landmark hotel on Park Avenue, in 2014 for $1.95 billion, is one of them. Another one is currently in the news: Chinese billionaire Guo Wen-gui, residing in his $67 million penthouse on Fifth Avenue, blasts out corruption allegations of “nuclear bomb” grade against the top echelon of the Chinese Communist leadership through an interview with the Voice of America.

Niemen Fellows panel

Three 2017 Niemen Fellows Discuss Media and Culture in Japan, Nepal, and South Korea

May 15, 2017

In a technologically interconnected, yet culturally divergent world, how would one tell stories about his/her own country to a global audience? On this question, Andrew Gordon, Acting Director of Harvard Asia Center and Professor of History at Harvard University, chaired a seminar featuring three journalists, all Nieman Fellows at Harvard this year, from South Korea, Nepal and Japan. The journalists–Kyoungtae Kim, editor of the prime-time news program of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in Seoul; Subina Shrestha, filmmaker and correspondent for Al Jazeera in Kathmandu; and Roland Nozomu Kelts, author, journalist and lecturer on the U.S. and Japan–each talked about their work and careers from different perspectives.

Dr. James Reilly

Event Recap: China's Economic Statecraft in Asia

May 14, 2017

When Beijing promotes its One Belt One Road project to the world, it always highlights the mutual benefits that this project will bring to both the host countries and China. But when Chinese investment goes abroad, does it really create a “win-win situation,” as so frequently phrased in Chinese diplomacy? At a recent Critical Issues Confronting China seminar, titled "China's Economic Statecraft in Asia," Dr. James Reilly, Associate Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, dissected Chinese investment and trading relations with foreign countries by examining different interests and objectives of various actors in China’s vast political industrial complex, and illustrated how these divergences can undermine China’s overall strategic and diplomatic objectives. Using the framework of the principal-agent model, he analyzed China’s relations with Myanmar and commented on those with North Korea.

Carl Minzner

Event Recap – China: End of the Reform Era

May 8, 2017

Professor Carl Minzner of Fordham University School of Law presented the April 12, 2017, Critical Issues Confronting China seminar titled, "China: End of the Reform Era." He sensed that China has moved into a post-reform era since the early 2000s, and that this era is qualitatively different from the past three decades, marking an end to the reform era heralded by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. Minzner’s review of where China came from and where China is going reveals a worrisome picture for what lies ahead.

Film still from The Kalampag Tracking Agency

Harvard Alum Brings New and Re-discovered Films from Philippines to Boston

May 3, 2017

Genevieve Carmel is the founder and co-curator of Crows and Sparrows, an international working group presenting Monday’s film screening, The Kalampag Tracking Agency, a program of short films from the Philippines. The Harvard Asia Center connected with Carmel to discuss her background, East and Southeast Asian filmmaking, and the May 8 film screening of The Kalampag Tracking Agency.

Harvard CHAN ASEAN Student Organization

Southeast Asia's Health Outlook: Q&A with Harvard Chan ASEAN Student Organization President Renzo Guinto

April 24, 2017

Future of Health in Southeast Asia, in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN takes place Friday, April 28. This event, organized by the Harvard Chan ASEAN Student Organization (HCASO) in collaboration with the Harvard Asia Center, will bring together Harvard faculty and students as well as key global health leaders to examine the current situation of health in Southeast Asia and envision its future. The forum will also provide a venue for Harvard scholars to showcase their existing public health research in Southeast Asia and also generate further interest in the region among the Harvard community.

In anticipation of the event, the Harvard Asia Center asked a few questions of HCASO Founding President Renzo Guinto, a medical doctor from the Philippines and currently a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He offered some insight into the event and into the state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Chen Zhao

Event Recap – China: A Bullish Case

April 16, 2017

Against the prevailing diagnosis of the Chinese economy–over-capacity, over-investment and over-leverage in the backdrop of slower growth, Chen Zhao, former Co-Director of Global Macro Research, Brandywine Global, offered a forceful counter argument. He spoke recently at the Critical Issues Confronting China Seminar, titled “China: A Bullish Case.” His analysis demonstrated that China’s dramatic slowdown in economic growth rate since 2008 is not necessarily a reflection of serious economic illnesses, as many Wall Street analysts have argued.