When Professor Arthur Kleinman, former Director of the Harvard Asia Center, tried, about two years ago, to produce a map centered around Southeast Asia, he ran into an intractable problem of what is an accurate visual representation of Southeast Asia and the world around it. A multitude of debates and compromises with many experts in producing this map illustrate a crucial point that there is no one-to-one correspondence between a map and the geographical reality it’s supposed to represent. Even what the modern GPS offers is merely one decent approximation of our visual world. Read more about Event Recap – Picturing the World: Asia Maps after Mercator
Mapping Asia, an exhibition of selected maps from the Harvard University collections, is on view now through Friday, April 14 in the Asian Centers' Lounge on the first floor of the CGIS South building. For those not able to view the exhibit in person, the maps and accompanying descriptions are now available online. View exhibit.
Compared with a 12 percent increase in average life expectancy during the 19th century, the doubling of average life expectancy during the 20th century is remarkable as a result of better nutrition and healthcare. Accompanied with this much longer life expectancy is the global challenge of aging, in which the ratio of the number of working population to the number of retirees is rapidly shrinking. By 2050, there will be more people 65 years or older than people younger than 15. People above 85 years old represent the fastest growing group in worldwide demographics. Read more about Event Recap – Caring for the Elderly in China: The Building of a Services Society