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Bannermen Tales (Zidishu) book cover

New Asia Center Publication Offers English Study of Bannermen Tales

January 22, 2018

Bannermen Tales (Zidishu): Manchu Storytelling and Cultural Hybridity in the Qing Dynasty by Elena Suet-Ying Chiu (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) was published last week by the Asia Center Publications Program. This is the first book in English to offer a comprehensive study of zidishu (bannermen tales) – a popular storytelling genre created by the Manchus in early 18th century Beijing.... Read more about New Asia Center Publication Offers English Study of Bannermen Tales

Event Recap – The Chinese Question: Exclusion and the Global Politics of Race

January 22, 2018

Around the turn of the 20th century, several countries enacted Chinese exclusion laws to various extents: the U.S. during 1875-1943; Canada during 1885-1947; Australia starting with colonial restrictions in the 1860s, then to the White Australia during 1901-1973; and South Africa from 1880s to 1970s. These exclusion laws effectively constituted a “Great Wall” against Chinese immigration in the advent of the Anglo-American hegemony. This wall protected and advantaged American and British territorial and economic expansion, which depended on control over resources, markets, and not least...

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Mary Steedly

In Memory of Professor Mary Steedly (1946-2018)

January 22, 2018
It is with great sadness that the Harvard Asia Center bids farewell to Professor Mary Steedly, who passed away January 4, 2018. Prof. Steedly was a major figure in the ethnography and social anthropology of Indonesia. Her research focused on the Karo Bataks, of North Sumatra. Her books include Hanging without a Rope: Narrative Experience in Colonial and Postcolonial Karoland (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Rifle Reports: Gender, Nationalism and Peasant Resistance in the Karo Area, 1945-1950 (University of California Press, 2013). Mary was much beloved by Asia Center... Read more about In Memory of Professor Mary Steedly (1946-2018)
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

Farewell to a Staunch Friend and Supporter: Surin Pitsuwan (1949-2017)

December 18, 2017

As the Harvard University Asia Center community mourns the passing of Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, we thank the Thai Studies Program at Harvard, led by Director Michael Herzfeld, for paying tribute in a manner that acknowledges Dr. Pitsuwan's academic contributions, his public service, and his warm and charismatic presence:
 
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Asia Center Grants Supported 64 Students Overseas in Summer 2017

December 10, 2017

The Harvard University Asia Center supports undergraduate and graduate students conducting research or language study over the summer. These grants have sent students to countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Throughout the fall, the Asia Center has highlighted student reports from their respective summer trips. The complete list of grant recipients, including their destinations and activity, is included with links to those with student reports posted online.

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Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

Harvard Mourns Passing of Former ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan

December 4, 2017

The Harvard Asia Center community was shocked and saddened by the passing of former ASEAN Secretary General and Harvard alumnus Dr. Surin Pitsuwan on November 30. Dr. Pitsuwan was a good friend and benefactor of the Asia Center and tireless contributor to efforts to build the Thai Studies Program. He most recently led the Asia Center’s 12th annual Tsai Lecture in October on the topic of ...

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A Look at Japanese and Taiwanese Female Fan Culture

A Look at Japanese and Taiwanese Female Fan Culture

November 30, 2017

Student Report: Janet Louie, M.A. candidate, Regional Studies: East Asia


The focus of my research this summer was the state of female fan cultures in Japan and Taiwan, with special attention paid to issues of gender and sexuality as well as transnationalism and localization. The Asia Center provided me with the means for pursuing my dissertation research in Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Prior to arriving in Taiwan, I had been tracking popular trends in TV, film, and media in the area on popular social media platforms for fans such as Plurk,...

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Justin Stern, PhD candidate, photo

Business Outsourcing and Urban Transformation in the Philippines

November 26, 2017

Student Report: Justin Stern, Ph.D. candidate, Urban Planning and Design

It is approaching 1:00 a.m. local time in the Philippines and the large outdoor food court and shopping mall at Eastwood City Cyberpark, a 42-acre “new town” in northeastern Manila, is bustling with hundreds of office employees taking their lunch break. Opened in 1997 by Megaworld Corporation, Eastwood City was the first large-scale mixed-use urban development project in Metropolitan Manila built to meet the exclusive needs of the call center industry. The tens of thousands of employees who...

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ASEAN@50 conference panel

Event Recap – ASEAN@50 Conference: Peace and Prosperity Panel

November 20, 2017

The first panel of the ASEAN@50 conference, entitled "Peace and Prosperity," was moderated by Meg Rithmire, F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business of Administration at Harvard Business School. It consisted of four speakers: Chatib Basri, Former Minister of Finance of Indonesia, Doreen Lee, Associate Professor of Northeastern University, Cesar Purisima, Former Secretary of Finance of the Philippines, and Leonard Sebastian, Associate Professor of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The discussant was Jay Rosengard, Adjunct Lecturer in public policy at Harvard...

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