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Tim Brook

Event Recap – Picturing the World: Asia Maps after Mercator

March 27, 2017

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.  

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View Mapping Asia Exhibit Online

March 16, 2017

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.

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Event Recap – Caring for the Elderly in China: The Building of a Services Society

March 15, 2017

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.

Kyoto Gakuen University/Harvard Asia Center Faculty Symposium Grant Deadline: March 20

February 27, 2017

Kyoto Gakuen University (KGU) and the Harvard Asia Center offer an annual grant of up to $100,000 in support of a co-sponsored symposium to be held in Kyoto, Japan. Harvard tenured or tenure-track faculty are invited to organize symposia in any field of humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, which principally focuses on the study of Asia.

Douglas Paal

Critical Issues Confronting China Summary – China and the United States After Trump: View from Washington

February 27, 2017

Three months after Donald Trump's stunning victory in the 2016 presidential election, many think-tank people in Washington are still in disbelief, while others are grappling with a stream of Trump's impromptu pronouncements of his gut feelings. Will Trump do away with the status quo in many fronts with no regard to history or conventions at all? Can Trump really deliver his campaign promises, such as “reverse the U.S. trade deficit and bring back jobs?”