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Asian Way of Disruption: Samsung and Psy

June 11, 2013

From his journalistic point of view, Jaekwon Son will discuss competitiveness and weaknesses of Samsung and Psy that have recently made top news stories.

Shooting Without Guns: The Photography of the Great Tokyo Air Raid, Public Memory, and the Optics of Ruination

May 16, 2013

World War II yielded many photographs of bombed-out cities.

Establishing Identity: Documents, Performance, and Biometric Information in Immigration Proceedings

May 6, 2013

How do we know that a person is what she claims to be? Or how do we make others believe that we are the person that we claim to be?

Is the Party Over? The Obsolescence of Authoritarian Growth in Singapore and Malaysia

April 8, 2013

In Singapore the People’s Action Party has held power continuously since 1959, having won 13 more or less constrained legislative elections in a row over more than half a century.

Mere Straws in the Wind or Genuine Change? Society, Culture and Public Opinion under China's New Leadership

March 14, 2013

Early returns suggest that it may not be business as usual in state-society relations, with the Party-state being compelled to respond to an increasingly discontented and vocal society, and that a...

Indonesia Is No Model for Muslim Democracy

March 5, 2013

Since the resignation of Indonesia’s authoritarian president Suharto in 1998, the country has made great strides in consolidating a democratic government.

Muslim Politics and Popular Culture in Malaysia: PAS, Hudud, and Rock 'n' Roll

February 26, 2013

Malaysia’s 13th general election is imminent and the opposition coalition (Pakatan Rakyat) is fragile.

Crossing the Border from "Chōsen" to "Kankoku" in Japan

January 25, 2013

In this talk, Professor Han will examine the implications for the Zainichi (people of Korean ethnicity who have lived in Japan since the colonial period) of choosing between identifying themselves...

Colonialism and Patterns of Ethnic Conflict in Contemporary India

December 6, 2012

Why does ethnic violence in multi-ethnic states revolve around one identity rather than another?

The Crisis in Japanese and Chinese Public Opinion: Can Soft Power Soften an 'Enemy Image'?

November 29, 2012

Why are Japan and China perpetually at odds?

Memory and National Identity in North Korean Cultural Production

November 2, 2012

This conference will bring together scholars of North Korea who will debate various aspects of North Korean culture from historical, comparative, and multidisciplinary perspectives.  The prominence...

Historical Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: Can the United States Play a Role?

October 22, 2012

Northeast Asia has witnessed growing intra-regional interactions, especially in the realms of culture and economy.

Climbing the Summits: ASEAN, America, and the Future of Asia

October 1, 2012

Five Southeast Asian ambassadors discuss ASEAN, Asia, and America’s role

Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea for U.S. Secondary School Teachers

July 23, 2012

The first annual Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea for U.S. Secondary School Teachers conference takes place this summer, from July 23 to 25, at Stanford.

The Chinese Naval Role in the Pacific and the American Response

May 30, 2012

***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE*** Maritime issues are increasingly at the heart of security issues between the United States and China.

Discourses of Defiance: Framing Muslim Self-Determination in Thailand and the Philippines

May 23, 2012

Using the concept of framing, this presentation will explore discourses behind the move for greater self-determination on the part of the Malay-Muslims of southern Thailand and the Moro of the...


May 18, 2012

More than two decades after the cold war ended elsewhere, it continues undiminished on the Korean Peninsula.

Global Dynamics of Culturalized Conflict in Southeast Asia: Postcards from Eurabia

May 15, 2012

In popular discourse, variations on Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” thesis have cited cultural differences to explain conflicts ranging from Hindu-Muslim violence in India to the...

Changing Course? A Critical Analysis of South Korea's Parliamentary Election Results

April 16, 2012

On April 11, South Koreans go to the polls to select all 299 members of their unicameral National Assembly.

Comparing China’s Islams: Muslim Minority Accommodation to Chinese Rule

April 13, 2012

Muslim minorities in China are often depicted as either forces for integration (i.e., sinicization and assimilation) or disintegration (as separatists, radical Islamists, or ethnic nationalists)....

Critical Industry Studies in Cigarette Production Before, During, and After “Liberation”

March 26, 2012

Historians, health policy specialists, sociologists, anthropologists, business scholars, and other experts will meet Mar.

Korea and Vietnam: The National Experiences and Foreign Policies of Middle Powers

March 2, 2012

The 4th annual Koret Conference will convene to explore the similarities and differences in the national experiences and national identities of two important middle powers on China's periphery,...

Identity Politics in a Muslim-Majority Democracy: Explaining Communal Appeals in Indonesian Election Campaigns, 2009-2011

February 1, 2012

Despite the many benefits of democracy, some scholars believe that introducing elections in ethnically divided states can lead to the politicization of identity and to ethnic conflict.

Cigarette Citadels, Remapping Theory and Policy, Cigarette Factories in and Outside of China

January 30, 2012

At present, the tobacco industry produces some six trillion cigarettes worldwide every year.