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Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection

This exhibition (running now through August 4) features a selection of the finest artworks from the renowned Asia Society Museum Collection. Included are Chinese, Korean, and Japanese ceramics; Indian and Cambodian Hindu sculptures; and sculptures from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas that show imagery associated with the transmission of Buddhism across the region.

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Disinformation and Elections In East And Southeast Asia: Digital Futures And Fragile Democracies
Oct
3
to Oct 4

Disinformation and Elections In East And Southeast Asia: Digital Futures And Fragile Democracies

  • 420 West 118th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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DISINFORMATION AND ELECTIONS IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA: DIGITAL FUTURES AND FRAGILE DEMOCRACIES

WEATHERHEAD EAST ASIAN INSTITUTE 

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY - 70th ANNIVERSARY SERIES

New York City October 3-4, 2019

Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Columbia Journalism School, and the New York Southeast Asia Network

 

CO-ORGANISERS

- Sheila Coronel, Columbia Journalism School

- Duncan McCargo, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

- Jonathan Corpus Ong, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

- Margaret Scott, New York University

OVERVIEW

A recent series of elections in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and indeed across Asia has highlighted the salience of digital media in political campaigns and insidious modes of electoral manipulation. This two-day workshop aims to gather evidence into the operations and impact of digital disinformation in the context of recent Asian elections. The conference approaches Asia as a site in which disinformation in various digital and analog forms have not only deep local histories but also radical acceleration and innovation the likes of which have little to no precedent in advanced liberal democracies in the West. Many Asian countries lead in both scale and intensity of technological adoption and use while serving as “laboratories” for testing and experimentation by Big Tech firms, with minimal oversight and accountability to the potentially grave consequences of algorithmic tweaks, the dispersed labor of content moderation, and new platform rollouts. Thus we seek to develop a framework that examines the social and political ramifications of this process beyond the region.

The two-day event aims for interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to thinking through issues of disinformation that draw from areas of sociology, politics, media and communication studies, journalism studies, critical legal studies, information science, and anthropology.

The format will consist of workshop sessions open to the public organized around four main themes:

1) Elections and Disinformation 

2) Winning the Digital War: The Transformation of Political Campaigns 

3) Digital Populisms and Constructions of 'the Other'

4)Confronting Facebook: Platform Regulation, Information Control, and Local Interventions.

In addition, the event will include an open, public evening session to which members of the New York and national journalism and policy communities will be invited.

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Craft Talk & Reading: Very Peak Summer Solstice with Jasmine Gibson, Fana Fraser, Sokunthary Svay, Annie Heath, Jean Lee, & Benedict Nguyen
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Craft Talk & Reading: Very Peak Summer Solstice with Jasmine Gibson, Fana Fraser, Sokunthary Svay, Annie Heath, Jean Lee, & Benedict Nguyen

Join us for a very special event this summer solstice. Presented by ISSUE Project Room 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow Benedict Nguyenvery peak summer solstice (vpss) features performer and performance maker Fana Fraser, poet Jasmine Gibson, dancer and choreographer Annie Heath, and poet Sokunthary Svay. This is their second program in soft bodies in hard places, a platform of trans-disciplinary events circling planetary events over 2019.

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Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund
May
31
12:00 AM00:00

Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund

The mission of the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) is to promote research on, and awareness of, Southeast Asia. Toward that end, NYSEAN has established the Partners Fund to foster collaboration among academics, artists, policymakers and other professionals working on contemporary Southeast Asia. To promote such cooperation, the NYSEAN Partners Fund is issuing a call for proposals aimed at funding conferences, small workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, art installations or performances that address historical or contemporary issues in Southeast Asia and/or U.S.-Southeast Asia relations.

Proposals should be submitted to coordinator@nysean.org by May 31, 2019.

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Southeast Asian Day of Resilience
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Southeast Asian Day of Resilience

  • 2751 University Avenue NY, 10468 United States (map)
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In the spirit of April 30th, a diasporic Vietnamese day of remembrance, and April 17th, the Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day, Mekong NYC is hosting a 2-part event centered around Southeast Asian resilience and healing. The first portion of the Southeast Asian Day of Resilience is an invite-only discussion featuring Southeast Asian (Vietnamese and Cambodian) community leaders and members, with a select group of Mekong NYC's allies invited to listen to and support this discussion. The second half of the event (from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) is an open reception where Mekong and Southeast Asian artists will share our work, especially regarding how Southeast Asian people have pioneered amazing healing work for our diasporic community. We are proud to show the work of Khmer, Viet, and Lao artists: Amy Lee Sanford, LinDa Saphan, and Michelle Nguyễn Bounkousohn.

For more information, click here.

HOSTED BY:

  • Mekong NYC

  • Manhattan College

  • Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation

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Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy & the ASEAN and Chinese Responses
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy & the ASEAN and Chinese Responses

The Trump administration has articulated a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ strategy as the new modus operandi for the United States's policy on Asia, but is it a useful organizing concept? Please join Dr. Amy Searight, Senior Advisor and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, for a discussion of the Trump administration’s ‘free and open Indo-Pacific” and the Southeast Asian response. Dr. Andrew Nathan will provide a Chinese view of the ‘free and open Indo-Pacific” strategy in promises to be a stimulating discussion of an important topic. Acting as the moderator for the event will be Dr. Ann Marie Murphy of Seton Hall University. 

Hosted by: 

  • NYSEAN

  • Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute

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Stunted Development, Labor Politics and Low-Value Added GPNs
Apr
26
3:00 PM15:00

Stunted Development, Labor Politics and Low-Value Added GPNs

Recent scholarship on labour and development in the global South has renewed critiques of conventional development theory along two main lines. The first has highlighted the unsuccessful transition of peasant small-holders into wage workers, whose incomes and employment benefits, it was once argued, would both satisfy their social reproduction needs and allow for expanded consumption. As a consequence of this apparently ‘stalled transition’ a contradiction has emerged between the valorization of wage labour/full employment, and the precarious reality of work and underemployment in contemporary capitalism. The second critique to emerge has focused on the failure of numerous late industrializing economies to transition from low- to high-value-added manufacturing. This latter failure of the development project exposes the contradiction between the promise and the reality of contemporary development strategies, and has led to disillusionment with industrial and other forms of waged work. As a result, growing frictions at the point of production and beyond have emerged, exposing tensions and fissures in development models across Continental Southeast Asia. What happens, we thus need to ask, when low-value-added export-oriented factories that are central to long-term strategies for economic growth at a sub-regional level, fail to serve as a stepping stone to higher-value-added manufacturing? How do states and workers adapt to and address the apparent lock-in of low-value, precarious, production network at the national and sub-regional scale? This presentation, led by speaker Professor Dennis Arnold of the University of Amsterdam, seeks to address these questions through analysis of the multiple power relations between state, capital and labor in Cambodia’s garment production network.

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Cornell Department of Development Sociology

  • Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations

  • Cornell Southeast Asia Program

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Indigenous Rights Defenders Under Attack: Challenges and Responses
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Indigenous Rights Defenders Under Attack: Challenges and Responses

  • The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue (map)
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Human Rights Defenders and Indigenous Peoples are increasingly under attack worldwide. This convergence of threats was recognized by a report last year from the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples. That report highlighted how intensified competition over natural resources -- led by private companies and at times with government complicity -- has placed indigenous communities seeking to protect their traditional lands at the forefront as targets of persecution.

This panel features perspectives from the Americas, Asia, and Africa on the nature of these threats against indigenous rights defenders and the responses these organizations and their allies are taking to ensure the security of indigenous rights defenders and advancing efforts to defend the lands, resources, and rights of indigenous communities.

A reception will follow the panel discussion.

Panelists:

Antenor Vaz, a former senior official at FUNAI, the federal agency responsible for Brazil's indigenous peoples, and an author of a recent report on the situation of voluntary isolated tribes in the Amazon.

Nidia Becerra, has been elected leader of the Inga three times. Nidia works with the Yunguillo, a reserve in the department of Putumayo, in the Colombian Amazon, to achieve the protection of its territory. Under her leadership, she has quintupled the amount of formally protected traditional Inga land. She also coordinates Land is Life’s Indigenous-Led Grantmaking initiative throughout the Amazon.

Daniel Kobei, Founder and Executive Director of Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program, a Kenyan-based NGO working to secure human and land rights of the indigenous Ogiek community and other Indigenous Peoples across Kenya and Africa.

Aisah Czarriane Mariano is Deputy Secretary General of the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance, a federation of peoples organizations in the Cordillera region of the Philippines.

Relmu Ñanku is a Mapuche leader from Argentina.

Moderator: John Gershman, Clinical Professor of Public Service, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • NYSEAN

  • Wagner's Office of International Programs

  • Land is Life

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“Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance”
Apr
25
4:30 PM16:30

“Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance”

Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. This realization has led to cries for change—yet there is little popular awareness of possible alternatives. This talk, based on a book of the same title, describes efforts to create a transnational economy free of debt. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia, the talk illustrates how the state, led by the central bank, seeks to make the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur “the New York of the Muslim world”—the central node of global financial activity conducted in accordance with Islam. The talk will illustrate how Islamic financial experts have undertaken ambitious experiments to create more stable economies and stronger social solidarities by facilitating risk- and profit-sharing, enhanced entrepreneurial skills, and more collaborative economic action. Building on scholarship that reveals the impact of financial devices on human activity, the talk describes how Islamic finance is deployed to fashion subjects who are at once more pious Muslims and more ambitious entrepreneurs. In so doing, the talk shows how experts seek to create a new “geo-economics” centered in Southeast Asia—a global Islamic alternative to the conventional financial network centered on New York, London, and Tokyo. A groundbreaking analysis of a timely subject, Beyond Debt tells the captivating story of efforts to re-center international finance in an emergent Islamic global city and, ultimately, to challenge the very foundations of conventional finance. The speaker, Daromir Rudnyckyj, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. 

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Cornell Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

  • Cornell Department of Anthropology

  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

  • Cornell Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

  • Cornell Department of Economics

  • Cornell Comparative Muslim Societies Program

  • Cornell Southeast Asia Program

  • Cornell Global Learning

  • Global Cornell

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Faces Behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Faces Behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora

Join the Alliance for Southeast Asian Students (ALSEAS) and their partners AASA, ViSA, and IYA for their first-ever exhibit entitled "Faces behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora." Come learn about and come hear the personal narratives of ALSEAS members and their families, and explore the contemporary issues that Southeast Asian refugees, immigrants, and their families experience in the US today. 

Their exhibit will be featured in the Silliman Art Gallery between April 16, 2019, to April 20, 2019, but all are welcome to their gallery reception on April 19, 2019, at 7 PM at the Silliman Art Gallery. 

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Alliance for Southeast Asian Students

  • Kasama: The Filipino Club at Yale

  • Yale Asian American Students Alliance

  • Indonesia Yale Association

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Infrastructure as Asset or Public Good: Who Gives a Dam? Financing Development and Development Finance Along the Mekong and Ayeyarwaddy
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Infrastructure as Asset or Public Good: Who Gives a Dam? Financing Development and Development Finance Along the Mekong and Ayeyarwaddy

  • Columbia University International Affairs Building Rm. 918 (map)
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Global investments in the energy infrastructure sector have received the lion’s share of contemporary financing from the public and private sector in the twenty-first century. Infrastructure building in the nineteenth and twentieth century traditionally served to embody the modernizing ambitions of successive states in their bid to construct public goods and lay foundations for their industrialization strategies. Since the end of the 20th century and particularly after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis however, paradigmatic shifts in the private turn in development have expanded and deepened the reach of financial markets in the developing world. While liberalizing reforms to facilitate the entry of private sector actors into financing for development have been led by the usual Bretton Woods institutions, the author argues that these reforms have facilitated the vociferous entry of non-traditional actors and coordinated business groups from the emerging economies of East and Southeast Asia seeking high returns in a business model which treats infrastructure building as an asset in their portfolio-driven quest to transition from ‘national champions’ to international powerhouses. Emerging regional development finance is rapidly changing the environmental and economic landscapes of mainland Southeast Asia, creating a new round of debt and dependency which cuts against popular notions of win-win ‘south-south’ development. The author compares similar and divergent trends in hydro-infrastructure financing in Lao PDR and Myanmar and discusses the present and future of socio-environmental governance along the Mekong and Ayeyarwaddy.

About the Speaker:Dr. Pon Souvannaseng is a Research Associate at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. Her research interests include aid politics and development finance; the political economy of energy security and infrastructure expansion, particularly in Asia and Africa, and issues of environmental governance and regulation. She conducts research in West Africa and mainland Southeast Asia on the UKRI-funded FutureDAMS research programme. She has previously served as a Fellow in Political Economy and International Development at University College London (UCL) and as a Research Analyst at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). She has been a Fulbright Research Scholar in Southeast Asia and a CODESRIA-CLACSO-APISA South-South Young Laureate Award holder. She holds degrees from the LSE and Tufts University in Political Science.

Hosted by NYSEAN.

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Making Waves
Apr
6
2:00 PM14:00

Making Waves

On Saturday, April 6, Mekong NYC is holding a special fundraising event at the Abron Arts Center. You'll hear from Mekong about its anti-deportation work. In the midst of our immigration crisis, the Southeast Asian community has been devastated by the U.S.'s inhumane immigration policies, with over 16,000 Cambodians, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Hmong people living in the U.S. who have orders of removal. For these 16,000 Southeast Asians, they face the prospect of separation from their families, and in many instances the only home they know, only to be forced to return to the countries from which their communities initially fled due to war and genocide. 

Your contribution would support Mekong NYC and specifically its anti-deportation work. As the only community-based organization in New York City serving the Southeast Asian refugee community, Mekong is based in the Bronx, and works to improve the well-being of the Southeast Asian community through community organizing, arts and culture programming, and improved access to critical social services. In response to the deportation crisis, Mekong has united with other partners in leading the work to fight this injustice, in a campaign that is local, national, and international in scale. 

Tickets for the event are $50 each (this covers drinks and finger foods). To RSVP, please email mekong@mekongnyc.org.

 

Hosted by: 

  • Mekong NYC

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The South China Sea: US Foreign Policy Challenges and Geo-Political Impacts
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

The South China Sea: US Foreign Policy Challenges and Geo-Political Impacts

Conflict in the The South China Sea has become one of the most significant geopolitical concerns of the 21 century. It is estimated that that $5.3 trillion worth of goods moves through the South China Sea annually, 1.2 trillion of which is with the US. Around forty percent of global liquefied natural gas trade moves through the South China Sea. Any military conflict there would cripple critical global supply chains. In recent years, China has undertaken efforts to reclaim thousands of square feet in the South China Sea. Its construction of artificial islands and infrastructure such as  runways, support buildings, loading piers, and possible satellite communication antennas has prompted its neighbors and the US to question China’s motives. The US Navy sends ships into the South China Sea to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese, and some Southeast Asian navies operate. The slightest miscalculation could have dire consequences not just for Sino-US relations but also have implications for the region.

Can there be a “win win” situation in the South China Sea? What are China’s ultimate objectives? What should the US’s strategic goals be? How should the US and other countries within the region avoid conflict and instead foster a greater sense of trust and enhance cooperation in the South China Sea?

Moderator: Earl Carr, Adjunct Instructor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs; Managing Director, Momentum Advisors

Panelists:

Kimball Chen, Chairman, The Global LPG Partnership; Chairman, Energy Transportation Group, Inc.

Rorry Daniels, Deputy Project Director, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, National Committee on American Foreign Policy

Brigadier General S. Clinton Hinote, Deputy Director, Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability; Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Li Qingsi, Professor for International Relations, School of International Studies, Renmin University

To register, click here

Hosted by: 

  • NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs

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Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia

  • Columbia University Faculty House (map)
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Politics of Visual Arts in Changing World aims to study new trends that are affecting the creation, presentation, and preservation of works of art in diverse cultural contexts. From preliminary discussions with colleagues inside and outside the university, a number of potential areas of exploration have emerged. Within these areas of exploration are issues of cultural appropriation, repatriation, freedom of creative expression, as well as legal frameworks that need to be understood better with the help of diverse groups of scholars and practitioners. 

As a part of the "Politics of Visual Arts" Signature Research Project of the Committee on Global Through, this program will feature a panel discussion among the following artists: MC Kash (hip-hop singer from Kashmir), Tenzing Rigdol (painter, poet, visual artist from Tibet), Maria Madeira (painter, visual artist from Timor Leste), Seckon Leang (painter, performer and visual artist from Cambodia). It will be moderated by Vishakha N. Desai, CGT Vice Chair and Senior Advisor to the University President. 

Hosted by Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Committee on Global Thought, Columbia South Asia Institute, and Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought.

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Conformities and Interruptions in Southeast Asia - Cornell Southeast Asia Program's 21st Graduate Student Conference
Mar
8
to Mar 10

Conformities and Interruptions in Southeast Asia - Cornell Southeast Asia Program's 21st Graduate Student Conference

  • Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia (map)
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Conformities allude to laws, guidelines, and systems of political, cultural, and economic power that govern the lives of individuals and communities. What evident or overlooked conformities exist in the histories and contemporary issues of Southeast Asia? Conversely, the concept of interruptions offers a means to uncover non-conformities — individual and collective acts that subvert expectations. What systems or perspectives are challenged via processes of interruption? In Southeast Asian contexts interruptions might occur through performative or bodily acts, disturbances of socio-cultural boundaries, or subtle variations in physical and spatial environments. Yet, conformity and interruption can speak at multiple levels, from interpersonal to international and within/across collectives that don't adhere to national boundaries. What do moments of interruption reveal about conformity? Do they always undermine each other? Or can they be paired as tactics of intervention? Finally, what conformities might be present in the various disciplinary studies of Southeast Asia, and how can they be interrupted? The conference will be held March 8-10, 2019 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia in Ithaca, New York.

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Hosted by Cornell University Southeast Asia Program.


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Disinformation Crisis and Southeast Asian Elections: Behind the Scenes of Fake News Production and Fact-Check Interventions
Mar
5
5:00 PM17:00

Disinformation Crisis and Southeast Asian Elections: Behind the Scenes of Fake News Production and Fact-Check Interventions

  • Columbia University International Affairs Building Rm. 918 (map)
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This talk explores the everyday digital labor of fake news production and the fact-check interventions that attempt to combat the disinformation crisis particularly in Southeast Asia. Drawing from the study "Architects of Networked Disinformation" which focused on the work arrangements and moral justifications of disinformation producers in the Philippines, the focus of the talk is to move beyond naming and shaming exceptional villain influencers to identify the vulnerabilities in both political and media ecosystems that make political trolling a lucrative sideline gig for elite strategists as well as precarious creative workers. The talk also identifies current challenges facing election integrity interventions and country-specific legislation against fake news in light of forthcoming elections in Indonesia and the Philippines. I reflect on Facebook's new investments supporting fact-check partners and content moderators in the region, which on one hand offer possibilities for culturally appropriate local response but on the other hand create incentive structures that once again target low-hanging fruits and not the real masterminds of fake news.

About the Speaker:

Jonathan Corpus Ong (PhD, Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Global Digital Media in the Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Television and New Media. He is co-author of the public report "Architects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines", funded by the British Council. He is currently project leader of "Reality Check"–an election integrity project that promotes voter literacy around disinformation for the May 2019 Philippine midterm elections.  

Moderated by:

Sheila Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia Journalism School.

Pizza will be provided!

Hosted by NYSEAN, Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Journalism School, and Southeast Asian Students Initiative at Columbia University.

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Megaprojects and National Development Models in Timor-Leste
Feb
27
12:00 PM12:00

Megaprojects and National Development Models in Timor-Leste

  • 34 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
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Rapid change is coming to a few previously isolated rural regions of Timor-Leste following the government’s decision to pursue megaprojects as a national development model. A decade after the nation’s 2002 independence, the sudden availability of oil revenues enabled a national strategic development plan that envisioned dispersed megaprojects as revenue producers for the nation. The two areas primarily affected are Timor-Leste’s south coast, where government programs are forging ahead with onshore facilities for an oil and gas industry, and the Oecusse-Ambeno enclave, which in 2013 was declared the site of a $4.11 billion project with an as-yet-undefined focus for a Special Economic Zone. Public money is now disproportionately spent on infrastructure development in these previously remote regions, for projects with uncertain future trajectories. This talk discusses the causes and effects of this choice of national development strategy, drawing on long-term fieldwork in a location and political context of profound and unexpected change.

Dr. Laura Meitzner Yoder is a political ecologist. Her scholarship engages multiple dimensions of human-environment interaction: agricultural biodiversity, land and forest authorities and access, and how rural land policy affects smallholder farmers and forest dwellers who make their living in marginal conditions.

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Hosted by Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies.

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The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia
Feb
21
1:00 PM13:00

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia

  • Columbia University International Affairs Building Rm. 918 (map)
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The human rights situation is worsening in Southeast Asia, as seen in developments ranging from state-sponsored ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, to Duterte's drug war in the Philippines, as well as the continued harassment of religious minorities in Indonesia. Join NYSEAN for a panel discussion with experts from Human Rights Watch and the Yale Law School as they give their assessments of the current state of human rights in the region.  

Speakers:

Katherine Munyan, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Yale University. 

Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Asia's Division Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch

Andreas Harsono, Indonesia Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Carlos Conde, Philippines Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Moderated by:

Margaret Scott, Adjunct Associate Professor, NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Hosted by NYSEAN, Columbia Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and Southeast Asian Students Initiative at Columbia University.

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Southeast Asia Spring Cultural Festival
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

Southeast Asia Spring Cultural Festival

  • 34 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
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Since spring of 2003, the faculty and students of the Yale Southeast Asia Language Studies Programs have organized and hosted an annual “Cultural Festival,” featuring displays and performances of regional arts, crafts, music, and dance, along with a buffet dinner of Southeast Asian cuisine. The festival evenings have been open to the University and the public, and each year have attracted enthusiastic crowds of Yale students, faculty, and community participants.

Past festivals have featured Yale student and local community groups presenting songs, dances, fashion shows, photograph collections, and traditional crafts from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia, and the Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo has provided small and large group performances. Festivals have also occasionally featured guest performers such as the Nguyen Dinh Nghia Family Ensemble playing traditional Vietnamese instruments, the Gamelan Dharma Swara and Balinese Dance Troupe from the Indonesian Consulate in New York, and the Amnaj Jatuprayoon Dance Troupe of NYC performing the Ramakien Thai Ramayana.

For more information, click here

Hosted by Council on Southeast Asian Studies.

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Testing Legislator Responsiveness to Citizens and Firms in Single-Party
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

Testing Legislator Responsiveness to Citizens and Firms in Single-Party

  • 34 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
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Edmund Malesky is a Professor of Political Science at Duke University. Malesky is a specialist on Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam. Currently, Malesky's research agenda is very much at the intersection of Comparative and International Political Economy, falling into three major categories: 1) Authoritarian political institutions and their consequences; 2) The political influence of foreign direct investment and multinational corporations; and 3) Political institutions, private business development, and formalization.

Hosted by the Leitner Program.

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The 3rd Yale Symposium on the Impact of Chinese Overseas Investment: Greening The Belt & Road
Jan
25
12:30 PM12:30

The 3rd Yale Symposium on the Impact of Chinese Overseas Investment: Greening The Belt & Road

  • 195 Prospect Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
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This Symposium will explore the ways in which China’s impact on the world is evolving as Chinese companies and investors continue to shape global supply chains and local economies. We seek diverse perspectives from NGOs, businesses, and academia to provide nuanced analyses of various topics, including but not limited to: what the Belt and Road Initiative actually is; China’s changing environmental governance and policies; climate considerations in infrastructure development; the implications of the Belt and Road for biodiversity and ecosystems, among others.


Speakers:

Adina Matisoff, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Geography 

Austin Lord, PhD Candidate, Cornell University, Department of Anthropology 

Brian Eyler, Director, Southeast Asia Program, Stimson Center

Registration is free, and food will be provided for lunch and coffee breaks.

For more information, please visit this website or email china-symposium-fes@yale.edu.

Hosted by Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


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Last Days of the Mighty Mekong: Navigating an Unsustainable Development Pathway
Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

Last Days of the Mighty Mekong: Navigating an Unsustainable Development Pathway

  • 34 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
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The Mekong River flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Its basin is one of the world's most biodiverse and home to more than two hundred ethnic groups, many of which live in upland, mountainous areas which Yale professor James C. Scott and others have labeled Zomia. The river naturally provides an abundance of resources, and this, coupled with its remoteness are the key to the region's diversity. But plans for more than two hundred dams in the Mekong Basin will cut off critical ecological flows that allow local communities to thrive. Further, an economic development model imported from the West and China will transform this part of the world from a unique patchwork of humanity to a widely connected, globalized space. Brian Eyler, Director of the Stimson Center's Southeast Asia program, will discuss the mightiness of the Mekong, examine cultural and ecological threats posed by unsustainable economic development practices and climate change, and discuss how communities and downstream government are building resilience to cope with future crises. He will also discuss his own policy work which promotes alternative and more sustainable development pathways to the business as usual development model in the Mekong. 

Brian Eyler is an expert on transboundary issues in the Mekong region and specializes in China's economic cooperation with Southeast Asia. He has spent more than 15 years living and working in China and over the last decade has conducted extensive research and engagement with stakeholders and policy makers in the Mekong region. Before coming to the Stimson Center, he served as the Director of the IES Kunming Center at Yunnan University and as a consultant to the UNDP Lancang-Mekong Economic Cooperation program in Kunming, Yunnan province. He holds a MA from the University of California, San Diego and a BA from Bucknell University. Brian is the co-founder of the influential website EastBySoutheast.com. His first book, The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong will be published by Zed Books in February 2019.

Find more information here.

Hosted by Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University.

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Toilets and Cities: From NYC to Phnom Penh
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Toilets and Cities: From NYC to Phnom Penh

  • 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY United States (map)
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Spend your World Toilet Day listening to professionals in the sanitation space talk about urban toilets from both a domestic and international lens. You will have the opportunity to sit down with sanitation experts and discuss their work and outlook on urban sanitation - from access and human rights to urban planning and finance. Speakers will come from city government, international NGOs, academia, and multilateral agencies. 

Similar to speed dating, you will have the opportunity to change tables every 10-15 minutes, allowing you to speak personally to multiple panelists and gain a deeper understanding of the global sanitation challenges in urban settings.

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Hosted by NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association, NYU Stern's Social Impact and Sustainability Association, and FLUSH LLC.

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The Asia Summits and the U.S. Midterm Elections
Nov
7
8:30 AM08:30

The Asia Summits and the U.S. Midterm Elections

Join Asia Society as Ambassador Kristie Kenney, one of America’s most highly decorated public servants, shares her insights on the state of U.S. relations with Asia ahead of a series of important annual summits taking place in November — the ASEAN and East Asia Summit in Singapore, and the APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea. She will discuss the implications of President Trump’s planned absence from the upcoming meetings for U.S. standing in the region with Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President and former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. Topics will range from the ongoing U.S.-China trade disputes to developments on the Korean peninsula, and the impact, if any, of the November midterm elections on U.S. policy towards the Indo-Pacific region.

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Hosted by Asia Society.

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Indian Ocean Blues with Divya Victor and Meena Alexander
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Indian Ocean Blues with Divya Victor and Meena Alexander

  • 112 W 27th St Suite 600 New York, NY 10001 (map)
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Join us for a reading that pushes the boundary of home and questions symptoms of belonging through meditations on kin, violence, and rupture. We’ll hear from Meena Alexander, whose new collection of poetry revisits her crossings of the Indian Ocean since the age of five and personal geographies in Sudan, England, India, and the US. The poet Divya Victor will read from Kith, her visual and instructional book of stolen and insurgent history that asks us to re-order the question of belonging in the Indian and Southeast Asian diasporas.

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Hosted by Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

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New Realities for Southeast Asia: Perspectives From Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

New Realities for Southeast Asia: Perspectives From Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan

For the last half century, Southeast Asia has witnessed dramatic growth on the back of rapid industrialization and free trade flows in a multilateral system largely underwritten by the U.S. and its partners. As the world transitions to a multipolar world in the midst of a global digital revolution, Southeast Asia will confront new political and economic realities.

Asia Society is delighted to host His Excellency Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs and minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, for an address and discussion, as he shares his perspective on these developments with the Hon. Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

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ASEAN at the Crossroads of the Indo-Pacific
Sep
24
4:00 PM16:00

ASEAN at the Crossroads of the Indo-Pacific

  • Columbia University International Affairs Building Rm. 918 (map)
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Please join the Southeast Asia Student Initiative (SEASI) and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) in welcoming Dr. Suriya Chindawongse to Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.Dr. Suriya Chindawongse is the Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. In "ASEAN at the Crossroads of the Indo-Pacific", Dr. Chindawongse will give a brief lecture, followed by a discussion and Q&A, on the current challenges facing the ASEAN community and what may be in store for the future. This event is free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by Southeast Asian Students Initiative at Columbia University and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

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The Trump Administration and Southeast Asia: Strategic Implications and Southeast Asian Responses
Apr
12
12:00 PM12:00

The Trump Administration and Southeast Asia: Strategic Implications and Southeast Asian Responses

  • Columbia University Faculty House (map)
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The Trump Administration and Southeast Asia: Strategic Implications & Southeast Asian Responses

Speakers include:

  • Daniel Russel, Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow, The Asia Society; Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

  • Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

  • Takakao Hikotani, Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Columbia University

  • Kitti Prasirtsuk, Vice Rector for International Affairs, Thammasat University

  • Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Associate Professor, National University of Malaysia

  • Murray Hiebert, Senior Associate, Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Donald Weatherbee, Donald F. Russell Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina

  • Aileen Baviera, Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman

 Event Details

  • Registration will begin at 9:00 am.

  • Please arrive early as seating will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Registration does not guarantee admission.

  • Your presence at this event indicates your willingness to appear in any photos as produced by Columbia. If this is an issue, please let us know. Thank you.

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Hosted by NYSEAN and Weatherhead East Asia Institute.

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The State of Democracy in Southeast Asian States: Why It Matters, Why We Should Care, and What We Should Do
Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

The State of Democracy in Southeast Asian States: Why It Matters, Why We Should Care, and What We Should Do

Dr. Christopher Ankersen is Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Global Affairs he teaches in the Transnational Security concentration. Prior to joining NYU, Christopher was the Security Advisor for the United Nations system in Thailand. Previously, he held positions at the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the UN Offices in Geneva and Vienna; and with the Department of Safety and Security in New York, where he was Desk Officer for Iraq in 2005 and 2006.

From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Ankersen was Ralf Dahrendorf Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at the LSE, the London Centre for International Relations, King’s College London, Carleton University, and the Royal Military College of Canadaand lectured at staff colleges in Canada, Australia, and Denmark. From 2000 to 2005, he acted as a strategy consultant to militaries, governments and private firms in the UK and Canada. From 1988 to 2000, Dr. Ankersen was an officer in the Canadian Forces, serving in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, including on overseas missions with the UN and NATO.

He has produced a number of publications on international relations and strategic studies, including The Politics of Civil-Military Cooperation and two edited volumes: Understanding Global Terror and Civil-Military Cooperation in Post-Conflict Operations.

Dr. Ankersen is a member of the Regional Consultative Group for Asia and the Pacific on Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief and Senior Research Fellow at the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Thailand.

His current research interests include civil military relations, strategic studies and international security. He is particularly interested in the geopolitics and transnational security issues of Southeast Asia.

Christopher Ankersen holds a BA (Hons) in International Politics and History from Royal Roads Military College (Canada) and an MSc and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Hosted by Network 20/20.

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Mediating Islam: Journalism in Southeast Asia
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Mediating Islam: Journalism in Southeast Asia

Janet Steele (George Washington University) will speak on her newest book, Mediating Islam. In Mediating Islam, "Janet Steele examines day-to-day reporting practices of Muslim professionals, from conservative scripturalists to pluralist cosmopolitans, at five exemplary news organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia."

More information on her book here.

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Hosted by NYSEAN.


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NYSEAN at AAS 2018
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

NYSEAN at AAS 2018

The New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) invites everyone to attend our meeting on Friday, March 23rd at 7:30 in Park Tower 8226.  We are excited to announce that a new three- year grant from the Luce Foundation enables us to launch a new set of activities and initiatives.  Come and discuss ways to collaborate.

Hosted by NYSEAN.

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