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Broadside Reading Series: Joseph Legaspi & Pichchenda Bao
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Broadside Reading Series: Joseph Legaspi & Pichchenda Bao

This Fall, the Broadside Reading Series will feature six writers from various backgrounds and writing disciplines, collaborating with the Center’s Artists-in-Residence to create a collection of limited edition letterpress-printed broadsides. The collaboration explores the relationship of text, image, and design, incorporating the artists’ visual conveyance of the writers’ poetry and prose.

This evening's reading will feature Joseph Legaspi & Pichchenda Bao.

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Broadside Reading Series: Yanyi & Gina Apostol
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Broadside Reading Series: Yanyi & Gina Apostol

This fall, the Broadside Reading Series will feature six writers from various backgrounds and writing disciplines, collaborating with the Center’s Artists-in-Residence to create a collection of limited edition letterpress-printed broadsides. The collaboration explores the relationship of text, image, and design, incorporating the artists’ visual conveyance of the writers’ poetry and prose.

The Center will host a series of readings featuring these works throughout the Fall season. This evening’s reading will feature writers Yanyi & Gina Apostol.

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Short List Shorts Film Screening: The Nightcrawlers + Lost and Found
Nov
8
3:00 PM15:00

Short List Shorts Film Screening: The Nightcrawlers + Lost and Found

LOST AND FOUND: Kamal Hussein is a Rohingya refugee who has dedicated his life to reuniting children who have been separated from their parents during the campaign of ethnic cleansing and violence perpetrated by the Myanmar military, which has driven more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes.

THE NIGHTCRAWLERS: A revealing look at the terrible human cost of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, following a group of fearless photojournalists known as the Manila Nightcrawlers on their mission to expose the truth. 

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Religious and Cultural Drivers and Responses to Political Dynamics in Southeast Asia
Nov
8
8:30 AM08:30

Religious and Cultural Drivers and Responses to Political Dynamics in Southeast Asia

How and what role are religious communities and leaders playing in civic life in Southeast Asia today? Politics in Southeast Asia is in a dramatic state of flux. Populist and anti-democratic rule has taken hold in the Philippines, there is continued military rule in Thailand, louder and more forceful activism from conservative Muslim groups is taking place in Indonesia, and leaders are using Islam for political purposes, and we see victory for opposition parties in Malaysia. These are just some of the political dynamics in today's Southeast Asia.

Join us for a full day of presentations, a film screening of The Venerable W. Scholoars, and presentations by activists on their work addressing a range of topics and questions.

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For Whom are Southeast Asian Studies?
Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

For Whom are Southeast Asian Studies?

  • Physical Sciences Building, Cornell University, Room 120 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Which audiences, publics, and peoples do Southeast Asianists address and serve? The question of “audience(s)”—real and imagined, intended and unintended—is arguably central to (re)conceptualizing the rationale, scope, efficacy, and limits of Southeast Asian Studies. It has an important bearing on what kind of topics are chosen for study, what and how personal and institutional networks and intellectual exchanges are mobilized, which dialogues and collaborations are initiated, what language(s) one writes in, where one publishes or works, which arenas one intervenes in, and how the region is imagined and realized.

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ISG 2019 Lemkin Award and Lecture
Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

ISG 2019 Lemkin Award and Lecture

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Room 1008 (map)
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The biennial Lemkin Award honors Raphael Lemkin, the originator of the term "genocide" and exponent of the UN Genocide Convention. The award recognizes the best non-fiction work focusing on genocide, crimes against humanity and other gross human rights violations, and on strategies of prevention. This year's award recipient is Professor Geoffrey Robinson, Department of History at UCLA, for "The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66."

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Fake News Legislation in Southeast Asia and the Impact on Freedom of Expression
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Fake News Legislation in Southeast Asia and the Impact on Freedom of Expression

  • International Affairs Building, Columbia University Room 801 (map)
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Since 2017, individual governments in Southeast Asia have established task forces, convened select committee hearings and have proposed or passed legislation to combat “fake news”. In May 2018 ASEAN ministers responsible for information agreed in a joint statement to collaborate and exchange best practices to combat fake news and mitigate its effects. These developments have occurred on the back of increased internet penetration across Southeast Asia and the sharing of content over social media through mobile devices. 

Join us as Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and Columbia SIPA: Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy welcome Dr. James Gomez to discuss these efforts and their impact on freedom of expression, rule of law, and democracy in the region. 

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Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia
Oct
23
12:00 PM12:00

Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia

  • Luce Hall, Yale University, Room 203 (map)
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The Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University’s Brown Bag Seminar Series presents “Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia.”

Major studies of American foreign relations treat U.S. failures in Vietnam as the end of both a short-lived American empire and western imperialism in Southeast Asia. Wen-Qing Ngoei, assistant professor of History at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, argues that Vietnam was an exception to the region’s overall pro-U.S. trajectory after 1945, that British neocolonialism and Southeast Asian anticommunism melded with preexisting local antipathy toward China and the Chinese diaspora to usher the region from formal colonialism to U.S. hegemony.

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From the Crates to the Archives: Preserving Popular Music Recordings in Contemporary Southeast Asia
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

From the Crates to the Archives: Preserving Popular Music Recordings in Contemporary Southeast Asia

  • NYPL for the Performing Arts, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound (Third Floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a talk and listening session with Nate Hun (Cambodian Vintage Music Archive) and David Novak (University of California Santa Barbara) focused on rare vinyl, cassettes, and digital files from Southeast Asia. 

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Join Live: Union Activists Organizing and Fighting Repression in Asia
Oct
17
9:00 PM21:00

Join Live: Union Activists Organizing and Fighting Repression in Asia

The International Labor Rights Forum and Labor Notes are co-hosting a webinar, Snapshots of Organizing Across Asia, on how labor activists across Asia are building power in the face of multinational corporations. 

What are the opportunities and challenges for strengthening solidarity across the region? How can we organize in our own unions to build a movement that can tackle rising inequality across borders? How is state repression impacting how activists organize? These are some of the questions we hope to discuss with activists from Japan, Myanmar, and the Philippines. 

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NYAS Lecture: 21st Century Plantations and the Sustainability Fix
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

NYAS Lecture: 21st Century Plantations and the Sustainability Fix

  • Pratt Manhattan, Lecture Hall Room 213 (map)
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The New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Division is hosting the Distinguished Lecturer Series this year with a new theme, Sustainable Humanity: Social, Political, and Ecological Considerations.

The first lecture of the series, 21st Century Plantations and the Sustainability Fix, features Tania Murray Li. Drawing on ethnographic research on Indonesia’s massively expanding oil palm plantations, she explores the human dimension of 21st century plantation life and explains why sustainability standards cannot fix it.

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The Foley Artist Book Launch: a Reading & Pinoy Party
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Foley Artist Book Launch: a Reading & Pinoy Party

Join us for a raucous reading & celebration of Ricco Villanueva Siasoco’s debut collection of stories, The Foley Artist. Co-sponsored by Gaudy Boy and Kundiman.

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a writer, educator, and activist. He has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, Lambda Literary, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a board member of Kundiman, a national literary organization dedicated to Asian American literature. Ricco lives in Los Angeles and The Foley Artist is his first book.

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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

  • School of Journalism, Columbia University (map)
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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 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.

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The George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies Presents Bilahari Kausikan on How to Think About Southeast Asia
Sep
30
4:30 PM16:30

The George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies Presents Bilahari Kausikan on How to Think About Southeast Asia

  • Henry R. Luce Hall, 101 (Auditorium), Yale University (map)
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The George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies Presents Bilahari Kausikan
Bilahari Kausikan is currently the Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. He has spent his entire career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before retiring as Ambassador-at-Large in 2018. During his 37 years in the Ministry, he served in a variety of appointments at home and abroad, including as the Second Permanent Secretary and Permanent Secretary.

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The Global Asia Friday Colloquium
Sep
20
4:00 PM16:00

The Global Asia Friday Colloquium

The New York Center for Global Asia’s Fall 2019 Friday Colloquium Series is a venue for discussing Global Asia research in a wide range of disciplines. It is also a graduate course in History open to students in any discipline in the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium.

On September 20, the Colloquium will feature Phillip Bowring, a journalist, and Zoe Griffiths from Baruch CUNY.

Phillip Bowring is a journalist based in Asia since 1973 and previously in Sydney, Africa and London. He has variously been correspondent for the Financial Times, Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and independent columnist and consultant on regional political and economic issues. He has an MA in History  from Cambridge University where he is a Fellow Commoner of St. Catharine’s College.

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Beyond the Grass and the Elephants: Strategic Thinking in Southeast Asia
Sep
19
4:00 PM16:00

Beyond the Grass and the Elephants: Strategic Thinking in Southeast Asia

What is strategic thinking? Are the foreign policies of some Southeast Asian states more strategic than those of others? If so, in what way, and with what implications for US policy?

Donald K. Emmerson heads the Southeast Asia Program in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he is also a faculty affiliate of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

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Producing Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia: Methodological and Empirical Reflections
Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

Producing Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia: Methodological and Empirical Reflections

  • International Affairs Building, Room 918, Columbia University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Why has aggregate economic expansion in Southeast Asia so often been accompanied by individual and community decline? How do we explain the persistence of poverty in the context of growing wealth? These are old questions but they have not been adequately answered, let alone resolved; they remain pertinent and vital at national and individual levels. In this talk, Professor Rigg will bring together work from across Southeast Asia to argue that illuminating this puzzle requires that we go beyond explanations rooted in the political economy of inequality and instead pay attention, first, to academic questions of methodology and academic framing and, further, to empirical issues linked of trans-local relations and emergent articulations of deprivation. He does this by connecting land reclamation in Singapore with sand mining in coastal Cambodia, livestock-raising in peri-urban Hanoi with maize cultivation in upland Houaphan, isolation in Flores with integration in Luang Prabang, and vulnerable farming in Khon Kaen with precarious industrial work in Ayutthaya. Each of these pairings opens up a different view onto the issue of the co-production of wealth and poverty across the Southeast Asian region.

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Making Sense of Rural Asia: Three Puzzles, Two Problems and a Challenge
Sep
6
3:00 PM15:00

Making Sense of Rural Asia: Three Puzzles, Two Problems and a Challenge

In this talk, Johnathan Rigg from University of Bristol attempts to solve what he calls the "Three Puzzles, Two Problems and a Challenge” of rural Asia. He will bring together his recent research in Thailand and Vietnam and explain some of the challenges and problems by looking at rural living conditions, dis-intensification of farming, and the decrease in rural poverty in both countries, and the wider Asian region.

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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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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.

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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