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7/19/18: Bruce Dickson Quoted in Financial Times Article

Dr. Bruce Dickson was quoted in the Financial Times article “The Chinese Communist party entangles big tech,’’ by Louise Lucas. Dr. Dickson talked about the Chinese Communist party and its relations with the private sector. Click here to read what he...
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7/17/18: Benjamin D. Hopkins Participates in Borderlands Studies World Conference in Vienna and Budapest

Dr. Benjamin D. Hopkins, Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, participated in the Association for Borderlands Studies’ 2nd World Conference 2018, the world’s largest convention on borders and border-related issues. The organizing theme was...
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7/26/18: Taiwan Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Art Exhibition Opening Reception: Taiwan, A Beautiful Landscape Thursday, July 26, 2018 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM 2nd Floor, Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20052 This event is co-sponsored with the Global Taiwan Institute, the Sigur...
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7/14/18: David Shambaugh Quoted in South China Morning Post Article

Dr. David Shambaugh gave his opinions on China’s Confucius Institutes in an article for the South China Morning Post. In the article titled “Confucius Institutes: China’s benign outreach or something more sinister?” Dr. Shambaugh was quoted as...
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Summer 2018 Language Fellow – Exploring the Influence of Foreign Powers in Taiwan with Alex Bierman

18th century cannons on display outside the former British Consulate section of Fort San Domingo. The view of the Tamsui River from Fort San Domingo. For much of its existence, Taiwan has not had the opportunity to determine the direction of its own fate. While China...
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Recent Publications


Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II: Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific

Edited by: Daqing Yang and Mike Mochizuki. Forward by: Akira Iriye. Contributions by: Lily Gardner Feldman; Marc Gallicchio; Ricardo T. Jose; Christine Kim; Marlene Laruelle; Tze Loo; Mike Mochizuki; Robert Sutter; and Daqing Yang

Why do some governments and societies attach great significance to a particular anniversary year whereas others seem less inclined to do so? What motivates the orchestration of elaborate commemorative activities in some countries? What are they supposed to accomplish, for both domestic and international audience? In what ways do commemorations in Asia Pacific fit into the global memory culture of war commemoration? In what ways are these commemorations intertwined with current international politics?

This book presents the first large-scale analysis of how countries in the Asia Pacific and beyond commemorated the seventieth anniversaries of the end of World War II. Consisting of in-depth case studies of China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, United States, Russia, and Germany, this unique collective effort demonstrates how memories of the past as reflected in public commemorations and contemporary politics—both internal and international—profoundly affect each other. Click here to visit publisher’s website

Cosmopolitanism and Tourism
Rethinking Theory and Practice

Edited by Robert Shepherd – Afterword by Noel B. Salazar – Contributions by Adam Kaul; Ben Feinberg; Sarah E. Edwards; Rebecca L. Nelson; David Geary; Alex Jong-Seok Lee; Cherubim Quizon; Clare A. Sammells and Robert Shepherd

Within tourism studies, the cosmopolitan potentials of tourism have often been situated within a broader conversation about globalization, an approach that implies that cosmopolitanism is a predictable by-product of globalization and becoming more cosmopolitan should be the goal of travel. And yet a fundamental value of a cosmopolitan outlook—namely, to not only to be “at home in the world” but also to experience the world in an authentic sense—depends on the culturally embedded, parochial, and particular world views which it rejects. In Cosmopolitanism and Tourism: Rethinking Theory and Practice, contributors take this as a starting point. What does a “worldly” consciousness mean to people situated in different cultural landscapes and to what extent might these intersect with cosmopolitan values? How is cosmopolitanism marketed in tourism and tourist-related industries such as service learning and study abroad? And finally, what roles do social and economic class, educational background, gender, and other factors have in cosmopolitan claims? The contributors to this edited collection address these questions in a series of case studies that range from Guatemala, Bolivia, and Ireland to China, India, and Dubai. Click here to visit the publisher’s website

US-China Relations: Perilous Past, Uncertain Present, Third Edition

Robert G. Sutter

This comprehensive assessment of historical and contemporary determinants of Sino-American relations has been brought up to date with full treatment of rising tensions over salient differences since the ascendance of China’s dynamic leader Xi Jinping (2012– ). Incoming President Barack Obama (2009–2017) was pressured by China; he responded with his signature rebalance policy of greater US engagement throughout China’s periphery. Reacting negatively, Xi Jinping used coercive means and other initiatives to advance at the expense of the United States. Widespread American disappointment prompted calls for tougher actions, and now President Donald Trump’s absence of a coherent strategy has added to uncertainty looking forward. Click here to visit the publisher’s website

Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia

Edited by Mike M. Mochizuki, Deepa M. Ollapally

This book focuses on Asia, where global demand for energy is now concentrated in the aspiring and rising powers of the region: China, India, Japan and South Korea, and also recognises the importance of Russia as a growing energy supplier. Contributions by experts in the field provide detailed and parallel case studies. Shedding light on the ongoing debate in the literature regarding energy outlooks of major Asian states, they analyse whether energy policies are expected to evolve along market oriented cooperative lines or more competitive and even destructive mercantile, nationalist lines. The book argues that states are not unitary actors even in the key energy security arena and there are competing and contrasting viewpoints in Asian states on energy security. It suggests that domestic debates structure thinking on energy security, making energy policy more contingent than assumed by purely market or geopolitical logics. Click here to visit the publisher’s website

Cave of the Immortals: The Poetry and Prose of Bamboo Painter Wen Tong (1019–1079)

Jonathan Chaves

Wen Tong (1019–1079) is considered the supreme master of bamboo painting in the history of Chinese art. According to his friend and admirer, Su Shi (Dongpo), the greatest poet of the Song Dynasty (960–1279), “When Wen Tong painted bamboo, he himself became bamboo!”

Wen was a poet as well, and perhaps because of his fame as a painter, his poetry has remained virtually unknown for centuries. This book is the first in any Western language to present translations of selected poems by Wen, over three hundred of them, as well as examples of his prose writings, which are also fascinating. A particular revelation is Wen’s unusual degree of interest in what might be called the Folk Religion of China, for example, ceremonies of supplication to various gods, especially Dragon deities, to send rain in time of drought.

Wen’s poems and prose pieces also bring to light aspects of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism that are of great importance in Chinese civilization, but rarely addressed in the literature of the Chinese poets as they involve devotional practices held in suspicion by many of the literati, but seen by Wen Tong in a positive light. Click here to visit the publisher’s website

Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War

Gregg A. Brazinsky

Winning the Third World examines afresh the intense and enduring rivalry between the United States and China during the Cold War. Gregg A. Brazinsky shows how both nations fought vigorously to establish their influence in newly independent African and Asian countries. By playing a leadership role in Asia and Africa, China hoped to regain its status in world affairs, but Americans feared that China’s history as a nonwhite, anticolonial nation would make it an even more dangerous threat in the postcolonial world than the Soviet Union. Drawing on a broad array of new archival materials from China and the United States, Brazinsky demonstrates that disrupting China’s efforts to elevate its stature became an important motive behind Washington’s use of both hard and soft power in the “Global South.”
Presenting a detailed narrative of the diplomatic, economic, and cultural competition between Beijing and Washington, Brazinsky offers an important new window for understanding the impact of the Cold War on the Third World. With China’s growing involvement in Asia and Africa in the twenty-first century, this impressive new work of international history has an undeniable relevance to contemporary world affairs and policy making. Click here to visit the publisher’s website

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