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11/14/18 Xi Jinping’s Foreign Policy Vision—Powerful Image versus Restricted Reality

A book launch discussion with Professor Robert Sutter about his latest publication, Foreign Relations of the PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of China International Politics since 1949, Second Edition.

Topics: Chinese foreign policy, East Asia, Cold War history

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11/16/18 The US-China Trade Dispute: Through the Lens of Asia's Economy

The Organization of Asian Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies invite you to a discussion about the US-China trade dispute in the context of the greater Asian economy.


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11/19/18 Film Screening & Discussion: Lesbian Factory and Rainbow Popcorn

A film screening and discussion of Lesbian Factory and Rainbow Popcorn with the directors Jingru Wu and Teri Silvio

Topics: Migrant Labor Rights, LGBTQ Relationships, Southeast Asia

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11/27/2018 Taiwanese Citizens’ Preferences on the Future of the Country

A discussion with Mr. Fang Yu Chen to discuss how Taiwanese citizens view the future of their country and to explore the various propositions which the Taiwanese government can work towards.

Topics: Taiwan, U.S.-China Relations, Southeast Asia

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12/2/2018: LA Indonesian Film Festival (LAIFF): Sultan Agung Movie Screening

LAIFF and Permias DC will conduct a “Sultan Agung” movie screening and discussion with Hanung Bramantyo (the producer) and Marthino Lio (the actor). This movie is nominated as the best movie in the Festival Film Indonesia (FFI) 2018.

Topics: Movie Screening, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

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Recent Events

11/12/18 Mongolia's Position Between Two Global Powers, Russia and China

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies will host Ambassador Otgonbayar Yondon of Mongolia in a special public seminar on the topic of “Mongolia’s Position Between Two Global Powers, Russia and China” The discussion will be moderated by Professor Benjamin D. Hopkins, director of the Sigur Center.

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11/11/2018: Film Screening: The Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story

This event is part of the community outreach project of J.LIVE Talk 2018 presentation competition at the George Washington University. Doors will open at 2:50pm and close promptly at 3pm.

Topics: Japanese Culture, Film Screening, Comedy Movies

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11/11/2018: National College Level Japanese Language Presentation Contest: Communication in the Global Age in Japanese

The George Washington University will host the fourth annual J.LIVE (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) Talk contest on November 11, 2018. The competition is open to students enrolled in Japanese language courses in colleges and universities across the nation.

Topics: Japanese Language, East Asian Languages, Student Contests

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11/9/18, 11/10/18 26th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium: Emotion, Culture, and Subjectivity in Korea

The HMS Colloquium in the Korean Humanities Series at GW provides a forum for academic discussion of Korean arts, history, language, literature, thought and religious systems in the context of East Asia and the world. The colloquium series is made possible by an endowment established by the estate of Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993), one of Korea’s most honored writers, to uphold her spirit of openness, curiosity, and commitment to education.

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11/8/18 North Korea after the 2018 Panmunjeom, Singapore and Pyongyang Summits: New and Unchanged

Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) and the Sigur Center for Asia Studies invite you to a lecture by Dr. Sergei Kurbanov about North Korea following the 2018 Panmunjeom, Singapore, and Pyongyang summits. Lunch will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.

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11/7/2018 US Post-war Settlement with Japan: The Korean Perspective

A discussion with Dr. Woondo Choi – currently a Visiting Scholar with the Sigur Center – to discuss Korean strategic and historical perspectives regarding the US-Japan post-war settlement.

Topics: East Asia, Korean Foreign Policy, US-Japan Relations

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11/2/18 Economic Development in Africa under the Belt & Road Initiative

A public discussion about the topic of China’s BRI and economic development in Africa with H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States, Dr. David H. Shinn, former Director for East African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Dr. Won Kidane, Professor of Law at Seattle Univeristy.

Topics: economic development, China-Africa relations, Belt & Road Initiative

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11/1/18 Possibilities for Peace in the Long Postwar: Evolving Directions for WWII Memory in China, Singapore, and Japan

A public discussion with Ms. Julia Lau – former lecturer at Georgetown University, The Catholic University of America, and McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. – to discuss her research into war memory in Southeast Asia and China.

Topics: WWII history and memory, reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia, China, Japan

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10/26/18: 11th Annual Conference on US-China Economic Relations and China's Economic Development

This is the 11th installment of IIEP’s annual conference on China’s Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic Relations at GWU.

Topics: US-China economic relations, trade, development

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10/25/18: Film Screening and Discussion: Mother, Daughter, Sister

A film screening and discussion of Amae, Thamee, Ama (Mother, Daughter, Sister). The film’s director, Jeanne Marie Hallacy, will be providing opening remarks.

Topics: Burma/Myanmar, ethnic minorities, women’s rights and security, film discussion

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10/25/18: Sigur Center Summer Language Fellow Roundtable

A roundtable discussion with the 2018 Sigur Center summer research fellows to talk about their research experiences in Asia!

Topics: study abroad, language study, Sigur Center support, Indonesia, Taiwan

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10/17/18: Book Launch: Mr. X and the Pacific

A book launch discussion with Professor Paul Heer about his latest publication, Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia.

Topics: American foreign policy, East Asia, Cold War history

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10/11/18: The Past in Asia’s Present: Rethinking Inner and East Asian International Relations

A discussion with Professor Michael van Walt van Praag about the topic, “The Past in Asia’s Present: Rethinking Inner and East Asian International Relations.”

Topics: international relations of East Asia, history, contemporary politics, multination states

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Sigur Center Highlights

11/13/18: C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal’’ Spoke to Professor Henry Nau

C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal’’ spoke to Henry Nau, professor of political science and international affairs, about balancing nationalism and globalism. Read the article here!

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10/30/18: “Education About Asia” Issue Mentions AAS Workshop Hosted by Sigur Center!

In their latest issue of Education About Asia, the Association for Asian Studies included an article stemming from its workshop held in March 2018 at the Elliott School of International Affairs and supported by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies! Read the article here!

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10/29/2018: Associate Director Deepa Ollapally Delivered Two Lectures at Pondicherry University’s Centre for Maritime Studies

During the week of October 29, 2018 Associate Director Deepa Ollapally delivered two lectures at Pondicherry University’s Centre for Maritime Studies, located on the Bay of Bengal. Focusing on the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean, Ollapally spoke on “India’s Predicament in the Indian Ocean Region: Too Little, Too Late?” This was followed by a lecture on “The QUAD in the Indo-Pacific: Explaining the Leadership Gap in the US, India, Japan, Australia Group.”

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10/29/18: Scholar Michael Yahuda in Panel Discussion on China-Japan Relations

Dr. Michael Yahuda, current non-resident scholar with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Professor Emeritus of International Relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science, participated in a panel discussion about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Beijing and the current status of China-Japan relations. Watch the discussion here!

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10/24/18: Yehna Bendul Shares Viewpoint on South China Sea Tensions

Sigur Center Research Assistant, Yehna Bendul, shares her viewpoint on South China Sea tensions. Read it here!

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10/23/18: Robert Sutter Quoted in The Associated Press

The Associated Press quoted Dr. Robert Sutter, professor of practice of international affairs, in the article “China-US ties sinking amid acrimony over trade, politics,’’ by Christopher Bodeen.

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10/22/18: Jisoo Kim Lectures on Korean History

Professor Jisoo Kim is set to give two lectures. On October 22, Professor Kim will give a lecture at the Foreign Service Institute entitled, “Historical Disputes in East Asia: Focusing on Korea.” On October 26, she will present a paper entitled, “The Practice of Forensic Medicine and Criminal Justice in Choson Korea” at a workshop on “Law and Religion in Asia” at Rutgers University.

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