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October 2021

  • Tuesday, October 19th CHINA Town Hall: Canada-China: Where to Next?

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    Tuesday, October 19, 20218:00PM - 9:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Series

    East Asian Seminar Series

    Description

    The Meng saga is finally over. The two Michaels have returned. What’s next for Canada-US-China relations? In partnership with the National Committee on U.S.- China Relations join us for an all-Canada Town Hall meeting to discuss this timely topic. Immediately following the featured speaker, Fareed Zakaria, China expert Paul Evans, business leader Sarah Kutulakos, and the Honourable Yuen Pau Woo will lead a virtual Q&A Town Hall moderated by Diana Fu.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The event featuring Fareed Zakaria (CNN host and best-selling author) will take place 7-8pm EDT (before the Town Hall event) and requires a separate registration here: https://www.ncuscr.org/event/CTH-2021-fareed-zakaria


    Speakers

    Paul Evans
    Panelist
    Professor and the HSBC Chair in Asian Research in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia

    Sarah Kutulakos
    Panelist
    Executive Director, Canada China Business Council

    The Honourable Yuen Pau Woo
    Panelist
    Senator, British Columbia

    Diana Fu
    Moderator
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy; Director of the East Asian Seminar Series at the Asian Institute; Brookings Non-Resident Fellow


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    East Asian Seminar Series at the Asian Institute


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  • Thursday, October 21st Towards a Global and Bottom-Up History of the South China Sea Islands Dispute

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    Thursday, October 21, 20213:30PM - 5:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Series

    Global Taiwan Lecture Series

    Description

    Both Taiwan and mainland China today claim numerous contested features in the South China Sea as “inherent” Chinese territory “since ancient times” — the Pratas, Paracel, and Spratly Islands, Macclesfield Bank, and Scarborough Shoal. This portrays a static and monolithic Chinese state as having ‘always’ territorially minded or largely neglected the islands, and as having neatly disseminated national narratives of the islands onto its populace. Likewise, non-government peoples who historically interacted with the islands, such as fishers, merchants, and community organizations, are commonly subsumed under the nation-state as markers or demonstrators of national sovereignty claims.

    In this talk, Chris P. C. Chung discusses the contours of a global and bottom-up approach that decenters the dispute’s origins from the nation-state. He examines predominantly top-down government archival files on the islands from the bottom-up; traces the global historical connections and developments that vitally fuelled the modern formation of China’s island claims in the early 20th century; and dissects the central roles that non-government peoples with widely diverging interests and worldviews played in Chinese maritime discourse production. This decentering approach yields a more critical and comprehensive history of maritime claims-making — and of national identity formation — in Taiwan and mainland China.

    Speaker’s Biography

    Chris P.C. Chung is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Toronto. Using the South China Sea islands dispute as a case study, Chung’s research investigates how the global flow of ideas and activities of everyday people vitally informed Chinese state conceptions of space and sovereignty in the maritime frontier since the late 18th century. His recently submitted doctoral dissertation, Fluid Realms: Chinese Visions of Maritime Space in the South China Sea Islands, has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It explores the pivotal roles that non-government actors across the globe played in Qing and Republican Chinese claims-making over the Pratas, Paracel, and Spratly Islands, such as fishers, merchants, and community organizations. It extensively draws from largely unused Qing and Republican archival files that directly detailed official Chinese deliberations on the islands issue and the maritime frontier more generally.


    Speakers

    Chris P.C. Chung
    Speaker
    Doctoral candidate in History, University of Toronto

    Li Chen
    Discussant
    Associate Professor of History, Global Asia Studies, Law, and Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

    Sida Liu
    Moderator
    Acting Director of the Global Taiwan Studies Program, Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Global Taiwan Studies Program


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  • Friday, October 22nd Poetic Visions: Focus on Le Bao

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    Friday, October 22, 20218:00AM - 9:30AMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    ‘Poetic Visions: Focus on Le Bao’ is an online film webinar highlighting the earlier works of Vietnamese filmmaker Le Bao’s short films, ‘Coal’ and ‘Scent.’ Join us as the dialogue uncovers Le Bao’s interest and ideals pertaining to cinema, the gritty realities and emotional nuances of his films.
    The webinar will be in conversation with Le Bao and Thy Phu, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, with English – Vietnamese interpretation. The session will be moderated by Leong Puiyee, Senior Manager and film programmer at Objectifs.

    ABOUT THE FILMS:

    ‘Coal’
    Confined in a small space, a father struggles with his drug addiction while his son tries hard to take care of him. Feeling distressed, the son decides to sell their pigs to earn some money in order to send his father to rehab. However the father tries to hinder the son and the pigs start to escape.

    ‘Scent’
    Two homeless and pregnant girls adrift in life and in a canal, meet. When one disappears, what’s left is the memory of the emotional ties they have formed, and the brief scent of the other.

    The event is co-hosted by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota and Objectifs and supported by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto.

    Le Bao’s films will be made available to watch for free on the Objectifs Film Library from OCT 4 to OCT 24, 11:59pm. You will receive the screening links upon registration.

    PLEASE NOTE: This event does not include a live screening of the two short films; attendees are encouraged to watch them prior to the webinar.

    ‘Taste,’ Le Bao’s first feature will be screening at the Asian Film Archive from October 23 – November 5, 2021. For more details, visit https://www.asianfilmarchive.org/


    Speakers

    Le Bao
    Speaker
    Filmmaker

    Thy Phu
    Speaker
    Professor of Media Studies, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, University of Toronto, Scarborough

    Leong Puiyee
    Moderator
    Senior Manager and film programmer at Objectifs


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

    Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota

    Objectifs


    If you are attending a Munk School event and require accommodation(s), please email the event contact listed above to make appropriate arrangements.

    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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  • Friday, October 22nd Book Launch: The Power of Populism and People

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    Friday, October 22, 202111:00AM - 12:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Series

    East Asian Seminar Series

    Description

    Is civil resistance dead? The recent advance in authoritarian rule in countries around the globe has been met by a rise in popular mobilization. In nation states, strongmen have mobilized masses to form their base of power, while on the streets civil courage has led to the rise of protests against tyranny. Four authors of a new book, Power of Populism and People, examine the power relationship between peoples and their rulers –how regimes co-opt people power and the success and failures of popular, collective opposition.

    NOTE: The panel discussion is based on a new book The Power of Populism and People: Resistance and Protest in the Modern World (Bloomsbury, 2021). Learn more about the book and purchase your copy here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/power-of-populism-and-people-9781350201996/

    GRZEGORZ EKIERT is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government at Harvard University, Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. His research and teaching interests focus on comparative politics, regime change and democratization, civil society and social movements and East European politics and societies.

    FEDERICO FINCHELSTEIN is Professor of History at the New School for Social Research. Professor Finchelstein is the author of seven books on fascism, populism, Dirty Wars, the Holocaust and Jewish history in Latin America and Europe.

    DIANA FU is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the East Asian Seminar Series at the Asian Institute, Munk School. She is author of the award-winning book Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China (Cambridge, 2018). She studies contentious politics, authoritarian citizenship, and civil society with a focus on contemporary China.

    ADAM ROBERTS is Senior Research Fellow in International Relations at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College. He was President of the British Academy (the UK national academy for the humanities and social sciences), 2009–13. His books include the jointly edited work Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present, Oxford University Press, 2009.

    NATHAN STOLTZFUS (moderator) is a historian of modern Germany and the Rintels Professor of Holocaust Studies at Florida State University. He has published numerous articles and books with a focus on political violence and mass mobilization.


    Speakers

    Grzegorz Ekiert
    Panelist
    Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government at Harvard University, Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

    Federico Finchelstein
    Panelist
    Professor of History at the New School for Social Research

    Diana Fu
    Panelist
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy; Director of the East Asian Seminar Series at the Asian Institute, Munk School, University of Toronto

    Adam Roberts
    Panelist
    Senior Research Fellow in International Relations at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford

    Nathan Stoltzfus
    Moderator
    Historian of modern Germany and the Rintels Professor of Holocaust Studies at Florida State University


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    East Asian Seminar Series at the Asian Institute

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Florida State University


    If you are attending a Munk School event and require accommodation(s), please email the event contact listed above to make appropriate arrangements.

    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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  • Tuesday, October 26th Tea Circle in the Wake of Myanmar’s Coup: Supporting Public Scholarship and Building Intellectual Networks

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    Tuesday, October 26, 20212:00PM - 3:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Series

    Notable U of T Faculty

    Description

    Tea Circle is a Burma/Myanmar blog founded in 2015 and housed at the Asian Institute since 2018. Following the military coup in Myanmar in February 2021, the Tea Circle editorial team—with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada—expanded its activities to respond to the new circumstances of the coup, with increased security protocols, a new mentoring and networking initiative, and a new commitment to publishing in Burmese as well as English. Members of Tea Circle’s team from U of T and elsewhere will reflect on the challenges of working with authors amidst the heightened threat of the coup and the role of public scholarship initiatives like this in forming and nurturing robust intellectual communities across borders.


    Speakers

    Matthew J. Walton
    Panelist
    University of Toronto

    Siew Han Yeo
    Panelist
    University of Toronto

    Htet Thiha Zaw
    Panelist
    University of Michigan

    Jasnea Sarma
    Panelist
    University of Zurich

    Elizabeth Rhoads
    Panelist
    Lund University

    Takashi Fujitani
    Moderator
    University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies


    If you are attending a Munk School event and require accommodation(s), please email the event contact listed above to make appropriate arrangements.

    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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