Asia and the Global South

Asia and the Global South

JEASC Annual Conference & Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop

Thursday, February 14, 2013
12:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Social Sciences Building (SOS) B40, USC

The UCLA Asia Institute and the USC East Asian Studies Center are proud to host the third annual Joint East Asian Studies Center (JEASC) conference and graduate professional development workshop entitled "Asia and the Global South." The goal of this colloquium is to help graduate students and faculty comment on each other’s work as a kind of professional engagement and development intended to bring people from different disciplines together. This year's topic is designed to cover the myriad of ways in which Asian states, firms, groups and individuals are engaging governments, societies, economies, and cultures in world regions other than Europe and North America. From Chinese peacekeepers and business interests in Africa to Japanese ODA and Korean trade relations with Latin America, a host of important issues are beginning to be examined by social scientists and humanists.

Click here to RSVP by Friday, February 8, 2013.


12:00-1:30pm: Keynote/Lunch

Juan Felipe Lopez Aymes (Professor of Asian and African Studies, Colegio de Mexico), "Is Latin America Strategic for Asian Powers?"

1:30-3:30pm: Panel I: Culture and Society

Moderator: R. Bin Wong (Professor of History, Director of Asia Institute, UCLA)

> Duncan Yoon (PhD Student, UCLA Comparative Literature), "Cultural Roots of the Global South: The Afro-Asian Writers Bureau (1958-1963)"
> Géraldine Fiss (Postdoc, USC East Asian Languages and Cultures), "Mo Yan and Márquez: A Resonance of Form, Technique and Aesthetic Purpose"
> Anita Wheeler (Postdoc, UCLA African Studies), "The Confucius Institutes and the Future of Chinese Language in Africa"
> Gabriel Chapunov (PhD Student, University of La Plata), "The Role of Argentina in an Asian-centered world dynamic"

Discussants: Cynthia Wang (PhD Student, USC Communications); Tom Narins (PhD Student, UCLA Geography)

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-5:45: Panel II: Economics and Politics

Moderator: Dave Kang (Professor of International Relations and Business, Director of East Asian Studies Center, USC)

> Xiangfeng Yang (PhD Candidate, USC Political Science and International Relaions), "The China Model away from Home: Testing the Myth of Beijing’s Export of Authoritarianism"
> Gustavo De L.T. Oliveira (PhD Student, UC Berkeley Geography), "Brazil-China Agroindustrial Partnerships"
> Pablo Gavirati (PhD Student, University of Buenos Aires), "East Asia and Latin America from the perspective of the Political Ecology: diplomatic discourses, international policies and economic interests around Climate Change"
> Carol Wise (Associate Professor, USC International Relations), "China-Latin American trade relations"

Discussants: Saori Katada (Associate Professor of International Relations, USC); R. Bin Wong (UCLA)


The conference podcast is now available.

Sponsor(s): Asia Pacific Center, USC East Asian Studies Center