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March 2020

*CANCELLED* Mimetic Entanglements: Towards a historical anthropology of Lao-Vietnamese borderlands

March 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dey Hall, Toy Lounge (Fourth Floor) Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience but this event has been cancelled to adhere to UNC's policies regarding COVID-19. The rugged Lao-Vietnamese borderlands have long been a zone of refuge and encounter, of conflict and exchange. This is particularly true for the early years of French colonial expansion, when local powerbrokers from diverse ethnic groups assessed, negotiated or resisted this new power. Scrutinizing the multiethnic upland polity of Houaphan, today a province of Laos sharing a long border with Vietnam,…

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*CANCELLED* Crossing the Boundaries: A Talk with Xia Jia on Chinese Science Fiction

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
New West, Room 219 Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience but this event has been cancelled to adhere to UNC’s policies regarding COVID-19.   Please join us for a presentation by Chinese Science Fiction Writer Xia Jia 夏笳, penname of Prof. Yao Wang 王瑶, about her experiences as a scholar and author of science fiction. Prof Wang is an Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Riverside from 2018-2019. She is a seven-time winner of the…

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*CANCELLED* Sustainability at Stake: Sherpas and Science in the Mount Everest Region of Nepal

March 25 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3024, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience but this event has been cancelled to adhere to UNC's policies regarding COVID-19. The Sherpas and the Mount Everest region of Nepal have been extensively and systematically studied for decades for the advancement of Western science, namely in the fields of anthropology, genetics, geography, glaciology, and physiology. Recent institutional scientific reports (Wester et al. 2019) have claimed that even in the best-case scenario, one-third of the Himalayan glaciers could be gone by 2100 and…

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*CANCELLED* North Korea Exposed

March 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience but this event has been cancelled to adhere to UNC’s policies regarding COVID-19.   In collaboration with the Carolina Public Humanities and the Department of Asian Studies: Friday, March 27, 5:30 pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center Jeremy Hunter, investigative photo-journalist, writer, broadcaster, and winner of three UNESCO awards, will report on the current state of North Korea. This event is free and open to the public. Parking will be free…

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*CANCELLED* Korea’s Global Reach

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 8:10 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience but this event has been cancelled to adhere to UNC's policies regarding COVID-19. To honor the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, the Carolina Asia Center is proud to present a collaborative event with the Council of Korean Americans on Saturday, March 28th from 4:00PM-8:10PM. The event will kick off with our keynote speaker Scott A. Snyder, a senior fellow for Korean studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council…

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“Yellow Peril” and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NC United States

This event has officially been rescheduled! Please join us Tuesday, March 31 at 5 pm for an online panel discussion with Dr. Heidi Kim, Barb Lee, and moderator Sophie To. You can join in one of two ways: -Register for the Zoom meeting at go.unc.edu/prejudiceCOVID19. Then, use the link on the next page or confirmation email to join the event on Tuesday. Note: Only those who join through Zoom will be able to ask questions and interact with panelists during…

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April 2020

*CANCELLED* Precarious Work in Asia: Global Capitalism, Politics and Changing Employment relations in Japan, South Korea and Indonesia

April 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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*CANCELLED* Talk by Brian Farrell

April 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515 United States
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We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience but this event has been cancelled to adhere to UNC’s policies regarding COVID-19.     Brian Farrell is a professor of military history in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. His main areas of research interest are the military history of the British Empire, especially in the 20th century; the modern history of empires and imperialism, especially in Asia; the history of Western military power in Asia; and problems related to…

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*CANCELLED* Ho Chi Minh’s cult of personality in Vietnamese statehood (1945-2020)

April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience but this event has been cancelled to adhere to UNC’s policies regarding COVID-19.   “What can I do? The people need a god,” said Joseph Stalin as he was endeavoring to wipe out religious traditions in the Soviet Union. As occurred in many other countries where communist parties came to power, the Vietnamese communists dismissed preexisting deities when they established their rule, for these did not correspond to their ideology and policy goals. The first…

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May 2020

Rumor, Chinese Diets, and Covid-19: Questions and Answers about Chinese Food and Eating Habits

May 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
go.unc.edu/covid19panel NC United States

A Live, Online Panel sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the UNC Department of History. Please register: go.unc.edu/covid19panel Discussants: Michelle King, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dept. of History Wendy Jia-Chen Fu, Assistant Professor, Emory University, Dept. of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Miranda Brown, Professor, University of Michigan, Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures Moderator: Donald Santacaterina, doctoral candidate, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dept. of History The current pandemic has brought fresh attention—much…

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