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February 2020

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

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

“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 president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, became the center of a new political religion that…

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Transpacific Archives and Public Memory: Histories of Japanese American Wartime Incarceration

February 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This talk reflects on the Out of the Desert project (http://outofthedesert.yale.edu). Out of the Desert interprets World War II Japanese American internment history for a broad public audience (http://outofthedesert.yale.edu). Supported by a US National Park Service Japanese American Confinements Sites grant, the Out of the Desert digital project is an outgrowth of a multi-year, collaborative effort to present this history to a public audience. What are the stakes and challenges to interpreting histories of incarceration via digital methods? What are some of the ethical and methodological…

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March 2020

Film and Workshop: Lost World and A River Changes Course

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Directed by Kalyanee Mam, an award-winning, Cambodian-born filmmaker whose work focuses on the concepts of home, displacement and belonging. Her films and lived experience as a refugee from the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia shed light on themes of environmental destruction (and justice) and the intangible culture that is lost (and sometimes rediscovered or reestablished) in the lives of displaced peoples. This event is part of UNC's Countering Hate series.

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

March 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Freedom Forum, Carrol Hall, 211 S. Columbia St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Since December 2019 when the coronavirus outbreak began spreading from Wuhan, China,  anti-Asian prejudice has become painfully obvious since the “Yellow Peril” discourse in the 19th century. The news and social media are bursting with cruel jokes about Asians;  what they eat, being agents of the  contagion and what to do if an Asian come into your presence. These stereotypes are offensive, hurtful and contribute to institutionalized racism against this community. This panel will discuss recent episodes of anti-Asian prejudice in a long-term…

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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

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, this presentation investigates local encounters and interactions across cultural difference, as well as corresponding mimetic entanglements. The concept of…

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

March 25 @ 3:10 pm - 5:15 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3024, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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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 if the current emission trends continue, two-thirds of the glaciers could be gone by the end of this century.…

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Talk by Brenda Yeoh

March 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, Department of Geography, as well as Director, Humanities and Social Science Research Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology), National University of Singapore (NUS).  She is also the Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities, and she also has considerable experience working on a wide range of migration research in Asia, including…

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April 2020

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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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 collective security and coalition warfare. He teaches courses in all aspects of modern miltary history, the history of empires and…

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