Rising protectionism and economic nationalism have not held Asia back from pursing a more free and open markets. The signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on March 8th this year by trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries, represented a major step in bringing trade tariffs between member countries down and strengthening trade among countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
CPTTP member and non-members states, like Singapore and South Korea, are now adjusting their strategic approaches to trade agreements. Both these non-member state countries are now considering becoming associate members of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru). What is the impact of CPTPP on the trade strategies of Asian and Latin American countries? How do the open and dynamic Asian markets fit within the Pacific Alliance? What benefits will both sides receive from a closer relationship? What does this mean for the United States going forward?
Keynote Address by Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University.
Co-Organisers: Zehra Jumabhoy & Tan Boon Hui, Asia Society Museum, New York Vishakha Desai & Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, New York
At Midnight on the 15th of August 1947, the Subcontinent declared its freedom from British rule. India was born. Out of this period of socio-political upheaval, arose a new art for the new nation. The Progressive Artists’ Group (P.A.G) was seminal to this moment of aesthetic ferment. Founded in Bombay, in the immediate aftermath of Independence, the P.A.G aspired to give Indian modernity a secular visual form. Scheduled to accompany the Asia Society Museum’s exhibition, The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India, which focuses on the P.A.G, the conference will have a wider remit. Beginning with a discussion of the artists in the show, it will go on to explore the idea of the “progressive” in visual culture, science and industry in early independent India. What was the progressive, modern nation’s relationship with tradition? Are ‘the modern’ and ‘progressive’ interchangeable terms? Where does secularism stand in the exchange between the two? The symposium will also trace the P.AG’s continuing relevance within the socio-political landscape of India today.
An inter-disciplinary collaboration between the Asia Society and Columbia University, this event will include artists, curators, historians, sociologists and cultural theorists.
Explore the connection between mind, body, and spirit through Licao Shu Wellness Calligraphy and Yoga. Exclusively at Asia Society for eight weeks, world-renowned Master ZHOU Bin will take you on a journey that integrates yoga and meditation with the power of the written script “Licao Shu calligraphy”.
Artfully designed by Master ZHOU Bin, you will participate in this interactive, mindfulness workshop that lowers stress, promotes healing, and enhances your spiritual connection.
During each workshop, Master ZHOU Bin will focus on a core Chinese element centered on mindfulness and Eastern philosophy. You will gain a deeper understanding of each element, how they connect with wellness and mediation, and physically express these elements through the power of the written word in Licao Shu calligraphy and the power of physical expression in yoga.
Through the practice of ancient Chinese calligraphy, students will physically express these elements through brush, ink, and paper. They will then embody the meaning of each element through guided meditation. Finally, students will physically express these Chinese character elements through yoga poses that connect the power of the written “form” and “spirit” through the body.
Through the integration of these three elements, you will gain a deeper spiritual connection between your mind, physical body, and your environment. You will unlock ancient “secrets” to wellness and mediation that are steeped in ancient Eastern traditions; thus, aiding you in an effective form of healing and alignment of positive energy for the body and mind.
Beginning in the 1930’s, Indian dancers used their deep affinity for traditional forms as a springboard to push the boundaries of Indian dance, creating new forms to embrace the ideas of an emerging at the time of Partition. The spirit of innovation—even subversion—within tradition remains alive today, as a vital diaspora Indian dance community actively explores new creative territory. Dancers/choreographers Hari Krishnan, Parul Shah and Kuldeep Singh present excerpts from recent works which build on the traditional dance forms of Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kathak. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion looking at new directions being taken by contemporary Indian dancer working in North America.
Co-curated with Rajika Puri
Over the past roughy six months, major international newspapers, scholars, and advocacy organizations have documented a campaign by China’s government to “transform” local ethnic Muslim populations in the far western region of Xinjiang. The campaign, which builds off of long-standing policies of policing and control of the local Uighur population, has escalated dramatically to now include surveillance of unprecedented scope and scale, a program of forced home visits for millions of the region’s Muslim residents, the almost complete prohibition of Islamic religious practice and Uighur cultural activity, as well as the incarceration of up to a million people in prison camps.
What is the latest reporting on the subject? Why is the campaign happening? How do Chinese officials explain these policies and what they seek to accomplish? And what is the international community doing in response—especially as it becomes increasingly clear that Beijing’s pressure tactics and threats don’t stop at China’s borders, but are levied against foreign citizens living in other countries?
ChinaFile’s Jessica Batke will moderate a discussion with journalist Gulchehra Hoja of Radio Free Asia and historian Rian Thum of Loyola University.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and New Year, is a time to celebrate good fortune, family and friendships. Celebrate with performances, and arts and crafts inspired by Diwali.
Family programs at Asia Society are supported by The Coca-Cola Company.