Democracy and Political Development in Asia
In the 150 years since the Meiji Restoration kicked off major political reform in Japan, similar processes of governmental transition and democratization have swept through virtually every corner of Asia. This program will discuss the recent political transitions in Indonesia, Myanmar, and East Timor, each of which face crucial challenges in shaping the future of their democracies. Through examining these nations, the panel of experts will address issues of ethnic division, the empowerment of extremists, and interaction between democracies and authoritarian regimes that will undoubtedly be foundational in the future of the region.
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Charting China's Digital Economy
Asia Society and The McKinsey Global Institute, will share new research that shows China is already more digitized than many observers appreciate, and has the potential to set the world’s digital standard in coming decades. China has one of the most active digital investment and startup ecosystems in the world. The country is in the top three in the world for venture capital investment in key types of digital technology, including virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, robotics, drones, and artificial inteligence. China is the world’s largest e-commerce market, accounting for over 40 percent of the value of worldwide e-commerce transactions, up from less than 1 percent about a decade ago. It has also become a major global force in mobile payments with 11 times the transaction value of the United States. One in three of the world’s 262 unicorns (startups valued at over $1 billion) is Chinese, commanding 43 percent of the global value of these companies.
Next event12/11/2017 6:30 PM
Asia 2018: Experts Forecast
Join us as we reflect on the past year and peer into what’s in store for Asia in 2018. Evan Medeiros, Rana Foroohar, and Hassan Abbas will participate in Asia Society’s year-end tradition, soon after President Trump is expected to have returned from his maiden trip to Asia. The North Korean nuclear crisis, battlefield losses of the Islamic State, and the Rohingya humanitarian disaster continue to grab headlines. China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the simmering tensions between Pakistan and India — two nuclear armed states — and the convening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will have global implications. What can we expect in Asia for 2018?
Next event12/13/2017 6:30 PM
Light after Darkness: Memory, Resilience and Renewal in Cambodia
Join us for a panel discussion on arts and reconciliation in post-conflict society with Oscar-winning actress, filmmaker and producer Angelina Jolie; Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts, Phloeun Prim; author of the memoir First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung; and acclaimed Cambodian film-director Rithy Panh.
Next event12/14/2017 5:00 PM
Asia Briefing: India 2018
Breakfast available from 8:00 AM
Discussion begins at 8:30 AM
While China’s meteoric rise often dominates conversations about Asia's emerging global powers, India’s explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world’s fastest-growing nations. India has the world’s third largest military and is taking on a more prominent role on regional and global issues. Today, India’s leaders increasingly expect to see their country treated accordingly. 2018 marks a crucial year for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of 2019 elections, as his government presses a reform program and further enhances its engagement across the Indo-Pacific.
Join us for a look at the year ahead for India and how its trajectory and policies will impact the U.S., Asia, and the world. The discussion will feature Alyssa Ayres, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and author of the forthcoming book Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World, and Bobby Ghosh, former Editor-in-Chief of the Hindustan Times.
Next event1/10/2018 8:30 AM
Shanghai/New York Future Histories 4: Overlord by Yu Bin Ensemble
Next event1/10/2018 7:00 PM
President's Forum with Lesley Stahl
Next event1/18/2018 6:30 PM
Bitter Allies: China and North Korea
China and North Korea are nominally allies, but relations between the two neighbors – always difficult -- have deteriorated as North Korea has accelerated its nuclear and ballistic missile development under Kim Jong Un. Over the past year, Kim has deliberately timed his nuclear and ballistic missile tests to coincide with high-profile Chinese events such as the BRICS summit in Xiamen, the Belt and Road forum in Beijing, and the Xi-Trump Mar-a-Lago summit. Yet, North Korea is economically dependent on China, which currently accounts for over 90% of its total trade volume and most food and energy imports. Although Beijing has tightened sanctions on North Korea, China remains an economic lifeline and has resisted regime-threatening pressure.
Does the solution to the North Korea threat run through Beijing? Who really holds the upper hand in the Sino-DPRK relationship? Could a recently empowered Xi Jinping bring Kim Jong Un to heel if he wanted to? Or do socialist ties and North Korea’s value as a buffer state outweigh the risks of a defiant nuclear next-door neighbor? Bitter Allies will outline the historical context of North Korea-China relations, and unpack key aspects of this critical, but often misunderstood relationship. Panelists will explore the economic, political and military relations between these “frenemies” and the implications for U.S. policy in the aftermath of the Trump-Xi Summit in Beijing.
Next event1/25/2018 6:30 PM
ChinaFile and NCUSCR Present: Chinese Civil Society in 2018: What's Ahead?
More than a year since two major civil society laws were enacted in China, the environment for domestic and foreign civil society actors is undergoing a major shift. This panel will address a number of outstanding questions about what is happening on the ground in China now: What are the key trends and challenges in Chinese civil society? How are domestic and international non-profits faring in the new environment? What are the implications for China-US cooperation? For Chinese foreign and domestic policy? For foreign NGOs hoping to work in China? This event is co-sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Next event1/29/2018 6:30 PM
From Tiananmen to Pyongyang, Kabul to Baghdad: A Reporter's Inspiring Journey
Next event2/1/2018 6:30 PM
The Basics of Mindfulness
Meditation is growing to be a more popular and embraced practice among individuals from
different backgrounds. Extensive scientific research on the practice have led to conclusions of many positive health-related benefits. Studies show that meditation is beneficial in combatting stress, high blood pressure, heart disease and used as a means to enhance mental capabilities such as abstract thinking, memory and creativity. With this on-going positive light, today the art and practice of mindfulness has not only seen a tremendous increase in its following, but also embodies a subculture in itself, becoming a billion-dollar industry and being seen as a tool for efficiency and success in the workplace.
Join us for an insightful discussion between Dr. Thupten Jinpa and Dan Harris on the importance of meditation and its effects on modern life and overall mindfulness. Why are more people
starting to practice meditation? How exactly is it beneficial to one’s overall well-being?
Next event2/15/2018 6:30 PM
Walking With Tucci: A Visual History of Tibet
Member-Only Exhibition Lecture
Join art historian and exhibition guest curator Deborah Klimburg–Salter as she introduces the extraordinary group of works from the National Museum of Oriental Art (MNAO), Rome, featured in Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting. Klimburg–Salter is Research Director for the Guiseppe Tucci Photographic Archive and guest curator for the Tucci collection (MNAO).
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Next event2/27/2018 6:30 PM