A devoted but wronged Hindu wife became a goddess and a woman who defied her society but found solace from the Buddha. These stories illustrate themes that are as fresh today as they were two thousand years ago. Scholar and curator Donald Stadtner investigates the complex syncretism of religions in Sri Lanka as illustrated by the goddess Pattin, a Sri Lankan Buddhism guardian deity who, as Kannaki Amman is also revered by Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus.
Donald Stadtner was for many years an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, after receiving his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He was recently co-curator for the Asia Society's Buddhist Art of Myanmar exhibition and is now preparing the Sacred Sites of Sri Lankan.
After nearly 40 years of engagement, a "great decoupling" is underway between the United States and China. A focus on strategic competition is undermining bilateral links built up over decades in trade, investment, education and other areas. If the current trend toward superpower estrangement is carried to its conclusion, it could tear the world apart. But which side - the U.S. or China - is better placed to prevail as trade and tech wars rage? Is China set on an unstoppable course toward technological dominance?
Join us to hear from leading experts and journalists from the Financial Times and Nikkei Asian Review.
Organized by the Center on U.S.-China Relations and The Financial Times with Tech Scroll Asia.
Co-organized by Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation and Asia Society in New York, the 2019 China-US Cultural Investment Forum will be held on October 17, 2019 at Asia Society in New York.
As the incubator for China-US innovative cooperation, the annual China-US Cultural Investment Forum is the highest-end exchange event for the cultural investment industry of China and the United States. This exclusive conference is also the key program of the “Creative China Festival” and an important platform for international cultural cooperations.
Through speeches, panel discussions, live-webcasts, and VIP visits, the forum will engage deep-level collaboration from perspectives of Chinese and American key leaders, cultural and creative industries, professional institutions, and leading talents. Almost 15 Chinese and American guests from fields of government, finance, investment, culture and creativity, academia, education, think tank, and foundation will discuss several key topics:
• Cultural investment and social innovation;
• Culture and technology;
• International collaboration of talents.
Cultural investment has had strategic significance in the long-term cooperation between Chinese and American cultures, and has played a leading role in China's rapid economic and social development in the past decade. With its professional experience, mass integration and interaction with the technology industry, the China-US Cultural Investment Forum seeks to unlock greater effective thinking for international industry leaders.