Sweden-Japan 150 years, visiting scholar, China's role in Southeast Asia
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Korea in focus and much more

Last week saw everybody's eyes turned towards the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un in Singapore. In a news article Paul O'Shea reminds us that one of the central figures behind the improved situation on the Korean penisula is the South Korean president Moon Jae-In who was not at the meeting (read more here)

As scholars our duty is to probe beyond the media headlines and engage in in-depth and long-term research on complex issues. Paul is now beginning a new research project on South Korea's public diplomacy. The Centre has in addition received funding to invite a number of scholars working on different aspects of contemporary Korean society (see here).

The fall semester is not yet planned in detail but one of the highlights include an event on 12 November celebrating 150 years of relations between Sweden and Japan. It serves to remind us of the importance of taking a historical perspective in order to understand contemporary society and bilateral relations. The event will include talks, music, and Japanese snacks (see here).  Another exciting event is a one-day symposium on China's role in South-East Asia on 7 December. Chinese influence in the region stretches back over several hundred years but has in recent years reached a new level with more direct economic and political impact (more information here).

There are many more interesting events being planned and we will also have a number of visiting Ph.D. students and scholars at the Centre, including professor Seo-Young Cho from Philpps-University of Marbur (see here).

The summer does not only mean holidays for the staff at the Centre but research, conferences (for example the European Association of Chinese Studies) and as last year co-organising a summer school (Made in China) 

In order to end in a more leisurely and summery way that celebrates the art of being in the moment and doing nothing let me quote Chinese poet Li Bai's (701-762) poem In the Mountains on a Summer Day (translated by Arthur Waley, 1919).

“Gently I stir a white feather fan,
With open shirt sitting in a green wood.
I take off my cap and hang it on a jutting stone;
A wind from the pine-trees trickles on my bare head.”

I wish you all a lovely and restful summer!


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Sweden - Japan 150 years
12 November

Join us in celebrating 150 years of Swedish-Japan relations this autumn!

On 12th November we will host a special event at the Centre, featuring special guest talks on the historical, cultural, and economic exchanges between Sweden and Japan. We will also have a performance of the traditional Japanese shakuhachi, a bamboo flute, as well as some Japanese (and Swedish!) refreshments.

See here for more info
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China’s role in Southeast Asia
7 December

This one-day symposium will investigate the multiple roles that China plays in Southeast Asia with particular focus on how China influences political and democratic development in the region. It will also address domestic challenges within China to the country’s assertive development strategy connecting China with Southeast Asia.  

See here for more info
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Visiting scholar to the Centre
Seo-Young Cho will be a visiting scholar at the Centre between 26 November and 20 December 2018.

Seo-Young Cho is assistant professor of economics at Philipps-University of Marburg in Germany. Her research focuses on economic analysis of human trafficking, female migration, social capital, cyber activities, gender differences in education and behaviors, and genderbased violence. Her regional interests center on East Asia, particularly North and South Korea.

Read more here
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