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China in Asia Workshop Series

The China in Asia Workshop Series is a four-year collaborative project between the UCLA Asia Institute and the University of Washington East Asia Center to examine the economic, political, and cultural relationship of China and its neighbors from both historical and contemporary perspectives. This workshop series is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program.

2007

The first workshop, titled Bureaucracy and the Arts of Rulership in Historical Asia and the Modern World, was held in May 2007 at UCLA. Specialists from UCLA, UW, and other southern California institutions examined the research and pedagogical implications of the themes laid out in Lost Modernities: China, Vietnam, Korea, and the Hazards of World History, by Alexander Woodside (Emeritus Professor History, University of British Columbia), who gave opening and closing comments.

2008

The second workshop was held at the University of Washington on May 10, 2008, titled, Maritime Asia in the Early Modern World. In light of new evidence contained in recently discovered maps and shipwrecks, this symposium considered the connections of maritime Asia to world history in the early modern era and China's relations with Southeast Asia in particular.

2009

The third workshop, Asian Musical Crossroads: China and Inner Asia/China and Southeast Asia, held at the Unversity of Washington on October 30-31, 2009, puts the musical and poetic interactions between Chinese and neighboring cultures on vivid display. An international roster of musicians, musicologists, poets, anthropologists, and literary scholars describes, analyzes, and performs the results of the vibrant artistic interactions at three busy cultural intersections: between Han and Inner- and Southeast-Asian minority peoples within China, across national borders between Chinese and Inner Asian traditions, and between Chinese and Southeast Asian traditions.

2010

The fourth and final workshop in the China in Asia series is presented with the Huntington Library, Pacific Spaces: Comparisons and Connections across the Pacific Ocean in Early Modern Timeson November 5 and 6, 2010. The Pacific region has become increasingly prominent in contemporary global economics, politics, and cultural affairs. Historical studies of these phenomena trace the evolution of Pacific connections and migrations in the early modern and modern eras. This conference features scholarship that looks out from both Asia and the Americas in order to better understand how Pacific crossings fit into the regional histories of maritime Asia and the Americas. A workshop held in conjunction at UCLA on Material Culture and Maritime Asia: New International Perspectives on November 4 honors the memory of Roxanna Brown.

PODCAST now available: www.international.ucla.edu/asia/article.asp.

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