Friday, February 17, 2017

Asia Events Weekly Roundup: February 19th - February 25th

Each week, Asia on E Street posts a list of free Asia-related think tank talks, panel discussions, and other such events scheduled for the upcoming week in Washington DC, including events that we host here at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Our Asia Events Weekly Roundup for February 19th - February 25th:

How to Think About Japan’s Twentieth Century History
Tuesday, February 21, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

A New Way Forward in Afghanistan: How the United States Should Modify its Strategy
Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Center for a New American Security

Taming the Imperial Imagination: How the British Empire came to know Afghanistan, and Why it Matters
Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Taiwan and Latin American Relations: Achievements and Opportunities
Thursday, February 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

East Asia’s Role in the New Global Economy: Economics, Politics, & US Investment
Thursday, February 23, 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
George Washington Center for International Business Education and Research

How religion and nationalism fuel conflict in Southeast Asia
Friday, Feb 24, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Tips on Taiwan: A Study Abroad Information Session and Networking Event
Friday, February 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Organization of Asian Studies

Visiting Scholar Roundtable: Issues in US-Japan Relations
Friday, February 24, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Friday, February 10, 2017

Asia Events Weekly Roundup: February 12th - February 18th

Each week, Asia on E Street posts a list of free Asia-related think tank talks, panel discussions, and other such events scheduled for the upcoming week in the Washington DC area, including events hosted by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Our Asia Events Weekly Roundup for February 12th - February 18th:

Book Forum on "Modernizing China: Investing in Soft Infrastructure"
Tuesday, February 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Reinvigorating U.S. Economic Strategy in the Asia Pacific
Tuesday, February 14, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Purifying the Land of the Pure: A History of Pakistan’s Religious Minorities
Wednesday, February 15, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wilson Center

U.S.-China Relations: The Stories so Far
Thursday, February 16, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilson Center - Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the Twenty-First Century
Thursday, February 16, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
East-West Center

The Upstream Superpower: China’s Transboundary River Policies
Friday, February 17, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
East-West Center

The United States and Future Policy Options in the Taiwan Strait
Friday, February 17, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Organization of Asian Studies

Friday, February 3, 2017

Asia Events Weekly Roundup: February 5th - February 11th

Each week, Asia on E Street posts a list of free Asia-related events that will be happening in the next week in the Washington DC area, including events hosted by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. 

Our Asia Events Weekly Roundup for February 5th - February 11th:

Arts Event: Illustrated Talk: “Developing Yangon Echoes”

Sunday, February 5, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
East-West Center

Opening of the Exhibition “Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov”

Tuesday, February 7, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Central Asia Program

Balance of Power or Balance of Interests: The Future of China-India Relations
Tuesday, February 7, 12:30 - 1:00 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Risks & Rewards: Examining Trump’s New Approach to Asia

Wednesday, February 8, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Stimson Center

Drawing Refugees and Citizens: Secular India in Graphic Narratives and Print Culture

Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Turning the Tide on Unsustainable Fish Supply Chains — Stories from China and the United States

Thursday, February 9, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Woodrow Wilson Center — China Environment Forum

A New U.S. Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions without Cutting Ties

Friday, February 10th, 11:45 AM - 1:20 PM
Hudson Institute

Friday, January 27, 2017

Asia Events Weekly Roundup: January 29th - February 4th

Asia on E Street is excited to announce a new weekly segment, the Asia Events Weekly Roundup. Each week, Asia on E Street will post a list of free Asia-related events that will be happening in the next week in the Washington DC area, including events hosted by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. 

The Asia Events Weekly Roundup for January 29th - February 4th:

Hong Kong at a Critical Juncture

Monday, January 30, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
US-Asia Institute

Foreign Direct Investment and National Security: Current Status and Future Challenges of Regulation in the US and Japan

Tuesday, January 31, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
East-West Center

The Future of Alliances and Extended Nuclear Deterrence

Wednesday, February 1, 3:30 - 6:00 PM
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Okinawa Dialogue: Okinawa's Future and East Asia with The Honorable Takeshi Onaga, Governor of Okinawa

Thursday, February 2, 11:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

On the Offensive: Rising Religious Intolerance in Asia and America with Professor Cherian George

Thursday, February 2, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Book Launch: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

Thursday, February 2, 5:30-6:30 PM
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Friday, December 2, 2016

Course Offerings at GWU


Section 10; CRN: 56862
Prof. Kavita Daiya
Wednesdays: 4.10 pm-6 pm.

Focusing largely on Asia, this course explores 10 great contemporary works of global Anglophone fiction, graphic narratives, and theory that attempt to take the measure of our times.  The twentieth century was, as noted scholars like Zygmunt Bauman and Hannah Arendt have noted, an era of migration.  As more people have left their birthplace than at any other point in human history, whole cultures and communities have been reinvented by the movement of people across regional and national borders.  In complex ways, women and children have borne the brunt of these changes.  This course explores the literary representation of this brave new world in which the ceaseless movement of people-due to war or work, love or study, pleasure or dispossession-has altered conceptions of belonging, community, and agency. 

We study representations of migration through key postcolonial Anglophone literatures and graphic narratives primarily, though not exclusively, from Asia.  How gender, sexuality, religion, and race inhabit and inflect these stories about belonging will be central to our investigation. We will conclude with a discussion of two international films that speak to our interest in gender, diaspora, and migration. In the process, this course invites us to consider contemporary aesthetic explorations of the gendered experience of decolonization, migration, and globalization.  Texts we will read include:

Vishwajyoti Ghosh, ed., This Side, That Side: Restorying Partition
Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis
Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We Know
Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth
Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah
Michael Ondaatje, Anil’s Ghost
Nadine Gordimer, None to Accompany Me
Viet Thanh Ngyuen, The Sympathizer
Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy
Lisa Lowe, The Intimacy of Four Continents

Open to BA/MA students, and graduate students interested in international issues, gender studies, or Asia.  No pre-requisites. Meets Wednesdays 4-6 pm.

Section 10; CRN: 57596
Prof. Kavita Daiya
Wed: 12.45 pm - 3.15 pm.  Film screenings to be held Sundays 6-9 pm.

This course is a selective, historical introduction to the industry of popular Hindi film known as Bollywood, with a special focus on the changing relationship between gender and nationalism in modern South Asia.  Bollywood is today the world’s largest producer of films; since the fifties, its consumption beyond India, in places as far flung as Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Russia, UK, and North America, suggests that it is also the most widely consumed popular cinema in the world.  Bollywood cinema is based in Mumbai, India; yet, despite its name, the tradition of Bollywood cinema can be identified as having particular generic conventions and visual codes that are distinct from Hollywood.  Bollywood films are largely musicals; they are also well-known (and sometimes criticized) for their formulaic and “unrealistic” storylines, their simple moral codes (good vs. evil), and their typical heteronormative happy endings.

This course will introduce students to Bollywood through screenings of a range of films from the 1950s until today. We will place individual films within their larger political, social, and aesthetic contexts; simultaneously, we will develop a set of reading practices to explore the genre of melodrama, which often appears resistant to interpretation. Topics discussed will include gender, sexuality, nationalism, modernity, religion, family, globalization, diaspora, heroism, and villainy. There are no pre-requisites for the course. Films we will study include: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Delhi-6, Rang de Basanti, Queen, Om Shanti Om, Deewar, Sholay, among others.

Required books include: 
Tejaswini Ganti, Bollywood: A guidebook to popular Hindi cinema
Madhava Prasad, Ideology of the Hindi Film: A Historical Construction
Coursepack (available at bookstore) 

Monday, November 21, 2016

69th Japan America Student Conference

Seeking Delegates for Japan America Student Conference

When: August 3-5(Orientation), August 6-28(Conference)
Sites: Tokyo, Kyoto, Ehime, Mie
Students of all majors and disciplines encouraged to apply.
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2016

About the Program

Looking for a fun, fruitful summer of growth and accomplishment? The 69th Japan­ America Student Conference (JASC) taking place in Japan this August is still accepting applicants! Together with 71 other delegates from Japan and the U.S., you will travel to four sites throughout Japan. Throughout the month-­long conference, you will be able to:

● Delve into critical contemporary issues through roundtable discussions, forums, lectures, and field trips
● Strengthen your professional and leadership skills on a global scale
● Build your professional network through Receptions featuring prominent individuals from business, government, and academia
● Join the ranks of established alumni such as Henry Kissinger, a previous prime minister of Japan, and leaders in prominent companies like Delta Airlines, Oracle, Rakuten, and more!  
● Forge life­long friendships with other student leaders from both countries

The Conference

Roundtables & Renowned Speakers:

Delegates from Japan and the U.S. are divided into seven Roundtable groups, each of which focuses on a specific theme that relates to the developments of both Japan and the U.S. in a global context.Throughout the conference, delegates will engage in debate and discussion to strive for the ultimate goal of mutual understanding. Alongside RT discussions are various panels across the four sites where renowned speakers who are experts in their respective fields will discuss relevant contemporary topics facing both countries.

Roundtable Topics
  • Approaching the City from a Multidimensional Perspective
  • Governance and Diplomacy in an International Context: Terrorism in the 21st Century
  • Health: Roles and Responsibilities within Society
  • Media, Morality, and the Governance of the Press
  • Modern Ideologies: Analyzing the Actions of Individuals and Communities
  • Reexamining Minorities and Realizing Ideal Society
  • Understanding Cultural Significance and Identity

Further Details

DatesAugust 3-5 (American Orientation), August 6-28 (69th JASC), 2017 
*Note: Applicants must be able to attend the full duration of the Orientation and Conference

Sites: Tokyo, Kyoto, Ehime, Mie
Theme: Self and Society: Sharing Perspectives and Inspiring Action
The conference will be conducted in English.

Participation Fee: $3,500, all-inclusive (Flights to and from Japan, lodging, ground transportation, food, and programs during the conference are covered. Delegates are responsible for getting themselves to the Orientation site and back home)

For more information, please visit our website. 

Apply before our final deadline December 31, 2016 for a chance to become a part of our long legacy! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Spring 2017 Internship Opportunity

Spring Intern, Asia Society Policy Institute

Desired Start Date: Rolling
Approximate Hours Per Week: 24
Duration: Minimum of 12 Weeks

About the Program:
The Washington, D.C. office of the Asia Society Policy Institute is seeking exceptional interns with a demonstrated interest in social, political, and economic developments in Asia. The selected interns will directly support the Asia Society Policy Institute’s senior leadership with their research agendas and programming in Washington, D.C.  Ideal candidates will have strong research/writing skills and experience with office/event support.  We are currently seeking interns in the following areas:

  1. Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific – The selected candidate will assist the Director for Asian Security and the security team to support research initiatives on Asian security strategy and regional architecture reform.   This position requires a candidate who is comfortable with significant independent responsibility in coordinating with high-level current and former officials.  The selected candidate will also provide writing and research support for the Director of Asian Security in drafting op-eds and research articles on a wide range of security and defense issues.

  1. Economics and Trade in the Asia-Pacific– The selected candidate assist the ASPI Vice President to support a high-level initiative on the Asian trade agenda. The candidate should possess a strong economic background with knowledge on current trade agreements and initiatives in the region. This position will also entail conducting independent research on emerging Asian economic trends, and drafting talking points and speeches for the Vice President.

  1. Gender Issues in the Asia-Pacific – The selected candidate will assist the ASPI Vice President and affiliated staff to support programming on women and gender policies in Asia.  This position will entail conducting independent research on emerging women’s policy issues for the Vice President, as well as coordinating logistics on a series of speaking events gender thought leaders. Candidates should be familiar with barriers women face in the workplace, economies and societies more generally.

In addition to a substantive research agenda, all ASPI policy interns will learn about ASPI public programming and other logistical/office functions, and, at times, will have access to a policy mentor to develop an independent research project over the course of the summer.

Education and prior experience most suited for this internship:
Familiarity with Asia policy issues through previous academic study and/or internship experience; must have the ability to work independently; strong research, writing, and editing skills; excellent attention to detail; ability to meet tight deadlines; proficiency with Microsoft Office, and Social Media; flexibility with handling diverse tasks; U.S. government experience not required, but highly desirable.

Internships are unpaid positions. Candidates should be available to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks, and at least 24 hours per week. Full-time commitments are generally preferred.

How to apply:
E-mail: 1) a cover letter, indicating your interest and the days and hours you are available to intern; 2) a resume; and 3) a writing sample (3–5 double-spaced pages; abstracts are accepted) in Word or PDF format with the subject line "ASPI Internship DC –[Semester] 2017 (ex. ASPI Internship DC– Spring 2017)." to

Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, as positions are available.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are only able to contact those candidates selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.