Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) Information Session @ Room 857, Eight Floor, Kaneff Tower
Sep 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join us to learn more about the Diploma programme and how it can enhance your graduate studies.

The Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) is an interdisciplinary programme that provides the necessary foundation to conduct research in Asia and Asian Diaspora. The Programme is designed around a broadly defined conception of Asian studies to include research on thematic issues related to both geographic Asia and the Asian Diaspora. The recognized diploma offers students promising career opportunities related to Asia in fields including education, development, business and the arts.

We hope you can join us.

For more information about the GDAS, click here.

The Information Session will be followed by YCAR’s annual Welcome Back event at 2pm in the common area, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower. All are welcome!

Welcome Back 2015 @ Common Area, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

YCAR warmly invites all York students and faculty interested in Asia/Asian diaspora studies to join us for our annual Welcome Back event on Tuesday, 22 September 2015. This will be an opportunity to meet with members of our research community and learn more about what is happening at YCAR in the coming year.

All are welcome!

Rostow’s Fingerprints, Park’s Boot Prints, Lee’s Rhetorical Imprint: Transnational Dimensions of South Korean and Singaporean Developmentalism in the 1960s-90s @ Room 120, North Ross Building
Sep 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Developmentalism can be theorized in a variety of ways. Throughout East Asia, it has most often been depicted as the practice and ideology of nationalist developmental states.  In this talk, by contrast, I argue that major features of the forms of developmentalism that emerged in South Korea and Singapore during the Vietnam War era betray deep transnational dimensions, reflecting the formation of developmentalism as a Pacific Ruling class project moreso than any particular national development project.  I make this argument by interrogating specific features of the alliance-building negotiations between US, South Korean, and Singaporean elites during the 1960s, showing how the development projects settled upon imported certain “Rostowian” modernization theoretic conceptions into development practices that nonetheless allowed considerable leeway for local actors like the regimes of Park Chung Hee and Lee Kuan Yew to shape their own allegedly nationally-centered developmental projects.  One consequence of this form of transnational hybridization has been that when campaigns have been launched that are verbally antagonistic to “Western” values—such as Park’s “rejuvenation” project under the 1972 Yushin Constitution and Lee’s 1990s invocation of “Asian Values” (AV) as a counter to neoliberalization—the shared transnational projects that enabled these campaigns have been too easily overlooked and the portrayal of national antagonisms severely overblown.  Rather than being seen as fiercely competing alternative approaches to modernization, I argue that “Rostowian” modernization, Park’s developmental dictatorship, and Lee’s AV campaign comfortably cohabitate within the same space of authoritarian developmentalism that was forged in the 1960s, with path-dependent consequences for contemporary developmental projects.

Jim Glassman is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia.  He is the author of Thailand at the Margins: Internationalization of the State and Transformation of Labour (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Bounding the Mekong: the Asian Development Bank, China, and Thailand (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010).  His most recent research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, has focused on the role of the U.S. military-industrial complex in the formation of regional development alliances during the Vietnam War era, with emphasis on the role of the South Korean state and chaebol in this process.

This is in the inaugural talk in the 2015.2016 Developmentalism in Transnational Asia lecture series.

The series is organized by Laam Hae (Political Science), Hong Kal (Visual Arts) and Jesook Song (Anthropology, University of Toronto)

Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity: Book launch and documentary screening @ TBC
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for the launch of York University launch of Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity, a new book edited by Guida Man and Rina Cohen (Sociology).

The edited collection examines the transnational practices and identities of immigrant women, youth, and children in an era of global migration and neoliberalism, addressing such topics as family relations, gender and work, schooling, remittances, cultural identities, caring for children and the elderly, inter- and multi-generational relationships, activism, and refugee determination.

YCAR Faculty Associates Ann Kim (Sociology), Valerie Preston (Geography) and Guida Man (Sociology) are authors or co-authors.

More about the book can be found here:

The event will also include a screening of Journey to Find Myself Again, a short documentary film produced by Tania Das Gupta (sociology) and Srabani Maitra. The film presents the employment trajectories of three highly educated immigrant women from South Asia.

The event is presented by the Centre for Feminist Research,  Wilfrid Laurier Press and the York Centre for Asian Research.

Philippine and Chinese Geo-Political Interests related to the South China Sea @ Room 857, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Oct 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The paper will offer a basic understanding of socio-economic-technological dimensions of territorial defence operations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines as it shifts its doctrine from internal security operations to territorial defence operations.

Rommel Gavieta has 29 years of project experience in economic, market, project and geo-political risk management in the area of infrastructure development in the Southeast Asian region.

Recently, his work in geopolitical assessment in infrastructure development has spilled over to providing socio-economic insights to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who is shifting its focus from internal security operations to territorial defence operations.  His work includes providing the AFP with an understanding of the socio-economic-technological dimensions of territorial defense with particular focus in the South China Seas or the West Philippine Sea and in the Muslim population in Philippines.

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