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Are wealth and politics becoming more intricately intertwined in China? The paper examines the extent to which people identified as China's wealth elite have also been members of a) the party congress, b) the National Peoples Congress, or c) the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference. It also looks at the extent to which members of the latter two institutions have "day jobs" in the business sector.

Speaker Bio:

Andrew Wedeman received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994 and is a Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. Prior to this appointment, he spent eighteen years with the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where he also served as the Director of the Asian Studies Program and the Director of the UNL International Studies Program. In addition he has held posts a visiting research professor at Beijing University, a Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing University Center for Sino-American Studies and a Fulbright Research Professorship at Taiwan National University during 2001-2. His publications include Double Paradox: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption in China (Cornell); From Mao to Market: Rent Seeking, Local Protectionism, and Marketization in China (Cambridge); articles in a academic journals including China QuarterlyJournal of Contemporary China; and China Review; and chapters in numerous edited volumes. Professor Wedeman is now beginning a new book project examining social unrest in China.

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This event audio recording is of the third panel from The U.S. Rebalance to Asia conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and the U.S Studies Center at the University of Sydney.

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Hahm Chaibong is the President of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea. Previously, he was a professor in the School of International Relations and the Department of Political Science as well as the Director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California (2005-2007), Director of the Division of Social Sciences Research & Policy at UNESCO in Paris, France (2003-2005). He received a B.A. in economics from Carleton College and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University. He has been a visiting professor at Duke, Georgetown, and Princeton Universities and a visiting fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington. DC.

On January 28, 2013, Mr Hahm discussed the issues in Asia from a Korean perspective. What has been the history/conflicts in the Northeast Asia region? Will the new leadership in China affect any changes in the country's domestic and international policies? Now that the LDP has been reinstated at the ruling party of Japan, will we see a return to business as usual? Will North Korean maintain its course of provations and nuclear program development under Kim Jong Eun? Listen to the podcast to find out about these.

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Professor Michael Green, as part of a U.S. delegation, recently returned from Burma/Myanmar where he met with Burmese leaders, including President Thein Sein, as well as Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss the recent reforms underway in the country. Professor Green will give us "the good news and the bad news" about the developing situation in Burma/Myanmar.

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In this installment of the Asian Studies Program's Public Health in Asia Initiative, Dr. Noelle Selin, MIT Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Atmoshperic Chemistry, discussed her group's research on air pollution's effects on public health in China and beyond.

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On February 16, the Office of the Dean of the School of Foreign Service, the Asian Studies Department, and the Mortara Center for International Studies welcomed Dr. Cecilia Van Hollen, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University, for a presentation entitled 'Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India.' The lecture is a part of the year-long Global India Lecture Series.

Dr. Van Hollen is the Director of the National Resource Center for South Asian Studies in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also a Trustee of the American Institute for India Studies and of the South Asia Language Institute. her research has examined the impact of HIV/AIDS on the experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in India based on ethnographic research conducted between 2003 and 2008. She focuses on the local responses to the global health program to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and demonstrates that although the program being implemented in India is an effective public health intervention in terms of reducing transmission rates, it has often had negative social consequences on the lives of low-income women who test HIV-positive during pregnancy.

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Following the devastating 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis on March 11, 2011, Ambassador Roos helped lead the American mission to support Japan’s response to the multi-dimensional and unprecedented disaster.  On February 8, 2012, Ambassador Roos shared his first-hand account of what it was like to be on the ground as events unfolded, discussed U.S. efforts to assist Japan, and explained what the experience means for U.S.-Japan relations.

Ambassador Roos’ tenure in Tokyo comes at an historic period.  Shortly after his arrival, power shifted from the Liberal Democratic Party for essentially the first time in fifty years to the Democratic Party of Japan and Ambassador Roos played a key role in managing the relationship through the transition. On August 6, 2010 he became the first U.S. official ever to attend the commemoration ceremony of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima.  During his two and a half years in Japan, Ambassador Roos has built relationships and established a rich and active dialogue with government leaders, businesspeople, media and students over the course of his travels across 44 of Japan's 47 prefectures.

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Fannin is the author of Startup Asia: Top Strategies for Cashing in on Asia's Innovation Boom, she spoke at Georgetown on February 3, 2012. Her book is about how entrepreneurs and investors can start up in Asia and go global. It provides a first-hand, on-the-ground tour of the new technology centers that are gaining momentum all over Asia. Interviews with the most successful venture capitalists and entrepreneurs reveal their winning strategies and show how a new generation of entrepreneurs in China and India are no longer looking to the West for their cues—but are instead crafting their own local business models and success strategies.

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Ambassador Robert Orr was confirmed by the Senate as United States Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2010. From 2007-2010 he was Chairman of the Board of the Panasonic Foundation and concurrently Vice Chair of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, a member of the Board of Trustees of J.F. Obirin University and a member of the Board of the East-West Center Foundation.

From January 2002 until March 2007 Ambassador Orr was President of Boeing Japan. He held this position during the development of the most successfully selling airplane in history, the 787 Dreamliner, 35% of which is made in Japan. Prior to joining Boeing, Dr. Orr was Vice President and Director of European Affairs for Motorola based in Brussels. And before that he held various senior level posts with Motorola in Japan culminating as Vice President of Government Relations. In that capacity he successfully led the negotiations that opened up the cellular phone market in Japan.

In addition to the corporate world, Ambassador Orr also has spent many years in academia and the United States Government. Between 1985 and 1993 he was a professor of Political Science at Temple University in Japan with two years off to run the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies and the Stanford Center for Technology and Innovation at the Stanford Japan Center in Kyoto. His book The Emergence of Japan’s Foreign Aid Power published by Columbia University Press won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific.

The Ambassador’s career began in 1976 when he served for two years as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Paul G. Rogers (D-FL) a 12 term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Between 1978 and 1981 he served on the House Foreign Affairs Asia Subcommittee staff seconded from the Select Committee on Narcotics. In 1981 he was appointed as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator of Asia in the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Department of State.

Dr. Orr holds a B.A. in History, cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tokyo University.

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