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Using the background context of the Korean War as the starting point for its inquiry, Dr. John P. DiMoia examines the origins of a new medical sub-field, rehabilitative medicine, or 재활 의학, immediately prior to, during, and following the Korean War. DiMoia looks specifically at the origins of a growing network of medical exchange between the United States and South Korea through a survey of two specific sites of practice: the first site is the National Rehabilitation Center located in Tongnae (near Busan), South Korea that represents the immediate wartime and post-war legacy of the merging field in the South Korean context, with a facility designed for injured soldiers taking on a reconfigured form beginning in the mid-1950s with the United Nations assistance, specifically the United Nations Korea Reconstruction Agency; the second site is the Institute of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine at New York University, which stands as one of the world's leading centers for rehabilitative medicine.


John P. DiMoia is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. This event was held to promote the Asian Studies Program's Public Health in Asia Initiative.
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The SFS Asian Studies Program hosted the honorable Ahn Ho-Young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States and Georgetown MSFS '83 alum as part of the Lunch with an Ambassador Series. 

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The SFS Asian Studies Program and Global Human Development Program hosted experts from relief organizations to discuss the public health situation and relief efforts being carried out in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. 
 
The panel was moderated by Dr. Sharon Stash, advisor to the Global Human Development Program and the deputy director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 
 
The expert panelists were:

Leslie Elliott, Senior Donor Relations Officer, World Food Program
Jesse Hartness, Director of Emergency Health and Nutrition, Save the Children 
Melissa Opryszko, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Advisor, Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID
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The SFS Asian Studies Program hosted Jason Q. Ng, author of Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China’s Version of Twitter (And Why), for a lunchtime discussion on China's internet regulation policies, and their implications for the country's internet users. 

Jason Q. Ng is a research fellow at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab and a research consultant for China Digital Times. He was a 2013 Google Policy Fellow. His writing and work have been featured in Le Monde, TheAtlantic.com, Foreign Affairs, and Tea Leaf Nation.

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Professor Matthew Rudolph discusses the controversy surrounding the Devyani Khobragade, the Deputy Consul General of the Indian consulate in New York City, who was arrested late last month. Khobragade's arrest gained considerable media attention in India, sparking anger amongst the Indian people and escalating into strained ties between the two countries.

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Professor Victor Cha discusses Vice President Joe Biden's Trip to Asia.

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Chris Johnson, senior adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discussed US-China relations in a talk with MASIA students. 

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Dr. Victor Cha shares his impressions of National Security Advisor Susan Rice's speech at Georgetown University, "America's Future in Asia."

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Authors, Damien Ma and Bill Adams, will discuss their new book over lunch. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Both authors will also be available to sign any purchased books after the event.

In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China's Ascent in the Next Decade 

Nearly everything you know about China is wrong! Yes, within a decade, China will have the world’s largest economy. But that is the least important thing to know about China. In this enlightening book, two of the world’s leading China experts turn the conventional wisdom on its head, showing why China’s economic growth will constrain rather than empower it. Pioneering political analyst Damien Ma and global economist Bill Adams reveal why, having 35 years of ferocious economic growth, China’s future will be shaped by the same fundamental reality that has shaped it for millennia: scarcity. Ma and Adams drill deep into Chinese society, illuminating all the scarcities that will limit its power and progress. Beyond scarcities of natural resources and public goods, they illuminate China’s persistent poverties of individual freedoms, cultural appeal, and ideological legitimacy — and the corrosive loss of values and beliefs amongst a growing middle class shackled by a parochial and inflexible political system. Everyone knows “the 21st century is China’s to lose” — but, as with so many things that “everyone knows,” that’s just wrong. Ma and Adams get beyond cheerleading and fearmongering to tell the complex truth about China today. This is a truth you need to hear — whether you’re an investor, business decision-maker, policymaker, or citizen.

This event is sponsored by the SFS Asian Studies ProgramMortara Center for International Studies, and the SFS Science, Technology, and International Affairs Program.

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