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1413 Reports from CULCON: Cultural and Educational Interchanges between Japan and the U.S
Area: Border Crossing and Inter-Area | Topic: Sociology
This Roundtable is on Tuesday - Session: Morning - Main Room

The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) is the binational advisory group established in 1961 to further deepen the dialogue among cultural, educational and intellectual spheres, and it has been serving to submit the policy recommendations to both heads of the states in the past 60 years. As CULCON closes two sub-committees, Arts

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1416 Asia Matters Podcast: South Asia’s Dual Crisis: COVID-19 and Climate Change
Area: Northeast Asia | Topic: Sociology
This Roundtable is on Tuesday - Session: 05 - Room 4

South Asia has become one of the worst-hit parts of the world by COVID-19, with the pandemic causing particular harm among society’s poorest. In April, The World Bank forecast the region is likely to record their worst growth performance in four decades this year due to the health crisis. Its struggle against the virus has

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1415 Godzilla and Global Anxiety from Hiroshima to COVID-19​
Area: Northeast Asia | Topic: Sociology
This Roundtable is on Friday - Session: Morning - Main Room

Since Godzilla’s first appearance in the 1954 classic Gojira, the King of the Monsters has become a cinematic icon and a globally recognized symbol of Japan. Born of American H-bomb testing in the South Pacific, Godzilla tapped into Japanese audiences’ traumatic memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as international fears of the Cold War nuclear

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1414 Reimagining Transnational Student Mobility in the Post-COVID-19 Era
Area: Border Crossing and Inter-Area | Topic: Sociology
This Roundtable is on Wednesday - Session: 03 - Main Room

This roundtable discusses a critical challenge facing universities in the post-pandemic Asia: online enrollment and teaching. With the COVID-19 pandemic, student mobility has ground to a halt in Asia, and in some instances demonstrated the extent to which universities have grown overly dependent upon foreign students as a source of income. This brought forth various

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1411 New Threats to Academic Freedom
Area: Border Crossing and Inter-Area | Topic: Sociology
This Roundtable is on Friday - Session: Lunchtime - Main Room

This roundtable webinar brings together scholars who are researching or witnessing censorship and self-censorship across various parts of Asia. In anticipation of an Association for Asian Studies’ publication project on the same subject, this late-breaking news roundtable will start a scholarly discussion about emerging threats to academic freedom in Asia as well as their downstream

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1412 The COVID-19 Pandemic in East and Southeast Asia: Comparative Perspectives
Area: Southeast Asia | Topic: Sociology
This Panel Presentation is on Monday - Session: Morning - Main Room

This session examines how historical backgrounds, contemporary discourses and practices, as well as government strategies have shaped the COVID-19 pandemic in China, Vietnam, and Japan. The discussant for the session will add an important regional perspective on the pandemic.

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1189 The Other AI: Automation, Innovation and the Future of Work in Asia
Area: Border Crossing and Inter-Area | Topic: Economics
This Roundtable is on Friday - Session: 02 - Main Room

The boundaries of what machines can do are pushed even further as computing power steadily increases. Complex tasks are becoming automatable at a speed which seemed unfeasible a decade ago. Machines are able to perform a large number of manual and an increasing number of cognitive tasks that previously, only humans can perform. Some argue

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1386 Keeping in Touch: Tools and Strategies for Chinese Local Cadres to Avoid Disconnection From Citizens
Area: China and Inner Asia | Topic: Political Sciences
This Panel Presentation is on Wednesday - Session: 05 - Room 5

With the Open and Reform policy, the CCP has gradually shifted from a revolutionary party claiming to represent workers and peasants to a ruling party claiming to represent the whole Chinese nation, with a noticeable elitist twist. The Chinese society has simultaneously grown more unequal, to a point which could become threatening for the legitimacy

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1262 People at the Margins: Belonging and (Im)mobility in Superdiverse Asia
Area: Northeast Asia | Topic: Sociology
This Panel Presentation is on Wednesday - Session: 05 - Room 9

Everyday realities in contemporary Asia are characterized by the multiple layers of diversification that have transformed its societies. This panel utilizes the concept of superdiversity which offers a fresh and promising angle for understanding the complexities of migration, mobilities and immobilities in contemporary Asia, a region at the crossroads of weighing the challenges and opportunities

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1158 Transnational Migration to and from Southeast Asia
Area: Southeast Asia | Topic: Sociology
This Panel Presentation is on Wednesday - Session: 05 - Room 4

Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the 21th century. With the increasing number of young population, many countries from the Philippines to Vietnam witness a large number of migrant workers working in East Asian countries, Middle East, and beyond. This panel discusses two-way transnational movements of people; from Southeast Asia to

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