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Asia-Pacific Trade, Cultural Flows,
and Social Dynamics:

A Symposium in Anticipation of the
2011 APEC Summit in Honolulu

Casa Loma Room, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
September 24, 2011

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The University of Redlands and the East-West Center cordially invite the general public, educators and students, and the business community to a one-day symposium on “Asia-Pacific Trade, Cultural Flows, and Social Dynamics” at the campus of the University of Redlands on September 24, 2011.

Map of APEC Members

Map of APEC members

This symposium is a lead-up event to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that will be held in Honolulu November 12-13, 2011. APEC is the premier economic organization in the Asia-Pacific region that facilitates economic cooperation. The United States will host 20 heads of state and ministers from the dynamic economies of Asia, Latin America and North America.

With generous financial support from the East-West Center, the ASDP Regional Center of the University of Redlands has put together a substantive program featuring distinguished university faculty from across the country. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, noted historian of China and public intellectual whose commentaries have appeared in such publications as Time, The Nation, and The Huffington Post, will deliver a luncheon keynote speech on “China in the American Imagination.” Rangashree Dances of India will perform a combination of Bharatnatyam and folk dances. Please join us for a lively and informative discussion of the economic, cultural and social impact of trade relations and cultural flows among the nations of the Asia-Pacific region, with special focus on the United States and East Asia.

A registration fee of $25 includes all sessions, light breakfast, lunch, refreshments and cultural performance. Space is limited; please register by September 14, 2011, after which the registration fee goes up to $35. A map of the symposium venue, driving directions, and information on accommodations can be found here.

Questions may be addressed to: Robert Y. Eng, symposium coordinator and the Director of the Asian Studies Program and the ASDP Regional Center at the University of Redlands, an affiliate of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) at East-West Center.

Symposium Schedule

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8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Check-in and light breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 1st Session: “Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Prospects for Trans-Pacific Integration” (Moderator: Heung-Joo Cha, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Redlands)

 Haider Khan (University of Denver):
APEC and the Future of Regional Cooperation in the Pacific Rim
 Gerald Groshek (School of Business, University of Redlands):
Special Economic Zones and APEC Development

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 2nd Session: “Labor Relations and Corporate Practice across the Pacific” (Moderator: Bill Huntley, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Redlands)

 Hong Zhang (Colby College):
The Social Costs of Outsourcing: Labor Distress and Protests in South China
 Sawa Kurotani (College of Arts & Sciences, University of Redlands): “Japanese Salarywomen: 25 Years after the Equal Opportunity Employment Law

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speech

 President James Appleton (University of Redlands) and Elizabeth Buck (East-West Center):
      Welcoming Remarks

 Jeffrey Wasserstrom (University of California, Irvine):
China in the American Imagination, 1900-2011

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 3rd Session: “Asian Cultural Exports: Traditional Aesthetics and Modern Media” (Moderator: Xinyan Jiang, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Redlands)

 Carol Brash (College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University):
Chinese Gardens in 21st Century America
 Stanley Rosen (University of Southern California):
Chinese Cinema's International Market

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 4th Session: “Food Safety Across the Pacific” (Moderator: Hongwei Lu, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Redlands)

 Yunxiang Yan (University of California, Los Angeles): “The Global and Domestic Implications of Food Safety Issues in Contemporary China

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Cultural Performance

 Rangashree Dances of India: Bharatnatyam and folk dances


Contact Robert Y. Eng, symposium coordinator

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