Asia-Pacific Trade, Cultural Flows,
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The symposium on “Asia-Pacific Trade, Cultural Flows, and Social Dynamics” is organized by the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) Regional Center at the University of Redlands, in conjunction with the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) at the East-West Center. Redlands’ ASDP Regional Center is a member of the The Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies (ARCAS), composed of 20 regional centers of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) at the East-West Center. ARCAS is a non-profit organization affiliated with ASDP and works closely with ASDP in such initiatives as the development of faculty development workshops and ASDP's annual conferences.
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The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations and the governments of the region.
The East-West Center provided the funding for the symposium on “Asia-Pacific Trade, Cultural Flows, and Social Dynamics,” and as well as for three other APEC-related symposia, which will take place in Charleston, South Carolina (hosted by Trident Technical College), Youngstown, Ohio (hosted by Youngstown State University and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce), and Portland, Oregon (hosted by Portland Community College).
The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) at the East-West Center worked closely with each of the hosting institutions to develop the programs for these APEC-related symposia. Launched in 1991, ASDP is a joint program of the East-West Center and the University of Hawai’i. ASDP offers a variety of content-focused faculty and institutional development programs and activities centered around summer residential institutes, field seminars in Asia, workshops on the U.S. mainland, and an annual academic conference.