HPAIR 2007 :: 2007.08.23 04:11


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Schedule and Venue

The HPAIR Academic Conference is a four-day academic program with six workshops concurrently conducted throughout the conference. This year, workshop topics are Economics, Leadership, Popular Culture, Popular History, Security, Social Policy, and Technology. In addition to the workshops, there will be plenary panel sessions on Energy and The Olympic Games. The HPAIR Organizing Committee is pleased to team with the Host Country Organizing Committee (HCOC) Beijing, consisting of students from Peking University, Tsinghua University and Renmin University.

The theme of HPAIR 2007 Academic Conference is Engaging Asia: Discourse and Dialogue. The conference aims to identify key areas of change in Asia today and discuss their implications for the future.

The main venue of HPAIR 2007 Academic Conference will be the elegant Grand Hyatt Beijing, located in the heart of the city.

Pre-Conference / Day Zero, 16 AUG:
Pre-registration will be available on this day to delegates who arrive in Beijing early. In addition, Pre-Conference tours led by members of the HCOC will also be available, and first-time visitors to Beijing may find this an excellent opportunity to explore the city’s numerous sights.

Day One, 17 AUG:
The conference begins with an opening speech by a keynote speaker, followed by three 90-minute workshop sessions throughout the day. Lunch and coffee breaks will be held between sessions. Discussions are conducted between delegates and guest speakers and dignitaries who are experts in the field of workshop discussion.

Day Two, 18 AUG:
Morning plenary session attended by all delegates, followed by the second round of three workshop sessions.

Day Three, 19 AUG:
Delegates head to University Day (university to be announced), where the day opens with a second plenary session attended by all delegates. The final round of workshop sessions will resume following the plenary session. Transportation to and from the main venue will be provided. Following University Day, delegates are invited to International Night, a memorable celebration of international cultures represented by the delegations attending HPAIR

Day Four, 20 AUG:
Delegates will embark on daytime field trips to places of relevance to each workshop. Delegates will return to Grand Hyatt in the evening for closing ceremonies and gala dinner.

Dates and schedules are tentative unless otherwise noted. A detailed, finalized schedule as well as a delegate manual will be made available to registered delegates as the conference date approaches.

Workshops

Economic Growth in Asia and its Effects on Society
Led by Yuan “Bill” Zhu, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Economic growth is often discussed in terms of supply and demand, infrastructure, monetary policies, and other purely economic ideas. Discussion automatically focuses on the keys to economic growth as a mechanism to achieve broader future development. However, increased economic prosperity does not arrive without larger societal ramifications; it produces not only more prosperity but collateral effects: changes in culture and lifestyle, income inequality, and environmental degradation. These problems must be addressed, while simultaneously distorting the market or sacrificing growth as little as possible. In this workshop, we will discuss Asia's economic growth, but not solely in the context of its rapid achievements. Instead, we will focus on the relationship between its growing economies and its affiliated social problems. In particular, we will seek to examine the impact of economic growth on culture, social discrepancy, and the environment, as well as explore economically viable solutions to problems in these areas.


Comparative Notions of Leadership
Led by Shannon Ashford, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

In the United States and in many Western societies, popular conceptions of leadership often rely upon the socially and culturally-programmed values of "goodness" and "success." In the context of many Asian societies, ideas of traditional leadership often incorporate the concept of "face," whereby appearance and trust are important factors. Do ideals of leadership differ between Asia and the United States? And is it possible that in both societies, leaders and the leadership styles they employ are just as similar as they are different? This is only one of the questions that this workshop will address.
This workshop is designed to allow participants to discuss and analyze characterizations of leadership and the spheres in which leaders operate. Participants will be encouraged to develop a tri-sector (public, private, and non-profit) perspective on leadership development and leadership styles in Asia. A further objective will be to encourage delegates to use the workshop sessions as mechanisms for them to discuss how they, as young adults, intend to re-define the future of leadership.


Interests, Institutions, and Identities: Understanding Security Issues in East Asia
Led by Yongwook Ryu, Dept. of Government, Harvard University

How should we approach security issues in East Asia in the post-Cold War period? The security workshop will take a comprehensive perspective on East Asian security issues by examining the interests of regional powers, security institutions, and security norms. It will investigate various security issues in East Asia and explore the different theoretical perspectives applicable to them. The overall aim is to deepen our understanding of the regional security issues and of the different national perspectives held on those issues. The issues to be covered in the workshop are: The rise of China; Japan's quest for a "normal state" status; the North Korean nuclear issue; ASEAN and ARF; and two special topics that have region-wide security ramifications. Delegates will be exposed to the current academic debates on those issues by policy makers and academics. They will also have opportunities to interact with other delegates and engage in group activities throughout the workshop.


Social Policy in Asia
Led by Weihua “Edward” An, Dept. of Sociology, Harvard University

Inequalities seem to have dual effects on modern society. On the one hand, they may provide necessary incentives to sustain market competition and social mobility. On the other hand, however, extreme inequalities may not only slow down economic growth, but also block the normal mechanisms for social mobility, and hence lead a society into economic stagnation or even political turmoil. The purpose of this workshop is to describe the distribution and structure of contemporary inequalities in Asian countries, focusing on dimensions such as income, education, health, gender, and ethnicity. It also seeks to explain the consequences and generating mechanisms of these inequalities, as well as the relevant policy tools and their relative strengths and weaknesses. In most cases, cross-country comparisons will be made for delegates to better understand the effectiveness of policy tools within institutional and cultural contexts.


Asia’s Information Society
Led by Hannah Ma, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

The rapid spread of the Internet in the Asia-Pacific region has dramatically reshaped everyday life for its citizens - and portends great change for the global environment. Today, nearly 400 million people on the continent - comprising over a third of the world's Internet users - are connected to the World Wide Web. Their preferences, needs, and activities are reshaping the Internet, as both consumers and producers across the technology spectrum, from backend code to highly visible e-content. The effects of the Internet have not been merely commercial, but have rippled across Asian society - creating contentious political issues, recrafting social norms, and accelerating economic development.
This workshop will explore the information revolution in Asia, its potential and its challenges. It will examine the role of the state in both supporting and constraining the power of the Internet; its impact on economic development and inequality; and the consequent cultural and social shifts within Asian societies.


Popular Culture in Asia
Led by Ying Qian, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Hong Kong martial arts movies, Japanese Manga and Anime, Korean TV serials, Bollywood films, endless street theatre and graffiti, countless personal webblogs sharing love for the same popular music stars...Asia is exploding with a popular culture that gives new definitions of national and ethnic identities. Popular culture, in contrast to "high culture" or "elite culture," has many disputed characteristics. Some say it is merely formulaic, while others believe it truly belongs to the masses. Some say it is "culture on the margin," providing alternative visions of society, while others claim it is just another infiltration by global capitalism. What exactly is popular culture? Does it have a history? How can we critically examine its meanings, political uses and social currency? How can we understand the cultural, economic, and political processes behind its creation and transmission? In this workshop, we will bring together cultural historians, artists, filmmakers, art administrators and university students from all over Asia and the world, for a rich forum on the history, politics, aesthetics, and sociology of popular culture in Asia. We will examine not only the major national players in new Asian popular culture (China, Japan, Korea and India), but also learn about indigenous and local cultures in countries that have received less attention, such as Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and other nations in South and Southeast Asia. The workshop aims to provide an understanding of popular culture in historical and comparative perspectives, and its role in nation-building, identity-formation and political resistance.