SPONSORED: Watson Institute to host panel discussion on India and China

Experts from the Brookings Institution and MIT will come together at the Watson Institute this week to discuss political and security issues in Asia. The panel discussion, “Security Perspectives on a Rising Asia: China and India,” will take place on Friday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at Watson’s Joukowsky Forum.

The four-person panel will touch on issues including Chinese and Indian views of a desirable international system, as well as China and India’s policies towards key international players and their smaller neighbors alike. The panelists are also expected to discuss the two countries’ nuclear policies and their roles in international organizations.

The four panelists are: Stephen P. Cohen, a Brookings senior fellow in foreign policy with expertise in India, Pakistan, South Asian security, and proliferation issues; Jonathan Pollack, a Brookings senior fellow in foreign policy with expertise in Chinese political-military strategy, U.S.-China relations, the political and security dynamics of the Korean Peninsula, and U.S. strategy and policy in Asia and the Pacific; Vipin Narang, an assistant professor of political science at MIT whose research interests include nuclear proliferation, South Asian security, quantitative conflict studies, international relations theory, and general security studies; and M. Taylor Fravel, an associate professor of political science and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT.

“Security Perspectives on a Rising Asia: China and India” is part of Brown’s Year of China, a yearlong initiative examining China’s culture, history, people, geography, and neighbors, and its relation to the world. The Year of China initiative aims to explore China’s past, present, and possible future through an array of programs across disciplines.

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Year of China special at Jo’s TONIGHT!

Take a break from the stress of the housing lottery, and head over to Jo’s, which is hosting a Year of China special from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight. The special menu will include fried rice, egg rolls, dumplings, blossom salad and sesame noodles, according to culinary guru Aaron Fitzsenry.

Beyond food, the special will also feature “a Chinese gown fashion show, calligraphy and musical and dance performances,” according to the Dining Services website.

Time to take a break from that spicy with spicy kielbasa, and grab yourself some egg rolls.

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Leslie Chang Comes to Brown

Remember that book that all of us freshmen bonded over our mutual dislike of? No, not Twilight. I’m talking about Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie Chang. People like to be down on the First Readings seminars, but try to think back to all the things you liked about Factory Girls: the deeply compelling stories of Min and Chunming, their adventures in and around Dongguan and the intertwining vignettes of Chinese history and the author’s own family story.

For those of you who haven’t seen the thousands of posters on bathrooms and bulletin boards already, Leslie Chang herself will be visiting campus tomorrow for a First Readings Lecture. She will be speaking about her difficulties writing the book, what she learned while writing it and the changes that have taken place in the characters’ lives and the Dongguan factory world since the book was published. This is an amazing opportunity to hear an author talk about her book in her own words, especially since it’s a book that we all read and put so much time and energy into thinking about. The lecture takes place tomorrow, Tuesday October 11, at 4 pm in Salomon 101.

A Chinese High School Musical


Tonight, renowned Chinese-American film producer Janet Yang ’78 will be on campus to give a talk at the Granoff at 6 pm on her work in portraying Asian and Chinese culture in Hollywood, as part of the University’s efforts in the Year of China event series. Her past work includes films such as Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun and Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club.

One of her more recent works involves doing the exact opposite: Bringing Hollywood to China. Released last year, Disney High School Musical: China is basically the exact same story as its multi-million dollar American counterpart. Nonetheless, the task of transplanting an entire culture across the Pacific is no easy task. Lyrics weren’t just simply pumped through Google Translate. Yang and her team had to reinvent and reimagine an entire universe in order to make the story comprehensible to China’s millions of tweenage boys and girls.

With this, Disney High School Musical: China will join the ranks of Disney’s international media empire (did someone say hegemony?), which includes Brazil’s High School Musical: O Desafio and Argentina’s High School Musical: El Desafio–not to mention the Korean rip off, Dream High.