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News Archives - Asia | 2014

  • China Dialogue Trust releases new report on “China Overseas: Looking Beyond the Headlines”

    China Dialogue Trust has released a new special report on China’s overseas investments and China’s impact on the environment in Africa, South America and Central Asia. The report consists of 17 shorter updates, on topics that range from the efforts of Chinese firms to improve their reputations overseas, to the environmental effects of China’s investments and purchases on Latin America, to opportunities for progress and communication within China itself. The fully bilingual report is available here. chinadialogue’s mission is to foster intelligent international conversation about environmental challenges by releasing high-quality, bilingual information and reports, with the ultimate goal of building common understanding and enabling concerted solutions. The organization received a three-year grant from the Luce Foundation in 2012 for “research and reporting on China’s global environmental impact.”

  • 75th Anniversary Grant to Arizona State University Foundation will support American Studies classes in China

    For more information, please see the 75th Anniversary Initiative.

  • New York Times highlights “Lost Kingdoms” exhibit at the Met

    Pulitzer-prize winning art critic Holland Cotter has highlighted the exhibit, “Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through July 27th. The exhibit features over 150 sculptures from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar, many of them national treasures that have never before traveled outside their source countries. The exhibit explores differing regional interpretations of Hindu and Buddhist practices, as well as the religious syncretism that incorporated ancient and local traditions into newer Hindu and Buddhist art. Cotter calls the works both “important and breathtakingly beautiful,” and the exhibit, “as rich as a massed chorale and as haunting as a single-voice chant.” “Lost Kingdoms” received support from the Luce Foundation through a grant made to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013.

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges introduce new digital resources for Asian Environmental Studies

    Hobart and William Smith’s Asian Environmental Studies program has introduced a website that offers statistics, data, and aggregated resources for research into Asian Environmental Studies. The site also features visualization and mapping tools, examples of student work, and a discussion forum for scholars working in these fields.

  • The New York Times features video journalism stories from Myanmar

    The New York Times has published video journalism stories from Myanmar produced by The Center for Digital TV and the World, a project of the Tides Center, and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A team of professionals led by veteran journalist Todd Carrel and documentary maker Christoper Beaver helped train the young journalists as part of an overseas practicum designed to encourage coverage of Asia. Berkeley graduate student Catherine Traywick’s “Poetry After Politics” explores how an art form that was previously used for oblique political protest is transforming itself in the new era of loosened censorship and more direct political speech. “Buddhists in Pink,” by Chelsi Moy, another Berkeley graduate student, provides insight into the Buddhist nunneries of Myanmar that serve as spiritual retreats and social safety nets for orphans, elderly women, and victims of abuse. The Center for Digital TV and the World also worked with two professionals, New York Times video journalist Matthew Orr, and Emmy Award-winning freelance journalist Pierre Kattar.

    The Tides Center received a three-year grant for the Center for Digital TV and the World from the Luce Foundation in 2010, in addition to funding from other sources.



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