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Fighting Human Trafficking in the Golden Triangle: The Journey of Kru Nam and Not For Sale
Thursday, 7 October 2010; 5:45 PM
Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus
(Enter off Parker between Golden Gate & Fulton)

27 million people are enslaved today – and many of the victims are children.

While human trafficking and slavery still beset every corner of the world, including the Bay Area, children in certain places are at special risk.   In the Golden Triangle region of Thailand – along its borders with Burma (Myanmar) and Laos – there are hundreds of thousands of street children who are not recognized as citizens.   As stateless people, these children are denied education, health care, and other opportunities and protections of citizenship, making them particularly vulnerable to exploitation.

In this special forum artist-activist Kru Nam and scholar-activist David Batstone will provide a report from the frontlines of this humanitarian challenge. They will talk about what they are doing to rescue and fight for the rights of street children in northern Thailand, what else must be done, and the many ways you too can help re-abolish slavery in our own time.

Presented by The Not for Sale Campaign and the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) at University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim. A reception and book signing follow the talk.

Cosponsored by Asia Society Northern California, Global Exchange, USF McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, USF Erasmus Community; USF University Ministry, and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

This event is part of the joint JPRI-Asia Society Human Security Initiative , and also provides a preview of The Not for Sale Campaign's second Global Forum on Human Trafficking (October 14-15, 2010).

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828.

Never an Empty Bowl: Sustaining Food Security in Asia
Thursday, September 30, 2010; 5:30 PM
The Asia Foundation
465 California Street
San Francisco, CA

Despite Asia's remarkable economic development, more than half a billion Asians still go hungry each day. The future seems even more daunting, with population growth, dwindling land and water resources for agriculture, and significant uncertainties from climate change all posing new and difficult challenges.

This event presents a new report prepared by an Asia Society/International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Task Force on Food Security and Sustainability in Asia. The landmark report examines the multiple factors contributing to Asia's growing food insecurity and lays out a strategy for the future that emphasizes the critical importance of rice as a source of nutrition, livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. An executive summary of the report is available here.


Duncan Macintosh is Head of Development for IRRI in the Philippines and Executive Director of IRRI Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dr. Peter Timmer
is Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Development Studies, emeritus at Harvard University and Principal Advisor to the Task Force.

Dr. Bruce Tolentino (moderator) is Chief Economist and Director of Economic Reform and Development Programs for The Asia Foundation.

Jeremy Zwinger is President & CEO of The Rice Trader, which monitors the global rice industry.

Presented by The Asia Society and the International Rice Research Institute. Co-sponsored by Give2Asia and the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) at University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim. This event is also part of the joint Asia Society-JPRI Human Security and Sustainable Development Initiative.

$5 Asia Society/Co-sponsor Members
$10 Non-members

Kanrin Maru Symposium: 
The Future of the U.S.-Japan Relationship
Monday, May 10, 2010; 12pm-7pm
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

This international conference commemorates the 150th anniversary of Japan's first diplomatic mission to the United States and examines the outlook for Japan-U.S. Relations.

The Symposium agenda will consist of a keynote luncheon (12pm-1:45pm); panels on business, diplomatic, and civil society dimensions of this critical bilateral relationship (2pm-5:30pm); and a reception (6pm-7pm).

- Ambassador Michael Armacost (Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University; former U.S. Ambassador to Japan)
- Dr. Carol Cherkis (President, BioInfoStrategies)
- Dr. Richard B. Dasher (Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University)
- Joseph R. Donovan , Jr. (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State)
- Glen S. Fukushima (CEO, Airbus Japan; former President, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan)
- Taro Kono (Member, House of Representatives of the Japanese Diet; Liberal Democratic Party)
- Dr. Daniel Okimoto (Professor Emeritus of Political Science & Director Emeritus, Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University)
- Dr. Koji Osawa (Managing Principal & Co-founder, Global Catalyst Partners)
- Yochiro Taku (Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)
- Hitoshi Tanaka (Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; former Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan)
- Dr. Steven K. Vogel (Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley)

To register, please visit the registration page:

The Symposium is presented by The Japan Society of Northern California, in partnership with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Japan Policy Research Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, JETRO San Francisco, and World Affairs Council of Northern California.

China and the E-waste Export Challenge
Tuesday, 4 May, 2010; 5:45 PM
Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus
(Enter off Parker between Golden Gate & Fulton)

How many cell phones, computers, and other hi-tech gadgets have you THROWN AWAY?

Electronic waste or "e-waste" is the fastest growing disposal problem in the world. The US alone produces over three million tons of e-waste in a single year. This creates mountains of highly toxic trash. Much of it ends up in China and other parts of the developing world, polluting entire towns, their soil, and water. The chemicals involved in this waste are known to cause among other things cancer, brain developmental damage in children, and birth defects. What can we do to strive toward international environmental and social justice? Be part of the solution. Hear our panel of experts discuss these problems and new approaches to dealing with the rising challenge of these ever-growing piles of toxic garbage.

Joshua Goldstein, Associate Professor at USC and author of Remains of the Everyday: One Hundred Years of Recycling in Beijing, will talk about e-waste in China;

Steven Rockhold, Global Program Manager for Product Reuse and Recycling at Hewlett Packard, will give a presentation on HP's new hardware and supplies take-back programs for reuse and recycling; and

James Kao, founder and CEO of GreenCitizen, Inc., will discuss the responsible repair and recycling of your electronics here in San Francisco.

Ted Smith, founder and former Executive Director of Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, co-founder of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, and co-founder and Coordinator of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) will moderate the discussion

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828.

Presented by the USF Center for the Pacific Rim and chinadialogue. Co-sponsored by the USF Japan Policy Research Institute, the Asia Society Northern California, and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Pacific Rim Business Triangle: Economic and Political Dimensions of U.S. - China - Taiwan Relations
Monday, April 5, 2010; 5:45 PM
Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco Main Campus
(Enter off Parker between Golden Gate & Fulton)

A panel discussion presented by The Japan Policy Research Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim and The Asia Society Northern California, featuring

Robert A. Kapp, Ph.D. (moderator)
President, Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc.; former President, U.S.-China Business Council

Thomas B. Gold, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Executive Director, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University

Bret E. Lee
Executive Director, Taiwan Trade Center, San Francisco

Jean Oi, Ph.D.
Director, Stanford China Program; William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics; Senior Fellow in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

Our panel of distinguished guests will discuss the dynamic economic interactions between Taiwan, China, and the United States in the larger context of trans-Pacific and cross-Strait politics.

This event is part of the opening ceremony for the 2010 Bay Area Strait Talk Symposium , a week of workshops and public events to promote peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait and Pacific Rim. Strait Talk , which established a Berkeley chapter last year, was founded at Brown in 2005 as a student-centered “non-partisan dialogue program that seeks to transform international conflict by connecting young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the United States” and by “empowering them” through conflict resolution training so that they become the next generation of peacemakers.

Join us for what promises to be a stimulating panel discussion and a lively Q&A session.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828.

Co-Sponsored by U.C. Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies; China Dialogue; East-West Center Association Northern California; Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning; Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability; Pacific Council on International Policy; Strait Talk; TaiwaneseAmerican.org; World Affairs Council of Northern California.

Imagining Atrocity: Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death and the Nanjing Massacre on Film

Wednesday, 10 March, 2010; 5:45 PM
Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus
(Enter off Parker between Golden Gate & Fulton)

On December 13, 1937 the Japanese army entered the Chinese capital of Nanjing, beginning a six week period of slaughter and mayhem. The incident was largely marginalized in the West and consistently underplayed in China for political reasons. In China, it was not until the mid-eighties, when the Nanjing Massacre suddenly began to reenter Chinese public discourse and popular consciousness (via a changing PRC political agenda), that a handful of celluloid depictions of the Rape of Nanjing began to grace theaters and classrooms in China. This talk will trace the evolution of the Nanjing Massacre through popular culture, with special attention to cinema and television. From Luo Guanqun's 1987 film Massacre in Nanjing (屠城血证) to Lu Chuan's landmark 2009 film City of Life and Death, (南京! 南京!), Professor Berry will explore the intermingling of history, politics and the cinematic imagination of the Nanjing Massacre in contemporary China.

Michael Berry is associate professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Speaking in Images: Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers (Columbia, 2005; Rye Field, 2007; Guangxi Normal University Press, 2008), A History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film (Columbia, 2008, Rye Field,. 2010) and Jia Zhangke's The Hometown Trilogy (British Film Institute & Palgrave Macmillan, 2009; Guangxi Normal University Press, 2010). He is also the translator of several novels, including The Song of Everlasting Sorrow (with Susan Chan Egan) (Columbia, 2008), To Live (Anchor, 2004), Nanjing 1937: A Love Story (Columbia, 2002, Anchor, 2004, Faber & Faber, 2004), and Wild Kids: Two Novels about Growing Up (Columbia, 2000).

JPRI is pleased to co-present Dr. Berry's talk as part of its Divided Lenses project.

Chiho Sawada, Ph.D., Director of the Japan Policy Research Institute at the Center for the Pacific Rim, will moderate.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828. City of Life and Death will screen on Wednesday, March 17 at 9:10pm at the Kabuki Sundance Theaters in San Francisco, and on Friday, March 19 at 9:10pm at the PFA in Berkeley. To purchase tickets visit the Film Festival site.

Presented by the USF Center for the Pacific Rim and its Japan Policy Research Institute; cosponsored by the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the USF Chinese Students and Scholars Association, East-West Center Association Northern California, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, World Affairs Council of Northern California, and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Papua New Guinea Development Conference
February 26-28, 2010
Stanford University

The Papua New Guinea Conference on Development at Stanford University brings together academics, diplomats, and practitioners from Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the United States to explore challenges in international development through the case study of Papua New Guinea, a once isolated country now undergoing many transformations.

Join us throughout the weekend of February 26-28, 2010, for panels on governance, public health, environment, and education (along with “breakout” policy workshops) featuring PNG Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Aisi, the PNG Minister of Education James Marape, PNG Ambassador to the United States Evan Paki, the American scholar/public intellectual Dr. Francis Fukuyama, and many others! The Conference will be chaired by Heather Heistand, the inaugural JPRI Fellow in International Service Learning & Development, and her colleagues at the non-profit service organization Panango.

For students and the general public in the Bay Area, this Conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of PNG citizens and leaders, while exploring development challenges in one of the most culturally and biologically diverse regions in the world. Key questions will include the following: How can a country retain and protect its unique cultures, traditions and heritage, while becoming increasingly open to international influences and developing technologically, economically and socially? How can public policy in each of these fields help achieve these goals? Most critically, how can the country stave off looming environmental and health dangers, and find a sustainable path towards development?

A full schedule of Conference panels and policy workshops is available in pdf format.

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