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Tuesday – November 8, 2011 – 6:00 PM
Mechanics' Institute Library
57 Post Street, San Francisco

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
A presentation by Ezra F. Vogel

Renowned Asia scholar Ezra Vogel discusses his latest book Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. According to Vogel, perhaps no twentieth-century leader will prove to have made a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. Once described by Mao Zedong as a “needle inside a ball of cotton,” Deng was the pragmatic yet disciplined driving force behind China's opening to the world and radical transformation. He confronted the damage wrought by the Cultural Revolution, dissolved Mao's cult of personality, and loosened the economic and social policies that had stunted China's growth. Obsessed with modernization and technology, Deng opened trade relations with the West, which lifted hundreds of millions of his countrymen out of poverty. Yet at the same time he answered to his authoritarian roots, most notably when he ordered the crackdown in June 1989 at Tiananmen Square.

Ezra F. Vogel is a Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, and has written many books on Japan, China, and East Asia. The Japanese edition of Professor Vogel's book, Japan as Number One: Lessons for America (1979), remains the all-time best-seller of non-fiction by a Western author in Japan.

Asia Society, Mechanics' Institute, and JPRI members FREE. Non-members $12.

Co-presented by Asia Society Northern California, Mechanics' Institute Library, and Japan Policy Research Institute.

October 21-22, 2011 – All Day
Sunnyvale, California

Global Forum on Human Trafficking

We at JPRI are honored to support the third Global Forum on Human Trafficking, which convenes October 21-22, 2011, in Sunnyvale, California.

The Forum offers not only presentations by notable figures like Desmond Tutu (Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town), Jack Dorsey (Co-Founder of Twitter), and Mira Sorvino (UN Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking), but also policy panels on “new models and tangible solutions” for fighting human trafficking throughout the world, including in the Asia Pacific.

Visit http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/events/global-forum-on-human-trafficking/ for the agenda and additional information.

Friends of JPRI can attend at the discounted registration rate of only $99 - that is, $100 OFF the regular rate of $199. Simply go to the following registration link and insert “JPRI” in the Coupon Code box.

Registration link: https://nfs.webconnex.com/globalforum

The Forum will provide you with the opportunity to network with abolitionists committed to ending human trafficking. Participants will meet global leaders who have pioneered the most effective and innovative methods to confront traffickers, provide service to survivors, and undercut forces that drive trafficking demand.

Wednesday - October 19, 2011 - 5:30 PM (NOTE EARLY START TIME)
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton

ANPO: The Arts of Resistance
A film screening and conversation with director Linda Hoaglund

“ANPO” is a Japanese term referring to the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty, which allows for stationing American troops and bases in Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan. In 1960, public resentment and concerns about this military presence boiled over into massive popular demonstrations. Japanese artists then and now both chronicle and contribute to this resistance movement with a rich range of works, including many large-scale paintings that remain little known outside of Japan. Linda Hoaglund's ANPO: Art X War vividly captures this story of cultural politics.

Linda Hoaglund is a filmmaker and translator. She produced the acclaimed documentary Wings of Defeat (2007), about Japanese kamikaze pilots, and has written subtitles for over 200 films, including those by Akira Kurosawa and Hayao Miyazaki.

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

Cosponsored by the Asia Society Northern California, the Japan Society of Northern California, and the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture at San Francisco State University.

Thursday - April 21, 2011 - 5:45 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton

After the Deluge: Nuclear Crisis in Japan and the Environment, Energy Policy, and Public Health

In this Earth Day preview event, we will explore some important long-term implications of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the nuclear crisis that followed. Focusing on environmental, energy, and public health issues in Japan and other Pacific Rim countries, the discussion will analyze the repercussions of the disaster— What will be the impact of radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on people and the environment? How will this crisis affect future efforts to combat climate change?

Join Peter Hayes, Ph.D., Executive Director, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, and Kirk Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Global Environmental Health, UC Berkeley for a discussion that goes beyond the headlines of these dramatic, tragic events, and examines the likely impacts they will have for our lives on the Pacific Rim and around the world.

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

Presented by the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability and the Japan Policy Research institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim. Cosponsored by the Asia Society Northern California, Give2Asia, the USF Biology Department,the USF Environmental Studies Program, the USF Master of Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) Program, and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Japan in Crisis: Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 24, 2011; 12:00pm-1:30pm
K&L Gates
4 Embarcadero, Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please join us for this luncheon panel discussion on Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the ongoing nuclear crisis, Japan's political leadership, and implications for Asia and the United States. The issues at hand are complex and dynamic, and media coverage and analyses have widely diverged. This program features prominent experts who will cut through the confusion and provide an assessment of what is really happening on the ground. The program will also address relief efforts and what the public can do to help.

Panel of Speakers

Joonhong Ahn is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Japan, Professor Ahn is one of the world's leading authorities on nuclear power, the nuclear power system in Japan, and radioactive waste disposal. He taught at the University of Tokyo before joining the Berkeley faculty.

Chuji Ando is a colonel in Japan's Self Defense Forces and currently a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is researching security issues in Northeast Asia, including Japan's relationship with a rising China. His operational tours include flying F-4 fighter aircraft and commanding a F-4 squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

Dr. Steven K. Vogel is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the political economy of advanced industrialized nations, especially Japan. He is the author of Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry Are Reforming Japanese Capitalism.

Josh Harkinson is a staff writer for Mother Jones , where he has covered environmental issues since 2006. His series of stories on water scarcity helped Mother Jones win the National Magazine for General Excellence last year. Harkinson has written widely on resource and energy issues.

Presented by the Asia Society Northern California. Co-sponsored by Give2Asia, Japan Policy Research Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, Japan Society of Northern California, Mechanics Institute, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, UC Berkeley Institute for International Studies. Special thanks to K&L Gates for its generous support. Funds collected from registration fees will be donated toward earthquake/tsunami relief.

Asia Society/Co-sponsor members $10
Non-members $20, Students/Seniors $5
For more information and to register, please call 415-421-8707 or visit https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=919698

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