Attend the Center for Middle East Studies Lecture “The Remaking of Asia” on January 24th

January 23, 2013

Come attend the Center for Middle East Studies lecture “The Remaking of Asia: What Does the Shift of Power from the West to the East Portend?” by Pankaj Mishra with a response from Haider Khan (Professor of Economics, Korbel) The lecture is this Thursday, January 24th at 12:00 PM in Sié 150 of Ben Cherrington Hall

At the end of 19th century, Asia was regarded as a collection of ruined countries by Western colonial powers. But a new era began in 1905 with Japan’s unexpected triumph in the Russo-Japanese War. Recently, the spotlight has been on Asia as China and India follow Japan as rising powers. These Asian countries are not necessarily aspiring to be the “next” United States. Rather, they are determined to make their mark in the global arena without succumbing to powerful Western influences. The assertiveness of Asian powers calls into question many previous assumptions, among them the notion that development and modernization equal Westernization. Pankaj Mishra will examine some of these shattered verities of Western power, and also analyze the diverse ways in which the rise of Asia might shape our common future.

Pankaj Mishra is the author of From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia, Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond, An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World, and the novel The Romantics. He is a columnist for Bloomberg View, a regular commentator on the BBC, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker and The Guardian, among other publications. He was named one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012 by Foreign Policy magazine.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, the Center for China-United States Cooperation, the Asian Studies Program and the History Department.