This presentation considers ways in which China and an "East Asia" which include Southeast Asia can both be compared to Europe in ways that help us appreciate the limitation of conceptualizing political processes largely through practices pioneered in European history. Contrasts between political institutions in China and Europe historically and today in turn suggest the flexible ways in which "region" can mediate between the global and the local levels of analysis. We need to attend to patterns of spatial similarities among regions as well as differences in order to better understand how regions were historically constructed and how these constructions shape the possibilities and limits of region-thinking and making today.
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Prof R. Bin Wong, Director, UCLA Asia Institute; Visiting Distinguished Professor, Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, Fudan University
- Monday, 14 March 2011
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-4
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road